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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 Applications

  • Check VA’s web page at

  • Contact Dr. Mary B. Dougherty at or

    (202) 461-9498

Overview: Applications

  • Getting Started Writing

  • VA Facility Information

  • Applicant Information

  • Training Program

  • Presentation of the Application

Tips for applicant
Tips for Applicant Applications

  • 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 Applications

  • 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 Applications

  • 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… Applications

  • 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 Applications

  • 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 Information Applicationscontinued…

  • 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 Applications

  • 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 Plan Applicationscontinued…

  • 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 ApplicationsProposed 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 ApplicationsCurriculum – 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 Applications

  • 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 Applications

  • Use a Cover Page

  • Use Color Print

  • Create Table of Contents

Thank you
Thank you! Applications