They are opening a New VA hospital in the Lake Nona area in 2012 and I would love to work there when I gratuate from NS. Hopefully I will be a new grad when they open and I was think about ways I could increase my chances of getting in and gaining some experience at the same time. I have thought about my plan of action and would like any input or advice.
- Pursue volunteer services this summer at the current VA hospital in Orlando. I viewed their website and didn't see much information regarding volunteer work. Does anyone know if they use voluteers, specifically in the Nurses unit.
- Work as a CNA at the VA during Nursing School. I hope to be accepted fall 2010. I hope to increase my chances of getting employed if I am volunteering at the hospital
- Finally working as a RN at the new facility.
I hear it's very hard to get employeed with the VA if you don't have any connections, not sure if that's true or not , however, I was wondering if my plan of action is reasonable. Needless to say working as a volunteer and CNA will give me a lot of great and valuable experience in the field. I have a lot of volunteer experience working in TLC in New York. Does any one have any suggestions or contacts to get in as a Volunteer?