Hello everyone. Well I am really excited to start working at the VA. Im also an Army Reservist and figure I will genuinely enjoy this patient population. I am also aware that the working conditions will most likely be pretty decent. So I am excited! Problem is that I got hired as Perdiem temporary position. Only VA vacancy in my market for several years. The Director on my floor im going to says she needs people pretty bad. So Im excited to get my foot in the door. Though a letter I recieved upon hiring says I shall not recieve any preferential hiring. Not sure if that is legal mumbo jumbo and in reality if I do good I would have inside track on getting any openeings?
Anyhow, my perdiem pay offer from VA is considerably lower than civilian hospitals in this area, 10-14$ less than what I already make at other agencys in town that are calling me off the hook. I also have no benefits with VA as its temp perdiem for unspecified amount of time and subject to termination at any time. I still had to go through the whole hiring rigormarole with background/drugscreen/interviews,etc. Interviewed last Feb and am set to start end of Aug., LOL!
So my questions are, Should I bring up pay or is it one of those things where just take what I get and be happy to get my foot in door? How long would you guys take that pay cut for 0pportunity to maybe one day get that full time spot? Oh ya, there was tons of people that wanted this job as my local VA is really hard to get hired at for the last couple years. Problem is I make that extra 10-14 working at my other 2 agency jobs that have work for me every night!$%
Anyhow, any thoughts you guys have are appreciated. Thanks...
Do you know if the new contracts for new hires with $10-$20/hr less has been instituted or just one of those work-place "rumors"? I have to admit, this doesn't make sense. Theoretically this could work against the facility as exceptionally qualified nurses would not bother to apply there. VA needs exceptionally qualified nurses. They contribute to the overall quality of care and reputation of care at the facility. I was under the impression that the VA offers somewhat of competitive wages of the area. Yes, they do pay a little lower but no other facility can come close to matching the benefits!
Last edit by capnurse on Dec 23, '12
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