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Tips for VA Pre and Postdoctoral Nurse Fellowship Applications. Maude Rittman, Ph.D., RN North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Gainesville, FL Jill E. Bormann, Ph.D., RN VA San Diego Healthcare System San Diego, CA (created January 2007). Information for Applicants.

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tips for va pre and postdoctoral nurse fellowship applications

Tips for VA Pre and Postdoctoral Nurse Fellowship Applications

Maude Rittman, Ph.D., RN

North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System

Gainesville, FL

Jill E. Bormann, Ph.D., RN

VA San Diego Healthcare System

San Diego, CA

(created January 2007)

information for applicants
Information for Applicants
  • Check VA’s web page at http://www.va.gov/oaa/
  • Contact Dr. Mary B. Dougherty at [email protected] or

(202) 461-9498

overview
Overview:
  • Getting Started Writing
  • VA Facility Information
  • Applicant Information
  • Training Program
  • Presentation of the Application
tips for applicant
Tips for Applicant
  • Develop a clear understanding of your strengths and goals
  • Emphasize the significance of your research within the VHA and for the veteran population
  • Start writing 3 months in advance and set early deadlines of drafts
  • Obtain assistance in writing, if needed
getting started writing
Getting Started Writing
  • Review specifics in Program Announcement and have a clear division of labor with mentor in writing application
  • Establish a core document using headings as specifically stated in guidelines
  • Use tables with columns for goals, activities, target dates, and faculty. This blueprint helps identify gaps in plan and that the plan isrealistic.
va facility information
VA Facility Information
  • Facility Support – Clinical and patient data, involvement of nurses in education, resources provided to applicant
  • Nursing Research – Facility’s accomplishments, list of nursing research studies, nursing publications, academic affiliations of nursing staff
va facility information continued
VA Facility Information continued…
  • List related areas of research at facility
  • Report funding for Nursing Research and Other Research
  • Present information that makes your facility stand out in relation to your interests
applicant information
Applicant Information
  • Present strengths of applicant, mentor, & project director—how they compliment each other
  • Emphasize how fellowship will extend applicant’s knowledge and skills in a specialized area of theory and research
  • Demonstrate commitment of affiliated academic institutions
applicant information continued
Applicant Informationcontinued…
  • Provide evidence that applicant has potential to obtain grant funding after completing (postdoctoral) fellowship
  • Highlight strong match between applicant and mentor
training program
Training Program
  • Demonstrate plan for strong collaboration between VA and affiliated university research team members
  • Emphasize the significance of research within the VHA
  • Demonstrate how applicant will remain active in VHA research after completion of fellowship
training plan continued
Training Plancontinued…
  • Present clear goals and objectives that are linked with specific knowledge, skills, and activities (see sample Program Curriculum in next slide)
  • Demonstrate how the training plan can be accomplished during period of fellowship
  • Include activities that will increase applicant’s understanding of VHA research system
  • Provide a specific, detailed evaluation plan
for pre doc description of proposed dissertation research
For Pre-Doc: Description of Proposed Dissertation Research
  • Title and Purpose(s) of the Study
  • Background/Preliminary Studies
  • Significance
  • Study Design/Methods
  • Proposed time line for completion of each stage
  • (not to exceed 10 pages)
sample of a post doc program curriculum goal increase knowledge of outcomes measurement
Sample of a Post-Doc Program Curriculum – Goal: Increase knowledge of outcomes measurement
  • Learning objectives
    • Evaluate outcome measures commonly used in research with HIV/AIDS patients
  • Knowledge/Skills
    • Skills of critiquing instruments used in outcomes research
  • Learning Experience
    • Course: Theory of Measurement & Evaluation
    • With mentor, critique selected outcome HIV measures
  • Training Staff
    • Faculty in Evaluation & Measurement Department
    • Mentor, Dr. Smith
example of fellowship evaluation
Example of Fellowship Evaluation
  • Short Term Goal
    • Increase knowledge of health care economic
  • Performance Criteria
    • Demonstrates understanding of health care economics
    • Integrates economic theory into design of HIV outcome studies
  • Evaluation Method
    • Successfully completes course & independent Study by (date)
    • Submits research proposal that incorporates economic theory
  • Evaluator
    • Faculty in courses
    • Mentor
presentation of the application
Presentation of the Application
  • Use a Cover Page
  • Use Color Print
  • Create Table of Contents
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