August 05, 2020

Baltimore VA Medical Center

Tara McNulty

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Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program (Geriatrics)

Academic partners: University of Maryland, School of Nursing and George Washington University, School of Nursing

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) has partnered with the University of Maryland School of Nursing and The George Washington University School of Nursing in an innovative 12-month Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PC NPR) Residency Program. This program, to be held at VAMHCS, is supported by the Office of Academic Affiliations who oversees the PC NP residency in collaboration with the VA’s Office of Nursing Services.

The program is designed to provide a supportive learning environment and a path to success for new nurse practitioners interested in geriatric primary care careers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and working with rural and underserved Veterans. It employs an interprofessional “clinician-leader-improver” model comprised of three major components: (1) clinical practice; (2) quality improvement science; and (3) leadership. Learning activities include clinical training, mentorship, didactic seminars, applied individual and/or team projects, and online learning activities.