Welcome to the VA Boston Healthcare System’s (VA BHS’) Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency (PBNR) Program homepage. The VA BHS’ PBNR program has been developed to improve the quality of patient care by providing additional training and support to new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates. This is a very competitive 12-month training program which incorporates a clinical, didactic, and evidence-based practice curriculum. Immediate supervisor is the Program Director and clinical supervision is by qualified preceptors; a mentor is also assigned by the program director. This training program is funded by the Veteran Health Administration's Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA). Upon completion, graduates are encouraged to apply for VA positions. The PBNR program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


PBNR Program Eligibility:

  • Must be U.S. Citizen.

  • Graduated from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program with a BSN or Direct Entry-MSN, between

    August 2019 and June 2020.

  • Proficient in written and spoken English.

  • Background & Security Investigation are required.

  • Pass pre-trainee physical examination.

  • Random Drug Testing is required.

  • Obtain current, unrestricted RN license by August 1, 2020.


Application Requirements:


  • RESUME: no more than 2 pages.

  • PERSONAL STATEMENT: 400 words “Why I Wish to be Selected for the VA Boston Healthcare System RN Residency Program”.

  • THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS: TWO from school faculty (one must be a clinical faculty) and ONE from Nurse Manager/Assistant Nurse Manager of Unit of Senior Capstone Experience (or if you are employed as NA or PCA– your current immediate Nurse supervisor). Place sealed envelope or e-mailed directly from School Faculty/Nurse Manager to Nurse Recruiter at:BostonVAnurse@va.gov.

  • TRANSCRIPTS: Official from school, sealed envelope.

  • DD -214: submit if applicant is a Veteran.


Application Deadlines:

  • Applications are accepted until April 1, 2020.

  • Application review and interview process will be scheduled in April 2020.

  • The residency program start date is August 2020.


Complete application materials (as specified above) must be postmarked or e-mailed by close of business (COB) on April 1, 2020. Submit application materials to:

Nurse Recruiter, VA BHS
940 Belmont Street (118) Brockton, MA 02301
Fax: 774-826-1115


Salary and Benefits

The resident in our program is considered a federal full-time trainee with a stipend and benefit package.

  • Stipend: Competitive and based on locality.

  • Healthcare Benefits: Information about Federal Employment Benefits can be accessed from the following

    link: http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp?ProgramEd=1. Benefits include:

    • Government Health Care Medical Plan.

    • Option for dental and life insurance.

  • 10 paid holidays.

  • Annual and sick leave is accrued at a rate of 8/4 hours per pay period.


If interested in applying to the PBNR program, and have additional questions, please e-mail Judy Wendt, Associate Chief of Nursing/Academic Affiliations, VA BHS Nursing Affiliations Program, at Judith.Wendt@va.gov.




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