(VALOR) Program: Success

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Objectives and Content
 Identify recruitment and retention challenges
Discuss current trends and challenges
Define the clinical question
Discuss the perceived benefits of the VALOR program
Discuss the VALOR program process and other similar
programs
Discuss at length: Requirements, process and Implementation
Discuss program outcomes for VHSO
Discuss benefits to VHSO, students and current staff
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Recruitment and Retention of nurses continue to dominate
discussion
Institutions such as VA, the University Health System Consortium
(UHC) and the American Association college of Nursing have worked
to develop strategies that would address the nursing shortage and or
recruitment and retention of nurses.
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Research addresses the preparation for clinical practice of the new
graduate Nurse
A study by Casey and Fink(JONA) found that new graduate nurses
have difficulty adjusting to their roles in the acute care setting
A study by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (2002) found
that health care employees newly licensed RNs are not fully prepared to
perform common task
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Improve Job Satisfaction
Reduce Turnover
Enhance skills critical to patient safety
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Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical
judgment and performance.
Be able to provide clinical leadership at the point of
patient care
Strengthen their commitment to nursing as a professional
career choice
Be able to incorporate research-based evidence into their
practice
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Among the many duties of the VA Health
System, none is more important that
providing the best care to those who
served. This consistent commitment to
this philosophy has helped VA to steadily
improve to the point where VA holds a
position of World Leadership in patient
safety and quality assurance.
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HRRO (Healthcare Recruitment and Retention
Office): serves to promote the retention of our
health care professionals and enhance the
recruitment of highly qualified health care
professionals.
HRRO is a special programs office of VHA that
provides support in the retention and recruitment
of health care professionals by providing
programs such as VALOR.
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Nursing VALOR program Application Guidelines for VA
Facility:
1. The proposal and content
a. Description of facility’s recruitment and retention
difficulties.
b. Description of facility clinical strengths
c. Outline of the didactic and clinical educational
plan.
d. Evaluation plan for the VALOR program.
e. Number of Nursing VALOR program students.
f. Curriculum vitae for the program administrator.
g. Letter of endorsement from facility Director.
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Recruitment and appointment of students
1. VALOR Coordinator reports number of approved
positions.
2. VALOR information sent to local BSN nursing
schools.
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Recruitment and appointment of students cont
3. Applications received from potential students that
meet all requirements.
a. Cumulative GPA of 3.0
b.
c.
d.
Able to complete a minimum of 400 hours
Be a US citizen
No service obligation to any Federal, state or
private institution
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Recruitment and appointment of students cont
4. What to submit with your Application packet for VALOR student:
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Statement from your university stating you are in good academic standing
(Letter from school stating enrollment, estimate graduation date, and grade
point average).
Resume
Copy of Transcript.
Letter of recommendation from your Dean of the Nursing Program.
Three professional references.
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10-2850c (application)
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NOTE: Have completed the final semester or quarter of the junior year or start
of the senior year
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Recruitment and appointment of students
4. Interview panel selected to interview students.
5. Mentors/preceptors at VA are selected for each
student.
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VHSO Mentoring program
1. Is part of the VHA’s succession Planning Model.
2. Offers the VA a resourceful process for transferring
knowledge.
3. Requirement for VALOR mentor/preceptor FY 13.
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VHSO Mentoring program major topics are:
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Ethics
Powerful Questioning
Active Deep Listening
Direct Communication
Building Trust
Personal Mastery
Practice Sessions
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Benefits:
1. VHSO grows their own
2. Cost effective
3. Students:
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Improvement in confidence
Competence
Ability to organize and prioritize
Communication
Leadership
Reduction in stress level
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