Residency Program for Mental Health Nurse Practitioners at VA Finger Lakes Health Care

Empowering Veterans’ Mental Health: A Unique Nursing Residency Program in the Finger Lakes Region

The VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System’s residency program for mental health nurse practitioners aims to develop well-rounded nurses with the skills and expertise needed to effectively manage mental health conditions in Veterans. Through the program, residents will gain clinical experience, enhance their diagnostic, psychiatric medication management, and psychotherapy skills, as well as develop a strong foundation in interprofessional collaboration and Veteran-centric care.

The mission of the Mental Health APRN Residency program is to provide high-quality care for Veterans across various settings, including rural and underserved patient populations. To be eligible for the program, individuals must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in psychiatric nursing. They must also have at least one year of clinical experience working with Veterans or other vulnerable populations.

For those interested in applying, the deadline is March 8, 2024. Prospective applicants can contact Michelle Van Kirk, DNP, PMHNP-BC at Finger Lakes VA Health Care System for further information or questions about the program. She can be reached via email at or by phone at 585-282-9098.

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