VA Finger Lakes Health Care Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency

New Residency Program Prepares Mental Health Nurses to Deliver High-Quality Care for Veterans

The Finger Lakes VA Health Care System has launched a residency program for mental health nurse practitioners, which is designed to enhance the clinical experience of nurses in managing mental health conditions affecting Veterans. The program aims to develop diagnostic, psychiatric medication management, and psychotherapy skills while emphasizing interprofessional collaboration and expertise in Veteran-centric care.

The mission of the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System’s Mental Health APRN Residency is to prepare mental health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN’s) to deliver high-quality care for Veterans, including those in rural and underserved patient populations. To be eligible for the program, applicants must have completed a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in psychiatric mental health nursing or a related field from an accredited institution. They should also have at least two years of full-time experience as an RN working with adult patients with mental health disorders or equivalent experience.

The deadline for applications is March 8, 2024, and interested applicants can contact Michelle Van Kirk, DNP, PMHNP-BC at the Finger Lakes VA Health Care System for further information or questions. She can be reached at or 585-282-9098.

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