Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners Residency - North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners Residency

About the Program

The program is designed to support the new graduate in acquiring the competencies needed for successful independent practice as an advanced practice nurse within a complex, Veteran-centric health care environment. Specifically, the program provides training in culturally sensitive, patient-centered care using empirically based best practices and interprofessional collaboration.

Training domains include: 

  • Professional role development and career management
  • Clinical assessment and case formulation
  • Clinical Documentation
  • Treatment planning and patient engagement
  • Mental Health Treatment, including evidence-based pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, alternative and complementary approaches
  • Consultation and Interprofessional Communication Skills
  • Patient-Centered Cultural Competency (with a particular emphasis on Military and Veteran culture)
  • Clinical Scholarship, Leadership, and Program Development and Evaluation 

Residents will primarily rotate through clinics in Gainesville, Florida and receive preceptorship from Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatrists in multiple settings, including: 

  • Outpatient mental Health
  • Substance Use Disorders Clinic
  • Primary Care/Mental Health Integration
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Mental Health Intensive Case Management 

Each resident will manage a panel of patients in a year-long continuity clinic while also rotating through specialty mental health care settings, providing a comprehensive experience designed to prepare the graduate to work and lead in a complex healthcare environment. In addition to pharmacotherapeutic treatment, residents will be provided supervised experience in evidence-based psychotherapy and have the opportunity to develop case management skills.

Stipend and Benefits 

  • Stipend: $ 74,984
  • A comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and health benefits
  • Hiring preference for open positions at any VA on completion of the residency
  • Active and ongoing professional development which includes recruitment into open positions in the NF/SGVHS and other VA facilities

Application Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Graduate of an accredited advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing program within the past 12 months
  • Currently serving in their first Nurse Practitioner role within the specialty (Note: nurse practitioners who have obtained additional post certification and are seeking residency in their new role ARE eligible as long as you meet all other eligibility criteria)
  • Hold national credentialing as PMHNP through ANCC or eligible for ANCC board exam completion
  • Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a registered nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Current DEA with prescriptive authority/furnishing license (or eligibility to apply for as above)
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Pass a background/security investigation as required by the Veterans Health Administration
  • Pass a pre-trainee physical examination
  • Random drug testing may be required

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum vitae or professional resume (including graduation and board certification completion/test dates)
  • Cover letter describing interest in completing a PMH residency and how it fits with career aspirations. Please include specific interests in Veterans health care, if any.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation: one from an academic instructor; one from a preceptor and one from a place of employment
  • Official graduate school transcripts in a sealed envelope

Please send the CV, Cover letter, an unofficial transcript with sensitive information redacted, Application for Health Professions Trainees VA form 10-2850D (with social security number omitted, you can call that in later for security reasons), Declaration for Federal Employment VA form OF 306, and letters of recommendation, COMBINED INTO ONE PDF, and via email to the program director, Kerry Rae Creasy, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Kerry.Creasy@va.gov.  

The program runs for one year. The exact starting date may change from year to year, so please contact the program director for the specific date pertaining to the year you wish to apply for. Applications are always due May 1st.

Please mail the official transcripts, if asked to do so, AFTER your interview to:

Kerry Rae Creasy (116A)
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL  32608