Hospitals in Denver Metro Area??? - page 3

I have looked all through there websites and on google maps. Very limited access indeed :) I can't seem to find a good order or Hierarchy of GOOD hospitals to work for. Does any one have any suggestions. I'm flying blind here... Read More

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    VA hires new grads all of the time. It's a tough job at times, but it is not as stressful as the private sector. I work in the ER. Because we do not take trauma, and we do not have surgery on call at all times, it's nothing like the ER's in the private world. A lot less stress. Don't get me wrong, we do have our very sick guys, our codes, and psychiatry patients. A lot of PTSD, drugs, alcohol. These veterans have been though so much and they were just doing their job to protect our country. It's not impossible to get hired with VA, it just takes a while. There is a invasive back ground check, and FBI check. You'll get a government security clearance. Try going to www.usajobs.gov and do a search for medical jobs in your area. There is a lot of paperwork and time involved, but I'll tell you, it is well worth it. What area of nursing are you interested in? You can private message me if you are really interested and I will do my best to help you. You can also go to VA careers on the internet and check it out. If you decide to further your education, they also have a program called NNEI, where they will foot the bill for your entire tuition, then you owe them two years when you are done. They will also pay off your student loans up to $40,000.00, and that in itself helps so much. Good luck, and again, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.
    Daisy

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    Hello!! Does the VA hire LPNs? I think I've seen an ad for LPN positions at the VA, but not sure. I'm about to start an LPN program, but I am already looking into the future, as to where I would like to work. The VA is high up on the list. What is a typical day at work like for a nurse at the VA? Thanks!

    Quote from stardogdaisy
    VA hires new grads all of the time. It's a tough job at times, but it is not as stressful as the private sector. I work in the ER. Because we do not take trauma, and we do not have surgery on call at all times, it's nothing like the ER's in the private world. A lot less stress. Don't get me wrong, we do have our very sick guys, our codes, and psychiatry patients. A lot of PTSD, drugs, alcohol. These veterans have been though so much and they were just doing their job to protect our country. It's not impossible to get hired with VA, it just takes a while. There is a invasive back ground check, and FBI check. You'll get a government security clearance. Try going to www.usajobs.gov and do a search for medical jobs in your area. There is a lot of paperwork and time involved, but I'll tell you, it is well worth it. What area of nursing are you interested in? You can private message me if you are really interested and I will do my best to help you. You can also go to VA careers on the internet and check it out. If you decide to further your education, they also have a program called NNEI, where they will foot the bill for your entire tuition, then you owe them two years when you are done. They will also pay off your student loans up to $40,000.00, and that in itself helps so much. Good luck, and again, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.
    Daisy
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    VA does hire LPNs. You will find that you will make much more money and get experience in an acute care setting. VA has was is called the VANEEP program. If you want to go back to school for an RN degree, you apply for this program. The VA will pay for the entire cost of your education, and your job is to go to school. You only work on your breaks, and you are paid your full-time base pay, earn your leave and your benefits. When you are done with the RN program, you will owe them time. I know a few nurses here that went through that program offered by the government and are so grateful. It really is a great place to work. Let me know if I can do anything to help or answer any other questions.
    Daisy
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    Wow, that's awesome!! It sounds like something I would love to get involved in. If you don't mind me asking, do you know how much an LPN makes at the VA? Also, I know that applying for a federal job involves a lot of paperwork. Is the paperwork complicated and is there someone who can help with it, or is it just time consuming? I was also wondering if there is something I can do to get in good with human resources at the VA while I am in school, so I would definitely have a position there as an LPN when I graduate. I am not sure if the school does clinicals there -- I'm going to Concorde. Maybe I'm looking too far ahead, but it never hurts to be prepared! Thanks for your help!

    Quote from stardogdaisy
    VA does hire LPNs. You will find that you will make much more money and get experience in an acute care setting. VA has was is called the VANEEP program. If you want to go back to school for an RN degree, you apply for this program. The VA will pay for the entire cost of your education, and your job is to go to school. You only work on your breaks, and you are paid your full-time base pay, earn your leave and your benefits. When you are done with the RN program, you will owe them time. I know a few nurses here that went through that program offered by the government and are so grateful. It really is a great place to work. Let me know if I can do anything to help or answer any other questions.
    Daisy
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    I found the job search link for the VA and once you narrow it down (I put in "nurse" and it came up with over 1,000 jobs!), you can look at specific jobs and salaries:

    http://www.jobsearch.vacareers.va.gov/public.asp

    The VA sounds like an awesome place for a job. The benefits are terrific!

    I'm sure you're excited about starting school at Concorde in a few weeks. I'm considering Concorde myself - still working on my husband to convince him what a good idea it would be
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    Hi GizmosMom,

    Thanks! The VA does sound like a great place to work. It's high up on my prospective employer list for when I graduate. Yes, I am very excited to start school soon! Starting to get the pre-school jitters, LOL. Keep working on your husband, Concorde really is a good school, so I hear. The LPN program looks great. I like that the tuition at Concorde includes everything, books, equipment, lab fees, scrubs, immunizations! All except shoes, lol. If you happen to not need immunizations, you get a refund of that cost that was included in the tuition. The shoes have to be solid white, which is hard to find these days but I'll keep trying. Seriously, keep working on your husband. I'd like to have you for a classmate! Have a great weekend everybody!

    Quote from GizmosMom
    I found the job search link for the VA and once you narrow it down (I put in "nurse" and it came up with over 1,000 jobs!), you can look at specific jobs and salaries:

    http://www.jobsearch.vacareers.va.gov/public.asp

    The VA sounds like an awesome place for a job. The benefits are terrific!

    I'm sure you're excited about starting school at Concorde in a few weeks. I'm considering Concorde myself - still working on my husband to convince him what a good idea it would be
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    What about UofCol Hospital? Any thoughts?
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    VA does sound like an amazing place to work. Where is the VA hospital, is it at Fitzsimmons in Aurora? I would be very interested in working there myself. Both my father and husband are vets, so I have a personal interest in the work. How long do you have to work at VA in order to qualify for the program? Can you choose where to go back to get your RN, or do they pick the school? It sounds almost too good to be true, I definitely have to look into it. Thanks so much
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    Quote from PCU22
    What about UofCol Hospital? Any thoughts?
    I have heard great things about U of C hospital. They are supposed to have a great orientation for new nurses, though I think they only hire BSN's. On a personal note, I had my daughter at that hospital, and loved it as a patient. I had a difficult birth, and my daughter came out not breathing....so she spent a week in the NICU. The nurses were awesome!! Mine and hers. I was very impressed.
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    Quote from stardogdaisy
    VA does hire LPNs. You will find that you will make much more money and get experience in an acute care setting. VA has was is called the VANEEP program. If you want to go back to school for an RN degree, you apply for this program. The VA will pay for the entire cost of your education, and your job is to go to school. You only work on your breaks, and you are paid your full-time base pay, earn your leave and your benefits. When you are done with the RN program, you will owe them time. I know a few nurses here that went through that program offered by the government and are so grateful. It really is a great place to work. Let me know if I can do anything to help or answer any other questions.
    Daisy
    hello stardaisy...I was reading the post you wrote about the vaneep program in the VA hospital near Denver. Do you know where I would find more info about this? I have a BA in Psych and want to go back to school to get an associates RN. I want to move to the Denver area soon and go to school, and think this looks like a great program. Thank you for your help!
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