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How many gov't nurses have used the NNEI program to get BSN or MSN? Was ALL of you education paid for???? We have 4 nurse that utilized the program & then told opps we have no monies & got stuck with BIG $$$ in our own... Read More

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    Anyone with an NNEI issue.....
    I am continuing to attempt to find a way to settle things with the VA, without success. They have been garnishing my wages @ $212 every two weeks. They began this without notification.
    I have requested a FOI (freedom of information) for all nurses at my facility that have been granted the NNEI and have had to pay the funding back - this done last week.
    I request that ANYONE having difficulty with this program do the same at your facility, and contact me with the information. If we have enough participants, there is an attorney that may take this case. I also have my Senator working with me. I have also written to Laura Gasparis-Vonfrolio - maybe if others write....She responds quickly, and perhaps if there are numbers of us, she would have other ideas to try. (She has suggested ANA - didn't work, and AFGE - didn't work either)
    I just finished my BSN program last week, and that didn't make any differenct in regard to their opinion about the repayment.
    Remember, there is power in numbers, and we have a strong voice.
    Last edit by BBFRN on Nov 11, '08 : Reason: Personal info removed per our TOS

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    From my experience with the NNEI, it was a positive experience. I am active duty in the Army as a nurse, but I worked at the VA in Michigan.
    I had to pay for my first semester because I had not been at the VA for a year(which was a requirement for them to pay), but after that, I submitted my packet, with all the info from the school, and it was paid.
    The thing is, now I am active duty and I owe 7 months of payback time. I had completed 5 months before I got active duty orders.
    If you have a nurse recruiter, ask them to look into other ways that the bill could be paid. Sounds like you signed up in good faith.
    Take care
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    Does anyone know of any participants of this program who are working part time while going to school, and wish to continue working part time? School would be the same "full time" online program done by any of the nurse's participating. RN to BSN ( diploma to BSN).

    Does the NNEI only cover a pro-rated amount of expenses? And, when done only covering the pro-rated expenses, do they then expect 3 years of full time service following?

    If you have any personal knowledge or info, can you let me know?

    I am trying to decide if I'd just be better off to cover this all myself, and not owe any committment whatever to the VA.

    After reading so many posts which are negative, I'm getting an eery feeling about this!

    My opinion is, if all goes well and there's no glitches in your personal or academic life, it's a positive experience..but, any deviation from that "perfect world" norm appears to create very significant problems....do I seem to have that correct in the way of general opinion?

    Anxious to hear from y'all!

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    Where do I start? I worked for the VA for 7 years before I started going to get my BSN. The education director talked me into applying for funds even though I was reluctant because I just didn't trust that it was safe. I worked the entire 18 months I was completing my degree.

    Turns out I was right. I not only did not get my degree fully funded, they shorted me about $7000. I also became ill with 11 months to go on my so called committment I was assured that I would qualify for a waiver. So I blithely left to take care of my health and wrote the letter, provided the data from my doctor, provided insurance forms etc to prove that I really was ill.

    The result? Two years later I received a notice that I was not getting the waiver and that I owed the VA 17, 500 which constitutes interest and triple damages on the prorated amount of $5000.

    I contacted my senator who basically told me too bad so sad. Mary Raymer is a mouthpiece for a system that has no words to describe it, They hide behind their government mantle and talk about how great they really are.

    I'd love to get an attorney to fight this. I even offered to return to the VA now that I am well to put in my 11 months so the debt will be cancelled. I was told I was not able to be rehired even thought they wouldn't tell me way. Age? I'm 57; my history of illness, Perhaps. I tried going the EEO route and got no where. I'd join a class action in a heartbeat if it happens.

    I'd NEVER advise anyone to get into that crooked system.
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    While I can be sympathetic to problems such as illness of self or family, it is difficult to sympathize with people who simply do not read (or, if they read, do not comprehend) the NNEI contract. All the issues identified in the negative posts on this thread are covered by the contract terms. Unfortunately, when difficulties arise, too many people want to be considered exceptions to the rules that they, themselves agreed to.

    Read the paper, folks. This is a business contract you are entering, not a "VA be nice" program.
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    Okay you guys are scaring me. I just submitted my application for the NNEI/VANEEP program. But I too agree with NurseResearcher, are we signing on the dotted line (as was drilled into my head by my education coordinator) that you must follow the guidelines of the program to the "T". I am assuming that I will have to drag my broken bones, sick parents, etc into my job in the event that these or any other unforeseen catastrophes occur. Just my 2 cents.

    NurseResearcher, are you familiar with the program. I have posted several times requesting information but have gotten very few responses. Do you know how long it takes to get an answer once they receive your application? Is payment always late like I have heard from many people? Any other information you may have would be exttremely appreciated.
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    I am one of the "lucky" recipients of the NNEI sholarship. I had no problem receiving funds, they were little late but that was not a problem. I also did not have any breach of contract, took all of my classes as scheduled, and graduated from the very good NP program. Once I graduated, however, I did not get the NP position. I've applied and been turned down for 3 jobs so far. I think that my VA uses NNEI funds for the retention purposes more than anything else. All the available jobs were filled by the candidates outside the VA. So, now I have to stay here for almost 3 years and work as a staff RN, which is not the end of the world, but I invested a lot of effort trying to do something different.
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    I rushed into the coordinators office to complete the paperwork on the very first day that they began accepting applications for this cycle. Its has been 2 months now and the deadline just passed. Should it really take this long to get an acceptance letter?
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    I cannot relocate because of the custody issues and I would not want to. Over all, NNEI is a great deal, you just have to stay with the program, no flexibility allowed. Good luck
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    does anyone have an opinion on whether or not nnei payments are taxable? the local administrator where i work seemed suprised by my question. i asked the administrator if i could get a statement to include with the bundle i send my tax account every year. the administrator responded that never in ten years had she been asked for a statement for tax purposes. respond here, or email me via my profile.


    please do not post email addresses in public posts, as it is against our terms of service. thanks- the mod team.
    Last edit by BBFRN on Mar 19, '09 : Reason: email addy

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