I am in nursing school and am just about graduated. I have considered VA nursing and also possibly military nursing, out of curiousity can anyone speak on the competitiveness of compensation in VA nursing or military nursing as opposed to civilian nursing? I know that benefits of military or VA nursing are probably greater. Can anyone speak on this?
Sep 26, '12
It really depends on where you work. Our hospital is fairly competitive with other hospitals, but I don't know if that is the case with all of the VA hospitals.
Sep 27, '12
I have worked for the VA and presently on active duty. When you are new at the VA the wage scale is on the low side compared to civilian hospitals but the VA offers better benefits for the most part. After time the VA does end up paying more then the civilian side. As a new grad you will make the same either military or civilian once you include housing etc. and as with the VA will make much more after time. My take home in the military is around 25-30% more then if I was still working at the VA and even more then if I was still at a civilian hospital.