Chronicles of a VA APRN Resident

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I interviewed today and was offered one of six resident positions. I lost it. The panel laughed and said my reaction was the best one so far. ?

I was asked nine questions. They were along the lines of "Tell me about yourself; How will you contribute to VA care; Flexibility and describe a time when it was required; Career goals; Rate yourself 0 - 10 in the following aspects, etc.". I was sweating the whole time, but displayed a cool (I think) exterior.

It starts towards the end of September, so plenty of time for me to go over all my material from school and beef up my knowledge so I don't look like a total dunce.

I will periodically update this thread with all my trials and tribulations for those who are interested in applying for a spot in the future and want to know what the year will look like.

I am starting a VHA residency next month as well. Extremely long process. 

Specializes in FNP.

OK I emailed them today hopefully will hear soon. It just bad for people that have to give a 2 week notice to another job. Congrats!

Specializes in hospice, HH, LTC, ER,OR.
On 8/29/2022 at 8:06 PM, Freckledkorican said:

UPDATE:

Hello all!

Today, I finally received the tentative job offer, accepted it, and officially started the onboarding process. I imagine it won’t take more than two weeks(?).

Lucky you! I haven't received my offer yet or onboarding and we start in 15 days.

So I interviewed mid May 

Received a verbal very informal offer from the director 3 days later 

Then I heard nothing from HR  months 

The director was in communication with myself and other residents though 

Completed E-quip background check end of July 

Received a tentative offer pending that background on August 10th

Sept 2 received and accepted formal offer 

Start date is September 12

Definitely cutting it way close. I live in the area though so it was not a inconvenience to me. Although I did not seek other employment so if this didn’t work out, then I would have been back to job searching and all my classmates have job offers or have started working at this point. It would be very difficult, I think, to move out of state for these positions. 

Specializes in FNP.

Just got my tentative letter Thursday. Accepted and I am starting the onboarding process. The HR person said there was a glitch with the computers and that's what took so long. She said it set them back about 3 weeks in getting everything out. My start date is 9/11/2022.

Specializes in FNP.
On 7/18/2022 at 2:55 PM, Freckledkorican said:

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I interviewed today and was offered one of six resident positions. I lost it. The panel laughed and said my reaction was the best one so far.

I was asked nine questions. They were along the lines of "Tell me about yourself; How will you contribute to VA care; Flexibility and describe a time when it was required; Career goals; Rate yourself 0 - 10 in the following aspects, etc.". I was sweating the whole time, but displayed a cool (I think) exterior.

It starts towards the end of September, so plenty of time for me to go over all my material from school and beef up my knowledge so I don't look like a total dunce.

I will periodically update this thread with all my trials and tribulations for those who are interested in applying for a spot in the future and want to know what the year will look like.

Thank you for starting this post as there isn't much information out there about the VA NP residency experience. I was also selected and started this week. I am just getting through the orientation process so haven't had much information as to how the program is structured. I am so eager to get started. I would love to hear how your experience is. Are your doing the primary care or geriatric extended care residency? 

 

Specializes in FNP.

We are still waiting to start in Orlando. We were supposed to start on 09/12. So waiting for the new date.

Specializes in FNP.

I will also share my experiences as I progress through the residency. I am doing the geriatric extended care residency. I received my official offer last Thursday and started 9/12. Wishing everyone the best!

Specializes in hospice, HH, LTC, ER,OR.

I love reading about the information you have received for your program in FL @Freckledkorican. I emailed my supervisor about receiving my final firm offer letter. I was told HR was out and I will get it soon. I would like to know what I'm doing, where to go on the first day, I want to feel prepared. I hope it better organization once we get started.

Specializes in FNP.

I received official offer Thursday, then on Friday received the orientation schedule for the next 5 days. Started Monday, the last 3 days have been a general orientation for all new hires and trainees. Day 4, RN and NP residents were together for orientation. Day 5 is a campus tour and computer training. We are suppose to receive our schedules day 5 as to where we will be for the next few months. Thats where I am at so far. 

Specializes in FNP.

We have not received the final offer letter. We were supposed to start on 9/12. The Friday before is when I was told not to report. Nothing was completed by HR. Not sure when we will start at this time.

Specializes in FNP.

I am doing primary. The HR  person is very stressed out. She said one of the candidates is really upset because the tentative offer stated that we were to start 9/12 but did not. I am thinking sometime in October to be honest. She said we still have to do fingerprints and stuff like that.

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