VA Hiring Process - page 9

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... Read More

  1. by   elprup
    Thanks Marshall, I agree and decided to take my class. So nice to have some inside advice/guidance on the whole VA thing. I'll email HR and my interviewer Friday too.Thanks again. So glad your job is going well...even though there are kinks.
  2. by   elprup
    After everything...looks like I am NOT getting the job at VA. i have not gotten the official letter, but grapevine doesnt think I am qualified??? So then why did I go through the entire process??? So past my limit. Thank you for letting me vent.
  3. by   Marshall1
    Oh no! I hope before you give up and if you are still interested in working for the VA that you will contact directly the person you interviewed with and let him/her know what you are hearing. I have found in my very short time w/the VA that there are a LOT of grapevine talkers and that creates unnecessary problems for some employees. I have also found to NOT give up on something if you are promised it - I have, literally weekly, been in touch w/2 people re: some additional, one time pay I am due. I have been at this since March but finally, part of it will be coming through this week.
    You have to get around the person in HR most of the time as well...I have found they don't seem to really care or respond. I can't imagine the hiring manager would've spent this time on you if not interested...the only thing I can think of is they found or think they found something in the VETPRO part or one of the references didn't turn out. Again, before you give up, try to speak directly to the person who hired you, be direct and honest, that you are waiting but have heard they are not going to hire you and you would like an update. Please come back and post and let us know how things go. I hope whomever telling you this is wrong because you sound like you would be a great asset to the VA.
  4. by   elprup
    Thanks Marshall. I did contact Nursing Director yesterday, who interviewed me. She could not tell me anything, "I do not have any input on who they say yes to, I only present who I think is best. It is their decision". She did say she is pretty upset they have not made a decision. Oh and the problem that has gotten SF VA all fired up is that my previous employer hired me as a medical assistant (yes cheap bast##ds, but utilized me as a new grad registered nurse. Which I told them at my interview and on my application, etc etc and they all seemed to understand my reasons. I only took the job bevause I needed experience and there was nothing else in my rural area, and I refused to moved my teenagers for a third time!) Then, i left the clinic because I was tired of being taken adavatage of as a registered nurse at an MA wage and being responsible for everything on the floor and in Triage since we did not have a nurse manager or even a medical director. I did many many RN duties. Well get this, my former employe refuses to tell VA that yes I was hired as an MA, but utilized as an floor RN and Triage Nurse. They told VA i was an RN with MA duties. I truly cannot believe they are lying!! Anyway, I found one of my HRSA Federal Nursing Scholarship verifications my prev employer signed, and it states I was employed as an RN and signed by the very person who is telling VA I was an RN with MA duties. I hope VA believes me and contacts HRSA to verify what I am saying is true. I cannot believe all the crud my prev employer has put me througn. It is like I have been branded with a scarlet letter because I left their hell hole. And if VA job does not work out, my next interview is with the county and I am betting the same situations regarding my prev employer are going to occur all over again. ill let you know. Just really kind of bummed, but not giving up. Ill let you know. Oh, and my HR contact at VA has been replaced. Joy to the world.
  5. by   Marshall1
    Please keep us is amazing what power a former employer can have..I know what you mean about leaving an employer and the revenge attitude they can have..and in your case unfairly so. I hope you can work this out. You would be a good fit for the VA with as much interest as you have. Good luck and up date us if anything changes.
  6. by   CaliBoy760
    elprup, I do not wish to spur you to do anything that you are not prepared to do. However, I would look at your state, and federal laws regarding what former employers are LEGALLY required to provide to a potential candidate and determine if your former employer has fallen outside that margin. Federal employment laws are pretty clear cut. It sounds like your former employer WOULD NOT have hired you had you not possessed a valid nursing license, regardless of the job description that they are giving to the VA. I smell an accounting trick on their part to reduce their taxes. But that's just me.... I am surprised that the VA is all that concerned, really. If you can show that you functioned in an RN capacity, i.e, intake assessments, IV hangs, care plans, etc., I would think that the VA would accept that time as RN related work. Again, maybe it's me, but I smell something fishy....
  7. by   elprup
    Just another reason why a New/Old Grad should not take a lower position job. No word from VA yet. Thank you so much for the advice, I do appreciate it. I was sort of at a loss on where to turn so that really helped perk me up a bit. I am researching the Laws right after this. Just hoping it all goes through.
  8. by   msrn1204
    It took longer than I expected to hear back from the HR. I received the phone call today with the official job offer. I will be starting orientation next month! I am so excited!
  9. by   Marshall1
    Congrats msrn1204..the process to get "on boarded" and the orientation are stressful and like the hiring process, slow and "teeth pulling" - my advice as someone who has gone through this is keep EVERYTHING you are given in writing and write down names of everyone you come in contact with during this process...I have had to keep after several in order to get the additional monies I was promised as part of the hiring process, to stop automatic deductions from my check for benefits I was not interested in and am still not going to end up w/one of the promises which was assistant w/student loans but, once you get through the HR stuff, you will, I think, enjoy working at the VA. There is a lot of room for advancement if you ever wish to do that. Good luck and welcome to the VA!
  10. by   msrn1204
    Marshall1, why aren't you getting assistance with student loans? It was listed as an incentive on my job announcement.

  11. by   theVaway
    Funding for educational benefits including NNEI and student loan repayment have been drastically cut as a result of the current economic state of our federal government.
  12. by   theVaway
    VA monies for educational funding and loan payback were cut as a result of the current economical environment of our federal government.

    Oops posted twice!
  13. by   newnewnurse
    Hi bjorklover,

    I'm glad you posted this... I just received an email just exactly like that and am wondering the same things as you.. Did you get an answer to your questions?