Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program - North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
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Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program

About the Program

The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System is proud to offer a one-year paid traineeship to support new graduate nurses in their first year of practice.  The program is designed for the new graduate nurse who has completed an entry level nursing degree at the baccalaureate or master’s level. The site of the program is the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. New Graduate nurses with no previous experience as a registered nurse are eligible to apply. The BSN or MSN degree must be conferred within one year prior to start date for the program. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  

Nurse Residents participate in a structured clinical nursing program under the guidance of a qualified preceptor, which includes a qualified preceptor throughout the program year. Residents develop core competencies necessary for practice in any environment on a home unit; additional learning rotations expose residents to a variety of practice settings throughout the health system.  Didactic classroom lectures and experiential learning activities are scheduled throughout the year to facilitate successful transition.  Residents are guided through the completion of an evidence-based practice project, utilizing critical thinking and professional presentation skills, enhancing future leadership skills.


Applicants must meet the following requirements to be accepted into the program:

  • Recent graduate (within 12 months of program start date) of a baccalaureate or master’s degree program leading to initial licensure as a registered nurse
  • Possess a current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in a state, commonwealth, or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia
  • No previous work experience as a registered nurse, paid or unpaid
  • United States citizen

Appointment and Benefits

Program participants are appointed to a federal traineeship, for 2,080 hours, to be completed within one year of start date.  Limited benefits are provided.  Program participants are protected from personal liability while providing professional services at a VA health care facility under the Federal Employees Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act, 28 U.S.C. 2679 (b)-(d).

Stipend and Benefits

  • Stipend: $55,888
  • Benefits: Health and dental benefits; paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave
  • Active recruitment into open positions within NF/SG VHS and other VA facilities

Application Process

A full application packet includes the following documents:

  • Application for Health Professions Trainees, VA form 10-2850d
  • Declaration for Federal Employment VA form 306
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (list month/year start and end dates for education and employment)
  • Unofficial transcripts (showing name of school and name of applicant)
  • Two clinical faculty recommendations
  • Current BLS card
  • One-page essay describing your nursing career goals 

Final date to apply:  April 1 for July 1 start date. 

In 2021 only, a second cohort will be offered:  final date to apply is September 30 for December 1 start date. 

Submit completed application packet via e-mail to: