VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in Primary Care - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
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VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in Primary Care

The Nurse Practitioner Residency in Primary Care (NPR-PC) program at the Omaha VA provides a one-year structured environment with concentrated education and training in the primary care setting. The NPR-PC Residency program prepares nurse practitioners for professional leadership, education, and research in practice. The program is designed to provide clinical and academic experiences for new graduate Nurse Practitioners transitioning into professional practice.

The VHA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) Nurse Residency programs are designed to develop competent, confident, practice-ready Nurse Practitioners equipped with the knowledge and skills to address the specific needs of our nation's Veterans in the VHA and the community.

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS) NPR-PC program is partnered with UNMC College of Nursing. The VA NWIHCS and UNMC College of Nursing support evidence-based nursing education, research, and practice. Together, we foster a supportive learning environment for academic, professional, and personal success.

Mission Statement

To enhance the clinical knowledge of new graduate nurse practitioners to provide competent, holistic and evidence-based primary care to the Veteran population. In addition, this program will promote critical analysis of opportunities for improvement within the health care system to allow for improved access to care and optimal utilization of resources.


The VA NWIHCS is a tertiary care center for the VA Midwest Health care System Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN). It encompasses the main campuses at Omaha and seven community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs).

VA NWIHCS serves an estimated Veteran population of 161,000 in 101 counties in Nebraska, western Iowa, Kansas and Missouri over a 58,000 square mile service area.

​The VA NWIHCS has academic affiliations with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University, and numerous other institutions. As a teaching facility, the VA NWIHCS provides a full range of inpatient, residential, vocational and outpatient services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

​The NPR-PC program provides the critical foundation upon which trainees build their expertise in primary care during their first transitional year into professional practice.

Application Requirements

  • ​Curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement (Maximum two (2) pages, double-spaced pages) and must clearly address the following:
    • Motivation for working with the Veteran population
    • What are your aspirations for a Residency program?
    • Level of commitment to a career in the VA Healthcare System
    • Please comment upon your vision and planning for your short and long-term goals
  • ​Three (3) letters of recommendation: (one must be from faculty member or graduate program); emailed directly from the individual writing the letter. See application instructions.


  • Competitive stipend
  • A comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, 11 federal holidays, and health benefits.

Program Structure

  • This is a year-long residency program (2080 hours of training)
  • The NPR start date is August 30, 2021 - Graduation date is August 31, 2022.
  • The program will satisfy the Nebraska board of nursing 2000 hour transition to practice agreement requirement.
  • Clinical rotations are supplemented with weekly didactic sessions, Grand Rounds, Journal Club and other learning experiences.
  • Clinical Rotations: Outpatient clinic, Women’s clinic, Surgery, Cardiology, Endocrine clinic, and other specialty clinic settings.
  • Residents are assigned a mentor to act as a resource and provide support as they transition to autonomous and competent primary care nurse practitioners. 
  • Upon successful completion of the residency, a certificate of completion is awarded.
  • Candidates who successfully complete the residency training program will be given the opportunity to apply to available vacancies at the VA NWIHCS.

Applicant Qualifications

  • U.S Citizens
  • Graduate of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited nurse practitioner programs.
  • Recent graduate within the past 12 months.
  • Be serving in his or her 1st NP role.
  • Hold a Master’s degree or Doctorate and be licensed, nationally board certified through the ANCC or AANP and licensed as a nurse practitioner with a specialty in AGPCNP or FNP; if waiting for authorization to test or pending licensure, please contact the Program Coordinator for further guidance.
  • Proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Background & Security Investigation required.

Accepting applications through June 1, 2021


Any questions please contact:

Program Coordinator
Patricia Hotaling, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC
Phone: (402) 681-1310

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit application by stated deadline
  • Download the application form, located to the right
  • Submit complete application and requirements to the Program Coordinator
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed


Deb Braun, APRN-BC
Program Director

Patricia Hotaling, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC
Program Coordinator
Protected FAX: 612-725-1232

Application Deadline

Applications are now being accepted through June 1, 2021 for the 2021-2022 cohort.