VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program - VA Puget Sound Health Care System
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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program

Welcome BSN Nursing Students!

VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program

For more than 20 years, VA Puget Sound Health Care System has offered an exciting, year-long clinical residency Baccalaureate Program—VA Learning Opportunites Residency (VALOR)for nursing students between their junior and senior years. VALOR is designed to increase participants clinical skills, clinical judgement and critical thinking while caring for our nation’s Veterans. This program provides opportunities for classroom learning and clinical practice with qualified registered nurse (RN) preceptors. Students recruited for the program must have completed the final semester or quarter of their junior year in an accredited baccalaureate nursing program. Students are appointed during the summer months for 400 hours. This experience may continue during the senior academic year, on a part-time basis, for no more than an additional 400 hours.


  • Enrolled in an accredited Bacheor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program
  • Have a cummulative GPA of at least 3.0 of 4.0 scale, with no grade lower than a B in any nursing course
  • Completed final semester/quarter of junior year prior ro the program start date
  • Eligible to graduate by the following June (2021)
  • At least one clinical experience in a medical center or hospital
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Documentation of immunization status and current BLS Health care provider training
  • All application materials submitted by the deadline
  • No service obligation to any federal, state, or private insitution or recepient of any previous federal scholarship that incurs a service obligation
  • Able to work full-time during the summer months (June-August) and part-time during the academic year

Application Documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two (2) letters of reference
    • One from Dean/Director of the school of nursing, on school letterhead, including a nomination of the student to the program, verification of enrollment as a full time student, and anticipated graduation date
    • One from clinical or faculty advisor on school letterhead, recommending the student for the program
  • Unofficial transcript
  • BLS Provider certification (expiring within no less than 60 days of program start date)

Turn in Applications:

MAIL:      VA Puget Sound Health Care System                           FAX: 206-277-4539

ATTENTION VALOR Program                                        

                Nursing Education S-118

        1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle WA 98108   



Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

Interviews: April 5-26, 2021

Selection Notification: April 30, 2021

Program Starts: June 2021


Students with the most competitive application will be invited to interview with a panel of VA Puget Sound nurses. If selected, students may be required to complete a physical exam and a drug screen.


For questions and information about the VALOR Program at VA Puget Sound email, Senior Nurse Educator


Frequently Asked Questions

Are VALOR students paid?
Yes. VALOR students are paid as hourly, intermittent employees. VALOR students are not eligible for overtime pay, holiday pay, or shift differentials. The rate of pay changes each year.

Can VALOR students choose the unit where they work?
No. VALOR students may express a preference for a unit, but they will be placed according to preceptor availability and unit needs. VALOR students may rotate to other units for observational experiences.

I am in an accelerated BSN program. Can I apply for the VALOR program?
Students in an accelerated BSN program can apply for the VALOR program IF they meet the program requirements and are available to work full time from June – August of the program start year.

How can I make my application competitive?
First, assure you have submitted all the required materials. Seek recommendations from faculty or instructors who will give positive feedback about your performance in nursing school. Assure your resume reflects not only your clinical and health care experience, but also other paid employment, volunteer work, and extracurricular activities.

I still have questions. Who can I speak to about the program?
For questions about the VALOR program at VA Puget Sound, email Marie Therese Timbol-Padriga: