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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program


Welcome BSN Nursing Students!

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 This program provides opportunities for learning include didactic or classroom experiences and competency-based clinical practice with a qualified RN (Registered Nurse) preceptor.  Students recruited for the program must have completed the final semester or quarter of the junior year in a "National League for Nursing (NLN)" or a "Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)" accredited baccalaureate nursing program.  Students are appointed during the summer months for 400 hours.  If funding allows, this experience may continue during their senior academic year on a part-time basis to no more than 800 hours.  Appointment as a VALOR student will be for three months and may be extended up to 12 months.

Program Overview (2017-2018)

Clinical assignments available in a variety of specialties and locations (Seattle and American Lake): community living center, 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 14 – August 18, 2017
  • The hourly wage is $22.85
  • 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 (various schedules may be required, depending on RN/Preceptor assigned schedule)
  • Students are expected continue to work for a minimum of one day per month throughout the school year

Program Eligibility

To be accepted into the VALOR Program, a student must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an ACEN 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/quarter of junior year and must graduate by June 2017
  • 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
  • Not have a service olibligation to any Federal, state or private institution; or be a recipient of any Federal scholarship that incur a service obligation  
  • If male, and born after December 31, 1959, and at least 18 years of age, you must register with Selective Service

Students meeting all eligibility criteria will need to apply online through All prospective VALORs must complete an in-person interview as part of the selection process.

Completed VALOR Program applications must be received by Friday, February 24, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Application Process:

Application Packages will be reviewed by a panel of selected employees from the facility. If you are identified as a VALOR candidate you will be contacted for an interview after February 24, 2017.  During the structured interview, required to be complete in-person, please cite specific examples of experience - explain exactly what you did and the outcome.

Please post the following Application Package Items to

• All Applicants - Government Form(s) 10-2850a & OP-306
• For Veterans Only -  DD-214 & SF-15
• Resume (1-2 pages)
• Letter of Interest: In 1-2 pages, describe interest in the VALOR program and 3-5 year professional goals
• Documentation of current immunization status
• Documentation CPR Basic Life Support at the Healthcare Provider Level

Letter of Reference - One:
From the Dean/Director of the school including
   - A nomination of the student to the program
   - Verification of enrollment as a full time student (as defined by the school)
   - With anticipated graduation date

Letter of Reference - Two:
From a Clinical or Faculty Advisor of the school

  Note:  Sealed Official Transcripts & Sealed Letter(s) of Reference One/Two may be:
       - Hand-delivered to Dr. Gail Bond, Nursing Executive Office, Building 1/Room 332, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division
       - Electronically-submitted by your school to


VALOR Program Coordinator
Gail Bond, PhD, MN, RN