Hi, today was my second day working at the local VA hospital. The staff I've been introduced to while transporting pts, walking w/co-worker, etc, have without exception been friendly and welcoming. The hospital is as clean as my previous place of employment. A little jumping thru hoops to get in (e.g., they wanted my transcripts --- from 27 years ago!!!) . . . but then again I haven't interviewed in 21 years, so requirements may be the same at other hospitals (although we WERE fingerprinted!).
I suggest you check out the prospective hospital - go there for a meal and scope out the atmosphere, ask the vets how they like it, maybe (I never suggested this) evesdrop on the nurses . . .
Do you know any of the nurses who work there, to get their opinions? I found several nurses I knew at my previous hospital (and talked with a couple who "came over" from another facility within the last 3-5 yrs) who now work at the VA and all said it was the best move they'd made.
PM me if you want more info. Good luck!