Hiring Process for VA (veteran's administration) - page 3

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I applied for the VA in TN in July. Got a call for an interview the first week of August. Received a call 3 days later saying i had a tentative offer and had to do the whole process with vetpro and eqip and fingerprinting,... Read More


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    I'm just wondering what makes the VA "so different" from other hospitals, other than the ridiculously long hiring process (from what I heard!)? I thought about applying to the VA. I currently work on a progressive care unit (ICU stepdown) and have over a year of experience. I was hoping to be placed on a similar unit or even progress to ICU if they would allow me to.
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    Quote from Tarabara
    Part of the problem I think is that a lot of the jobs they list for a long time, like 2 months. So if you apply a couple days after they post the job you'll wait 2 months to hear anything. It shows on usajobs how long the job will be listed.
    Actually the jobs are not always posted that long. One I had applied for was only listed for one week. I actually applied for one job and have yet to hear anything, but during this period the job was posted again, so I called and was told it was another opening and I would have to apply again for that posting. Umm really!!! I have applied for 6 jobs, interviewed for the one almost 2 months ago, with no word back, was not selected for 2 others and heard nothing on the rest and I started applying in May, with he last app put in in August. Is it the VA that I am applying at? Maybe!!
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    I'm just wondering what makes the VA "so different" from other hospitals, other than the ridiculously long hiring process (from what I heard!)? I thought about applying to the VA. I currently work on a progressive care unit (ICU stepdown) and have over a year of experience. I was hoping to be placed on a similar unit or even progress to ICU if they would allow me to.
    I'm a new grad and my only experience is with the VA so it's hard for me to compare. But what I do know is that both VAs in Phoenix and salt lake city didn't have a step down type unit. There's a telemetry floor which kind of functions as a step down but really their acuity guidelines are barely more than the medsurg floor and as the medsurg floor is much bigger we get a lot of those patients anyway. VA hospitals aren't level I trauma centers so usually the very severe traumas are sent out to other hospitals. Therefore I would recommend going for ICU. Not to say we don't get some seriously ill patients but if you want more critical care than medsurg go for ICU. The biggest difference I know of is that's it's government so everything is mon-fri 9-5. If you need something done on the weekend you'll most likely wait till Monday which can be a pain. (unless it's an emergency) For example, if you have a patient that no one can stick and needs a PICC line but it's Friday night, well that patient is most likely waiting till Monday to get it. Therefore patients end up staying much longer than in regular hospitals. The biggest positive for me is knowing my patients will get whatever they need. It was really hard for me as a student to see pts who needed something but didn't get it due to money and to send them out knowing they still have unresolved medical issues. I don't have to worry about charging out things I use to the patient and I know their needs are met. (there are always exceptions of course). Plus it's very rewarding taking care of our vets, there's a sense of comraderie as the focus is really the best care for them.
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    I have applied for a job at the VA Medical Center in Atlanta. Does anyone have experience with the VA Medical Center in Atlanta (Decatur, GA) as a new grad or a current employee? I am an ADN nurse interested in ICU. Thanks.
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    How about anyone having experience in the VA located in South Florida?
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    Try posting under the state of Floridas forum.... We're not getting too many responses here....
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    Quote from GaMommy81
    I have applied for a job at the VA Medical Center in Atlanta. Does anyone have experience with the VA Medical Center in Atlanta (Decatur, GA) as a new grad or a current employee? I am an ADN nurse interested in ICU. Thanks.
    I will be interested in what you hear. I applied for the ICU with only med/surg/Tele experience. The manager saw my résumé at a job fair they had and was interested until she realized I had taken care of the type of patients they have in their ICU, but no ICU experience. So no interview, but never a not selected email. Have patience if you can, because they don't all move fast!!
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    He probably will start in December or January. I applied in July interviewed in August... Was selected a week later and I'm just now starting tomorrow oct 9th! I hear its great. I'll let you know anything I find out!!!!


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