For more than 20 years, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System has offered this exciting, year-long clinical residency for BSN nursing students, between their junior and senior years. VALOR is designed to increase participant's clinical skills, clinical judgment and critical thinking while caring for our nation’s Veterans. One-to-one preceptor relationships help students build confidence in their nursing skills, and VALOR students have a unique opportunity to connect with the VA Puget Sound Health Care System to assess the feasibility of employment after graduation. VA Puget Sound Health Care System is known for excellence in the delivery of health care. Every year, VALOR Students complete a special project, the results of which are shared with their preceptors and nursing staff.
In 2014, former VALOR Students Briana McCadam, Seattle Pacific University; Michael Kelly, University of Washington and Letitia Marsh, Pacific Lutheran University (SICU), competing against 60+ posters submitted by top medical institutions throughout the Pacific Northwest were awarded the Certificate of Achievement, for Best Poster – Evidence Based Practice Initiative 2014 at the annual Seattle Nursing Research Conference (SNRC)! The title: Alarm Fatigue in Nursing: Consequences of Clinical Audio Interruptions. Each former VALOR is now a Registered Nurse.
Clinical assignments available in a variety of specialties: acute medical surgical units, critical care, home health, renal dialyses, emergency department, mental health, outpatient surgery and rehab unit. Students have the opportunity to rotate to more than one clinical setting throughout the course of the year.
To be accepted into VALOR, a student must:
Veterans meeting eligibility criteria are given preferential status in the VALOR selection process.
Students meeting all eligibility criteria will need to apply online through USA Jobs. All prospective VALORs must complete an in-person interview as part of the selection process.
Questions, contact us at
Janice M. Foster, MPA, BSN, RN - VALOR Program Coordinator
VA Puget Sound Health Care System -
Questions can be directed to Ms. Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.277.3083