Well, here's my update, for others interested in nursing at the VA.
I interviewed one-on-one with the program manager. She had a standard list of questions from HR that we went through. There were a LOT of scenarios, which I was unprepared for. Things like, "Your patient is 90 years old, takes digoxin and lasix, has a HR of 56 and O2 sat of 89 with resp 22 and c/o SOB. What are you going to do?" Also got a question that went something like, "Tell me how you would use the nursing process to create a care plan for a new admission." Heck, I can't even remember the steps in the nursing process!
And I'm pretty confident they were looking for me to name them off, like, "Well, first I'd make an assessment, and then I'd...." whatever.
Then there were the other requisite questions, such as how to deal with a difficult co-worker or patient, and things like that.
All in all, I'm not that confident about how well I did. I had prepared more along the lines of understanding the VHA, the specific program I was applying for, the 4 Dimensions of Nursing, and all that stuff. This interview struck me more like an oral boards exam.
So, now, I guess I wait. I didn't inquire into the rest of the process, except to learn there might be another interview involved. I kind of don't think so. It sounded like they were interviewing maybe 3 or 4 candidates for 2 or 3 positions, so there probably isn't much more for them to wring out of us in an interview. heh
Anyway, I'll update this thread later with whatever happens next, good or bad.