Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency - VA Western Colorado Health Care System
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VA Western Colorado Health Care System


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency

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Mission Statement

VA Western Colorado Health Care System (WCHCS) mission is to provide a comprehensive, educational opportunities in a rural setting through didactic and clinical components to enhance the training of new nurse practitioners in the care of Veterans for successful transition from novice to competent, confident, and independent mental health nurse practitioners.

Program Structure

  • This is a 12-month residency with:
    • Competitive Stipend
    • A comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and health benefits.Clinical rotations are supplemented with didactic sessions, grand rounds, journal club and other learning experiences.
  • The program includes integrated weekly didactic sessions with the Psychology Interns’ Professional Development and Evidence Based Practice Seminars.
  • Clinical Rotations: Inpatient Psychiatry; Outpatient Psychiatry; Addiction Psychiatry; Psychiatric Emergency; & Geropsychiatry.
  • The Resident Director is a supportive resource and provides oversight as you transition to autonomous and competent mental health nurse practitioners.
  • Upon successful completion of the residency, a certificate of completion is awarded, recognized throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

Applicant Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Graduate of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited psychiatric nurse practitioner programs.
  • Recent graduate within the past 12 months who has not worked in the role of PMHNP
  • Hold a master’s degree or doctorate and be licensed, nationally board certified through the ANCC and credential as a nurse practitioner with a specialty in Psychiatric-Mental Health.
  • Proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Background & Security Investigation required.
  • Pass pre-trainee physical examination.
  • Random Drug Testing required
  • Curriculum vitae or Resume
  • Official graduate school transcripts in a sealed envelope.
  • Personal Statement: What personal, professional, educational and clinical experiences have led you to choose nursing as a profession, and the role of a mental health nurse practitioner as a specialty practice? What are your aspirations for a Residency program? Please comment upon your vision and planning for your short and long-term career development. Maximum: two (2) pages
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation: (one must be from faculty member or graduate program); in sealed envelopes or emailed directly from the individual writing the letter.

Look for Announcement for Academic Year 2021/2022 this fall.

In the meantime .. We welcome you to contact us directly with any questions or interest.

Kari Weirath, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC
PMHNP Residency Director
VA Western Colorado Health Care System
2121 North Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 242-0731 x6050
(970) 216-7120