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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


VA Learning Opportunities Residency Program (VALOR)


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.

Program Overview (2015-2016)

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.

  • This is a ten-week paid summer program, June 15 - Aug. 21, 2015. The hourly wage is $21.21, and a bus pass subsidy is also available.
  • A limited number of $10,000, tax free tuition scholarships are available if a student opts to apply.
  • One-week general orientation including classroom, computer training to introduce students to the VA; specific unit orientation follows thereafter. 
  • VALOR Students work 40 hours per week during the summer program which includes clinical practice with an RN/Preceptor coach along with other planned educational experiences. Students are expected continue to work for a minimum of one day per month throughout the school year.
  • NCLEX-RN review course registration fee will be paid by the VA when VALOR student accepts a VA Puget Sound offer of employment.

Program Eligibility

 To be accepted into VALOR, a student must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an NLNAC or CCNE accredited BSN program.
  • Have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with no grade lower than a B in any nursing course.
  • Have completed the final semester or quarter of your junior year and must graduate by June 2016.
  • Have had at least one clinical experience in a medical center or hospital.
  • Be a U.S. citizen and meet physical examination standards at the time of entry into the VALOR Program.
  • Provide documentation of current immunization status and CPR Basic Life Support at the Healthcare Provider Level.
  • Be able to complete 400 consecutive hours (10 weeks) as a VALOR Student during the summer months.
  • Be willing to work a minimum of one day per month when school starts.
  • Complete the application process and submit all materials by the application deadline.

Veterans meeting eligibility criteria are given preferential status in the VALOR selection process.

How to Apply

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.

  • VALOR Program applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 20, 2015. 

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 or 206.277.3083