VA Hiring Process - page 8

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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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    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
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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
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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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    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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    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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    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.
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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
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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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    How far back did they go on work history for VETPRO? And what happens if a business is closed and there's no way to reach the owner?
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    You are to list everything for 10 yrs at least. You can notate in the information the business is closed. If there are gaps more than 30 days between jobs you have to list that too. VETPRO is completed online and if there are errors or omissions it will let you know.
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