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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System


VAAAHS PBNR Program Achieves CCNE Accreditation

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program Group Photo

Students in the recently accredited VAAAHS Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program pose with the Associate Chief Nurse of Education.

By Pamela Weber, MS, RN, Associate Chief Nurse of Education, Simulation Center Director
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

We are excited to announce that the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education CCNE Board of Commissioners acted at its meeting on October 17-19, 2017, to grant accreditation to the Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency (PBNR) program at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) for 5 years, extending to December 31, 2022. The accreditation action is effective as of March 22, 2017, which is the first day of the program’s recent CCNE on-site evaluation. At its meeting, the Board determined that the program met all four accreditation standards. The Board additionally determined that there are no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements. This accomplishment is extraordinary and reflects the tremendous amount of work that goes into this program. The VAAAHS program is one of only eleven accredited VA PBNR programs throughout the nation, and the only program of its kind that exists in VISN 10.

VAAAHS has a strong commitment to the education and preparation of nurses. Initiated in 2013, the VAAAHS Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency program is affiliated with the University of Detroit Mercy College of Health Professionals McAuley School of Nursing. Supported by the Veterans Health Administration Office of Academic Affiliations, this program is a federally-funded year-long traineeship designed to bridge education and professional practice, building on essentials learned in academic programs to develop a safe, compassionate professional nurse. The mission of the VAAAHS Nurse Residency Program is to provide newly graduated BSN and MSN nurses with an exceptional experience in transitioning into a professional nurse role. In alignment with the VA’s mission, the program prepares residents to be competent, confident, and practice-ready clinicians who are skilled in delivering the best care to our nation’s Veterans. The program subscribes to the VA vision of education, research, and service as an integral part of the VAAAHS Center of Excellence in nursing education. To achieve this mission, we, in collaboration with a network of nurse mentors, preceptors, and academic faculty members, engage residents in a wide spectrum of integrated didactic and clinical activities aimed to support their growth and development in evidence-based practice, teamwork, and leadership.

VAAAHS' Nurse Residency Program features a curriculum design that is structured to provide trainees with a wide variety of experience that fosters mastery of core knowledge and skills needed to deliver Veteran-centered nursing care. All curriculum content is grounded in the principles of our Relationship Based Care program, which is the care delivery model that guides our nursing practice and aligns with the VAAAHS mission, vision, and core values. Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence (ICARE) form the basic precept for the goals and objectives of the PBNR program. ICARE values are integrated throughout the program encouraging genuine relationship building for each resident, for every colleague and co-worker, and for every Veteran and their family members. VAAAHS is committed to providing a caring and healing environment for our staff, our Veterans and their families. Resulting from such a successful CCNE accreditation site visit, the OAA increased Ann Arbor’s funding from six clinical trainee positions per year to ten.


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