I worked for the VA in San Francisco for 1 1/2 years and it was the best hospital I've been in. Up to date equipment and medications (since we were a test lab for many companies), good pay, vacation, etc. It is nearly impossible to get rid of lazy people (some of whom are supervisors), and there is a lot of paperwork to get hired (including official transcripts from your nursing school
But be aware that some VA facilities have very unpleasant reputations, while others have excellent ones, so you would want to spend some time at any one you might be interested in, hang around and ask questions. Spend some time n the cafeteria and talk to people.
The VA has a good, thorough web site for more research, as you probably know, vacareers.com