Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Residency Program - VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
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Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Residency Program

The intended audience of this web page includes Veterans, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, and PMHNP resident applicants.

Welcome to the George E. Veterans Affairs Medical Center Post-Graduate PMHNP Residency homepage.  

The George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City has developed an innovative and unique Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.

VA Mission Statement: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.  The Medical Center aspires to this goal by providing exceptional health care improving the wellbeing of our Veterans. 

VA Core Values: Our core values describe the culture of care that we want to provide to our Veterans.  Our core values are contained in the mnemonic I-CARE.  This stands for Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence.

Program Mission: To enhance the competencies of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, providing a well- qualified workforce to increase access to excellent mental health services for the veterans throughout the country. Increasing the availability of these providers will expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ability to provide mental health care and will improve the overall quality of services provided for all veterans.

Program Goals: To provide an intensive clinical experience supplemented by professional development activities to result in skillfully prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners available to function independently in providing services for the veteran population.

Program Objectives:

  • Successfully transition the PMHNP resident from advanced beginner to competent nurse practitioner
  • Recruit well-qualified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner residents with the intention of retaining them following completion of their residency programs
  • Enhance inter-professional collaboration and educational opportunities for PMHNP residents
  • Enhance the partnerships between VA SLCHCS and university PMHNP programs.
  • Improve the quality of mental health services for Veterans
  • Strengthen the commitment to nursing as a professional career choice
  • Facilitate dedication to life-long learning and use of evidence-based nursing practice

  • Application Process
  • PMHNP Residency Information

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the residency program interim director, Amy Morton-Miller.

Amy Morton-Miller, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC/PMHCNS-BC