VA Hiring Process - page 3

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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    Another update: Received copies of all my lab work as promised by the PA that did my physical which I completed the 10th. The letter was dated the 17th. Nothing else so far.

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    "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 and my application status for two posting says "referred to selecting official." The VA closest to my home, I can't get through to the recruiter, she emailed me back once and the status of all the apps just says "application received." I do know a nurse practitioner that works at this VA site and she tried to give my resume to the recruiter, but I had to apply online.

    For those of you that are familiar with the hiring process, any idea what the next step is. In all there are around 20 RN vacancies. The two systems have two completely different online application submissions, how will I know if I've completed the application process correctly, its a little confusing I've been applying since I've graduated and earlier this year I found out that I was applying the wrong way so those positions don't count. These positions closed in September."

    This varies according to the candidate and what the facility. Total time from submitting my application, getting interview, receiving offer of position, physical, vetpro, etc.? About 45-50 days. I had never applied for a VA position so I forgot to send/fax in my application w/ signed ink so this may have slowed things up. Plus I found out if the nurse recruiter is interested in YOU as a candidate, they will allow for documents to be sent in AFTER the close date. No, I do not have a mom/dad/sister/bro who works at VA or know anyone, I just connected really well with the Recruiter and my manager. Good Luck!
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    You are very correct punkhardcore, there is an expedited VetPro and for "select candidates" they will give whats called "temporary privledges" which means you can start ASAP and work for 120 days while your VetPro is being complete. That is very rare but the stars to align themselves.
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    I was pleasantly suprised myself after accepting position last Tuesday they wanted me to start orientation next week. She pretty much stated exactly what 79Tango said, that I could work while Vetpro, etc. was being completed. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
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    Yep, you got the "ol' conditional approval" they are either really desperate or you are really special, either way dont let them get lazy with your VetPro.

    Seriously 120 days flies by and if they missed a signature or didnt get an orginal on something-you will turn into a pumpkin. Ive seen people yanked off the floor only to find out the conditional approval was a 1 time deal and now had to start VetPro all over.
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    I'm glad to hear that's an option. I feel bad because my current employer knows that I will be leaving, but they have no clue when because I cannot give them an exact date yet. So you can be boarded and work while you are waiting on vetpro to be completed?
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    Yes, but that is the exception, not the rule and almost never happens. Your employer will have plenty of notice, trust me!
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    79Tango...does the VA offer orientation once a month, weekly, biweekly? I still have not heard zip about the job but was curious if once an offer is made if starting orientation is quick. I was told the orientation is a week long and since I live 2 hrs from the nearest VA that offers it they will provide accommadations..of course, this is when/if I get the job. Thanks ~
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    So I completed the vetpro, fingerprinting, physical, paperwork, and everything else they had me do. It was very organized, it took me about 4 hours total to complete everything. I was told that I had everything they needed for me to turn in and all I'm waiting on is to be boarded. I asked if they were going to send out anything or contact my references further and I was told there would be no contact with my references because I provided letters of recommendation that had everything they needed. Vetpro was easier than I expected but thats because I don't have much employment history, but they still walked me through vetpro. They told me I should hear something by the 2nd week in February and I was also given another background site to go to @ home to complete on my own time. HR also told me I would be given a variety of dates to choose from when starting because they understand I need to give 2 weeks notice to my present employer. The waiting continues
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    That's great! Not too much longer!!

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