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VA Hiring Process - page 6

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... Read More

  1. Visit  elprup profile page
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    Thanks 79Tango. I realized I would just add it all to be sure. Wow, I had no idea that I would be doing this much work for this job - having to account for all my moves, New Grad positions that "didn't work out", and trying to track down references is not helping.
    Guess I do not fancy redundancy...and all the crazy ways they want the information. Guess I better get used to it, if I get this job!
    Thank you for the confirmation.
  2. Visit  Latrice11 profile page
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    Anyone starting in Biloxi Mississippi on March 12th? I recently went through this process and it took about 6 months total (application, interview, fingerprinting, Vetpro, E-qip, physical, and salary review board). I am excited.
  3. Visit  elprup profile page
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    Congrats latrice11!! I just passed drug and physical...moving along. Good luck, you will do great. Sorry I am in CA.
  4. Visit  cns121 profile page
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    Congratulations Latrice 11. I started my process in Nov still waiting for a start date..It can be a little frustrating at times...
  5. Visit  positivenet profile page
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    I got hired by the VA last December (3 months ago). It took about 3-4 months from the submission of the application to the first day of start at the VA. It mostly depends on how fast the secuity clearnce can be done. I have heard that for some people it could take up to 9 months but mostly 2-4 months. The VA doesn't seem to hire RNs very often. My VA medical center uses many contract agency nurse as needed. In my unit, about 30% of the nurses are all contract nurses. And when there is an opening, they tend to hire one of the best contract nurses over new applicants. I have an ICU back ground, but I was not considered to get hired at the ICU because the ICU manager hired one of the their contract agency nurses.

    If you have further questions, please feel free.
    Last edit by positivenet on Mar 8, '12
  6. Visit  elprup profile page
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    Thank you positivenet. I am still working through the process. One big hold up for me is the reference letters! HR does not want me to send in my "packet" until I have my 3 reference letters. I have done everything else, have everything else ready and just waiting on last reference letter. Hoping it will arrive tomorrow
  7. Visit  Mayet_RN profile page
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    I have a tentative job offer with a VA hospital. So far, I only done the VetPro. Still waiting on fingerprinting and physical. Do they call you or email regarding the last two. I got selected on March 2. So after you are done with everything, they will let you know your salary job offer? Thanks
  8. Visit  cns121 profile page
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    Oh my goodness Thank you Jesus..I finally got my start date.. I'm so happy right now.
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  9. Visit  CaliBoy760 profile page
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    Quote from elprup
    Thank you positivenet. I am still working through the process. One big hold up for me is the reference letters! HR does not want me to send in my "packet" until I have my 3 reference letters. I have done everything else, have everything else ready and just waiting on last reference letter. Hoping it will arrive tomorrow

    I know it can't help you elprup but maybe it will help future readers of this thread. Make sure that you speak to each of your references at least 2-3 times a week after you submit them. Make sure that they understand how important to the process a timely response from them is. When you know that they have received the package to fill out, TELL THEM THAT YOU WILL PICK IT UP FROM THEM PERSONALLY!!!. Then, you go to the Post Office and OVERNIGHT THE PACKAGES TO THE VA!!!!

    I didn't know this when I got hired but I have friends who have cut the time in half by just doing those few simple things. I hope this helps someone....
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  10. Visit  Marshall1 profile page
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    The salary is given w/the formal job offer. Once Vetpro info.is returned the file goes to a nursing board - salary is determined from your experience, degree,etc. The board meets every wk at some VA's and every other at some VA's. If you don't hear from HR in a month I could contact them to check your status. Good luck.
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  11. Visit  elprup profile page
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    I overnight everything to VA! Good idea to remid everybody, it is $15 worth spending. Plus, it creates a paper trail!Me- Just one more reference letter to go....arrgg. Everything else has been done, verified and reverified. Gosh, I just want to work. Hope this is where I am supposed to be for a while.
  12. Visit  charliebeardog profile page
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    Hi,
    How long does it take for the VA credentialing and background security clearance? Also, what did the physical include? Just a plain physical, tb test, and urine test for drugs? Someone told me they do a blood test, Ive never had to do a blood test at any of my other hospitals.

    Thanks
  13. Visit  Marshall1 profile page
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    The background is done through VETPRO - how long depends on a few things - how many places you've lived/worked and if the references you provide respond quickly. For me, VETPRO came after the physical. You are also finger printed at the time of the physical. Atleast that's how it's done w/the VA I went to work for.The other background check is E-qip and is done after hire most of the time. The physical is eye test, general overview of your health, some bending/movement type things, TB test (they do a two step so if you have proof one a recent TB test then you wold only have to have one other done), EKG, no drug test but the blood work is a full panel and includes Hepatitis screen for Hep C, Hepatitis titer for Hep B, and immunity to chicken pox. After hire, as a nurse, a random drug screen IS done w/in 30 days of your EOD (first day). They will mail you results of all your labs for your own records.
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