Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program – Veterans Affairs


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We're hiring heroes! The Milwaukee VA Medical Center is seeking qualified RNs, LPNs and CNAs. Learn more here.
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This 12-month post-graduate program provides clinical and academic experience for new graduates transitioning into professional roles as PMHNPs.
The Zablocki VA, in academic partnership with Alverno College-JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing, promotes mentorship and fosters a supportive interprofessional learning environment for providing evidence-based care to our Veteran population.
The PMHNPs will advance from novice to competent psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners while developing competencies in Veterans' health care needs. Through intensive mentored clinical experiences and professional development activities, PMHNPs will be prepared to provide mental health services for the veteran population.
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center is a vibrant class 1A VHA Medical Center that provides many health care services to Veterans from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. On the main campus in Milwaukee, there are 196 inpatient care beds (inclusive of 34 mental health beds and spinal cord injury), 113 Community Living Center, 9 Transitional care, and 125 Domiciliary beds. Our facility includes three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Appleton, Union Grove, Cleveland, and a Health Care Center (HCC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and all offer MH services. In FY 2018, our inpatient areas admitted approximately 9,000 Veterans (1600 in MH); the outpatient clinics saw over 824,000 Veterans (83,000 in MH); and the CBOCs experienced over 120,000 visits (over 27,000 in MH)
The Zablocki VAMC is located on 245 acres just west of downtown Milwaukee, WI. Originally established in 1867, we are one of the oldest VA sites in the country.
For the cohort starting Summer 2023:
Application packet:
Sarah Garven, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
PMHNP Residency Program Director
sarah.garven@va.gov
Office: 414-384-2000 x41650
Cell: 414-331-1428
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” — Abraham Lincoln
Honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.
VHA will continue to be the benchmark of excellence and value in health care and benefits by providing exemplary services that are both patient centered and evidence based.
This care will be delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning, discovery, and continuous improvement.
It will emphasize prevention and population health and contribute to the nation's well-being through education, research, and service in National emergencies.
Last updated: June 14, 2022

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