May 08, 2020

Birmingham VA Medical Center


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VANAP – Mental Health NP Residency

The mission of the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) residency is to enhance the competencies of PMHNP residents and to prepare highly-qualified leaders in an interprofessional environment with expertise in Veteran-centric care while emphasizing practice-based learning and improvement.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residents are a select group of recently graduated psychiatric nurse practitioners planning to provide mental health care to America’s Heroes. Upon completion of the MSN psychiatric nurse practitioner track, graduates who were a part of the VANAP-GE are invited to apply for the Birmingham VA Medical Center/UAB School of Nursing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency. However, any Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner within his or her first year of practice is invited to apply.

The residency begins in September every year and includes a salary and benefits. Over the course of a year, these psychiatric nurse practitioner residents experience every facet of veteran-centric mental health care at the BVAMC, working in close collaboration with experienced nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, psychologists and support staff. Residents receive training via clinical experiences and didactic classroom instruction in this interprofessional environment.

It is part of the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP), a joint effort between the UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. A major goal of this partnership between the UAB SON and the BVAMC is to create better access to mental health care for veterans. This program is the first of its kind in the United States, with three additional sites at other VA Medical Centers (Charleston, SC; Brockton, MA; and Durham, NC).


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