Seton Hall University BSN Students Selected to Participate in US Department of Veterans Affairs VALOR Program

Seton Hall University BSN Students Selected to Participate in US Department of Veterans Affairs VALOR Program

Each year the US Department of Veterans Affairs selects students to participate in its highly competitive Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) program. Over the summer, two Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students from Seton Hall University (SHU) were selected to participate in the ten-week program at the VA New Jersey Health Care System East Orange and Lyons campuses.

VALOR is a program designed to provide nursing students with a designated registered nurse preceptor who helps the student develop the competencies necessary for working as an RN caring for our nation’s veterans. The SHU College of Nursing was honored to have two students selected to participate, Kristin Donadio and Daisy Acevedo.

During the program, Donadio and Acevedo rotated through multiple units including intensive care, psychiatry, same day surgery, and long term care. As VALOR students, they also participated in the Nurse Practice Council, weekly educational programs, and delivered capstone presentations to the VA nurses and staff at the end of their ten weeks.

Donadio and Acevedo were thankful for the opportunity to improve their competence and confidence in providing nursing care through VALOR. In only ten weeks, the students developed personally and professionally, resulting in future plans to pursue professional careers in the critical care setting, ideally within the VA Health System. Both students noted that the values at the VA and at SHU are the same – nursing is all about ‘giving back,’ and showing kindness and respect to patients and staff.

VALOR Program Selects Four Nursing Students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for Marion VA Hospital

VALOR Program Selects Four Nursing Students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for Marion VA Hospital

Four students from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Nursing have been selected to participate in the Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) program at the Marion VA Hospital. The students will rotate through each hospital unit as techs with registered nurse preceptors, receiving the same starting salary as an RN, eventually completing 400 hours.

The four students selected for the competitive and revered program are:

  • Melanie Lowe who will work in the medical/surgical unit
  • Denetta Magruder who will work in the Community Living Center
  • Kelsey O’Brien who will work in the medicine clinics (hematology, cardiac catheterization lab, and oncology)
  • Kaitlyn Spirk who will work in the emergency department

To be considered for the program, students must submit a recommendation letter from their nursing program, an application, and an essay on why they want to participate in the VALOR program. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

SIUE is always in competition with other area schools, usually having two students selected for the VALOR program. However, with SIUE students being selected for all four available positions this year, it is an exemplary accomplishment which highlights the exceptional students and instructors of the university. SIUE has had nursing students selected to participate in the program every year since it started. It is a great program for students and the university, helping to strengthen their relationship with the VALOR agency.