Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Welcome to the VA North Texas Health Care System's Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program homepage. We have developed an innovative and distinct Post-Graduate PMHNP Residency Program designed to enhance clinician skills and strengthen commitment to veteran-centric care with our academic affiliate, the University of Texas at Arlington.

This program aims to develop nurse practitioners who are leaders in advocacy, clinical care, and research with a particular focus on veteran-centric care while servicing diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures in a dedicated, supportive teaching environment that also provides mentorship.

PMHNP Residency Program Objectives:

Scholastic Distinction:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in teaching employing didactic experiences and small group learning environments
  • Develop operative precepting experience
  • Interpret and disseminate knowledge in psychopharmacology
  • Enhance the partnerships between VA and academic affiliate University PMHNP programs

Practice Distinction

  • Successfully transition the PMHNP resident from advanced beginner to competent independent psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Advance a mastery of knowledge base in psychiatric illnesses and psychopharmacology
  • Develop patient care in chronic and acute care scenarios
  • Establish oneself as an essential BHIP team member
  • Enhance interdisciplinary and collaboration and educational opportunities for PMHNP residents

Individual Distinction

  • Develop a system of introspective-assessment and self-development
  • Demonstrate exemplary verbal and written communication ability
  • Employ a system for prioritizing work-related and personal responsibility
  • Identify the importance of professionalism through contribution in mental health

PMHNP Residency Program Structure

The OAA residency is a 12 month program structured with a four-phase curriculum model with 80% experiential and 20% didactic learning activities. The Residency model comprises introductory rotations, longitudinal core rotations, and rotations to specialty mental health clinics. Clinical rotations will be within the Dallas VANTHCS, inclusive of surrounding Community Based Out-Patient Clinics (CBOCS). Didactic sessions consists of an assortment of academic/learning activities, didactic classes, and pre/post-clinical conferences for experiential learning and formative/summative evaluations. Residents will participate in a interprofessional learning environment with medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology and other interdisciplinary health care team members. Additionally, residents will implement an evidence-based practice scholarly project and participate in professional development activities geared to career advancement, networking, and building relationships within the VA Healthcare community.

Longitudinal activities

  • Psychiatric Research/journal clubs
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Psychopharmacology education groups

Required Rotation Experiences

  • Outpatient Mental Health (longitudinal rotation)
  • Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) (longitudinal rotation)
  • Primary Care – Mental Health Integration (PCMHI)
  • Substance Use disorders
  • Inpatient psychiatry
  • Inpatient & Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry

Elective Rotation Experiences

  • Any of the aforementioned rotations
  • MH Consultation team
  • Homeless Domiciliary (HDOM)
  • Trauma Clinic
  • Consult Liaison Psychiatry

PMHNP Residency Program Eligibility

Eligible candidates for Residency must be:

  • A recent graduate (within 12 months) of master's or doctoral level nurse practitioner program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Serving in their first nurse practitioner role
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Hold current board certification in the same specialty area as the program’s focus:
    • Mental Health NP Residents must hold a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification.
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a nurse practitioner in a state, commonwealth or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, prior to the start of the NPR program.

Note: Although the admission priority must be given to trainees who possess licensure and board certification at the time of program entry, the OAA Nursing Education Director may grant a “90-day grace period” to highly-qualified NP residency candidate(s) whose licensure and board certification have been delayed. Candidates must provide written assurance that they will obtain licensure and board certification within 90 days from the start of the program. If a Nurse Practitioner resident fails to meet board certification or licensure requirement within the 90 days since the start of the program, the trainee will be terminated from the program.

 PMHNP Residency Program Benefits

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary is paid by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and rates may increase depending on the current year allocation rate. 
  • Government Health Care Medical Plan with optional dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • 10 paid holidays.
  • PTO & Sick leave accrued per pay period.
  • No call or weekend shifts required.
  • 100% Protected Learning Time.
  • Other VA unmatched benefits.

PMHNP Residency Program Application

Thank you for your interest in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Residency Program in Dallas, TX. This residency is designed for new nurse practitioners with a commitment to serve the Veteran population. The program prepares new NPs to become confident and competent specialty care providers by providing didactic seminars, Grand Rounds, supervised and independent clinical practice, specialty rotations, leadership training, inter-professional simulations and Telemental health training during the 12-month period. Upon completion of this program graduates will receive a Residency Completion Certificate.

Our program will support a total of two residents each year.

How to Apply:

  • VA form-Application for Health Professions Trainees
  • VA form-Declaration for Federal Employment
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official graduate school transcripts. Note: No transcript weblinks will be accepted. Mail official transcripts to: Katrina Booker
  • Personal Statement: What are your aspirations for a VA Residency program? Note: Limit to one (1) page
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: one academic and one professional letter in sealed envelopes or emailed directly from the individual writing the letter. Recommendation letter template
  • Accepting applications for Mental Health Residency 2022 Cohorts starting November 20, 2021 and end on January 5, 2022. Note: No exceptions will be made after the deadline.
  • Applicants will be contacted if selected for an interview by February 15, 2022.
  • The 2022-2023 Cohort will begin on August 15th, 2021
Please note, if you are currently a VA employee, please contact us prior to completing your application. A status change from employee to trainee, including changes in benefits, will be required to participate in the residency programs. Please complete all required information and email complete submissions to Katrina Booker. You must include ALL requested documents to be considered for interview.

Katrina Booker, Department of Nursing Education, 4500 S. Lancaster Rd Dallas, TX 75216 or by email at

Queeneth Jones, DNP, MAED, PMHNP-BC – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Director

Heather Skrivanek, PhD, APRN, CPNP, PMHNP-BC - Academic Advisor, Veterans Administration North Texas Health Care System, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Stephanie Newton, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FNP-C – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Coordinator

Samitriya Kroll, MSN, PMHNP-BC – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Resident Cohort 1

Mikkia Gould, MSN, PMHNP-BC – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Resident Cohort 1


Queeneth Jones, DNP, PMHNP-BC
PMHNP Residency Program Director
4500 S. Lancaster Rd Dallas, TX 75216