VA Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) | VA Health Care Oklahoma City


The Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program offers exceptional nursing students the opportunity to develop clinical skills in an accredited medical center. VALOR is designed to increase participants’ clinical skills, clinical judgment, and critical thinking while caring for our nation’s veterans. This program provides learning opportunities with a qualified RN preceptor. Recruited students must have completed their first year in an accredited baccalaureate nursing program. Students are appointed to the summer months for 400 hours.

The VALOR program begins with ten weeks of full-time paid work during the summer months (June-August). Candidates must be available to work 40 hours per week during this period. This summer program includes orientation, clinical practice with a preceptor, various patient experiences as well as other planned educational experiences.

Program Objectives

Participants will learn the role of the professional nurse within a healthcare system using evidence-based practices for better patient outcomes. They will understand the culture and unique needs of the Veteran population. The goal is for the participant to develop confidence, critical thinking and mastery of nursing skills.


VALOR students are paid as casual hourly employees. They are not eligible for overtime pay, vacation pay, or shift premiums. The rate of pay changes every year.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited BSN program and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with no grade below a B in any nursing course. Must have completed the last semester of the junior year and be eligible to graduate by the following June. The applicant must be a US citizen, provide documentation of vaccinations, and submit all application materials by the deadline. They must be able to work full time during the summer months and have had at least one clinical experience in a medical center or hospital. Students enrolled in an accelerated BSN program may apply to the VALOR program if they meet the program requirements and are available to work full-time from June to August of the program start year. Participants must not have a duty of service to any federal, state, or private institution or be recipients of a federal scholarship that results in a duty of service.

How to register

To apply, participants will need a cover letter, an unofficial transcript from all colleges attended, a resume/portfolio, and three letters of recommendation. One of the letters of recommendation should be from a junior clinical instructor. Complete applications will be submitted to:

Loraine Eden-Davis, MSN, Med-Surg-BC
Nursing Residency and Trainee Program
VALUE Coordinator
[email protected]

Date of demand

Applications must be submitted by January 31.


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