VA Hiring Process - page 10

Hello Allnurses, From the previous posts I've read the VA hiring process is pretty long and drawn out. I've applied to two different VA sites. The VA an hour away from my home I can always get in contact with a nurse recruiter... Read More

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    Here's a question for those recently hired (or who are already with the VA): Do you have to work for the VA 5 years or 10 years to be eligible to retire with benefits - at least insurance? I was recently offered a job with them and am waiting on ppwk from HR to get the process rolling. When the HR person called I asked if it was 10 years (which is what's on the website) and she told me no, it's 5. So kinda confused. I have to call them this week and I'll ask again, but was wondering what others know or have been told. Thanks!

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    It's 5 years...and the FERS retirement is mandatory participation but the TSP is optional.
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    Info on my reference letter problem...HR wanted my ref letters to have all nine deminsions of nursing examples in them. I thought I could write my own examples, which is what the directions said. I found out I could write them, but my info had to be contained with in the reference letters with their signatures. Kind of a weird situation, rewriting my reference letters and adding my nursing deminsion examples and asking my refs to resign. But that is what I was told to do. Still no word yet for me. I am hoping I have not lost this job.
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    I have never heard of the 9 dimensions of nursing so I can't help you there but this sounds like someone doesn't really know what they are talking about and you are having to redo a lot of things you should not be having to. I would contact the person you interviewed with directly and ask him/her if you are still in the running. when I was going through the process I had to do this several times as HR, at least the one attached to where I work, is VERY slow and no one seems to ever answer their phones. I wait a few days then go up the chain. I am still having to work out issues of travel reimbursement - money still not received - and going through hoops to get money stopped from being taken out of my check for benefits I didn't sign up for. In fact, I am going to be contacting everyone again today when I get to work. Keep us posted
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    Thanks Marshall, VA had their meeting tuesday, so I tought either I would get a call/email today, but I didn't. I agree, i will be calling everybody tomorrow. I just hope this is not their way of telling me "congats on gettin this far, but sorry we are not hiring you". Because last week they were hounding me to get stuff redone and into them ASAP so my orientation could start next Monday.I very much appreciated your guidance regarding reimbursements. I'm going to be spending 5 days 4 nights in San Fran. That ought to be a good chunk of change. But I am sooo ready.
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    Keep every receipt you can while you are on orientation and keep copies and you are going to have to keep on them about getting reimbursed. I am STILL waiting for my reimbursement for mileage and meals (I drove 103 miles/day for 5 days for orientation.) They told myself and one other person HR would give us a gov't vehicle to drive, that didn't pan out, HR then told us they would set us up in a hotel and pay meals and mileage - that didn't pan out either. My boss was literally calling HR day 1 of orientation to find out what was wrong. Never did. But I was told, again by HR, to go through a site called FedTraveler to get reimbursed for mileage and meals. I did. And not THAT isn't the correct way so HR is supposedly working on it. I wouldn't care except it's 100's of dollars and another facility was closer to me for orientation and I had already driven the 2 hrs and spent a whole day on my time/gas to get the physical etc. Also, when in orientation listen CAREFULLY to all the benefits. If there is something you do not want make SURE to take care of getting the forms and turning them in while you are there that week or you will, like the rest of us, get some surprises in your 1st check. All monies are direct deposited and while I've gotten a few pay checks now I have yet to see a check stub. Some peoples shows up, others say every so often they get one - which makes me wonder where they are going but I have quickly learned you have to stay on people here to get things done even at a snails pace. Once you get the kinks worked out you will be able to relax and enjoy the new job but the beginning is far more stressful than I think it needs to be and more so than in the private sector so just hang in there.
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    Thank you so much Marshall. I called the Nursing Director and no phone call back yet. In the meantime I am applying to the county for a public health position. It pays less, but would still work for me. Ill let you know....and if I do get into the VA, I will save everything. I am pretty OCD like that anyway, but so good to know! Take care
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    Arrg, still no phone call. So I emailed Director and HR a bit ago. We shall see.
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    I hope by now you have heard something...this is why so many people give up on getting hired by the took one person I work with 6 years to even get an interview - and he is prior military w/medical experience! Keep us posted!
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    Ok guys help me please. On may 7th I received a notification email statingThis:We have reviewed your application and found you qualified for the position listed above. *Your name has been referred to the employing agency for consideration.Now, aprox. How long Willie take to receive a call for a interview?

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