Hello, I am fairly new to the site. But I do have questions about the VA hospital in Murfreesboro, TN if anyone could help out. I was offered a job with the VA and am supposed to start orientation on October 9th. Just wondering if anyone knows any details about the facility: nurse patient ratio, pay scale, shift diff, specifics on staff morale, things of that nature. I am excited about the opportunity as I am a new grad nurse. Just looking for a little feedback. Thanks in advance!
Congrats on your new job, as no one has answered yet I willadd what I remember / know. I worked for a little over two years at a differentVA and moved to Germany with the US Army as a civilian nurse around 8 monthago. Nurses have a pay scale from nurse 1 to 5, with most of as falling into1,2 or 3. When I was hired I was placed into a nurse 1 step 7 spot, I argued alot as I thought I should been a nurse 2but I was told if I did well during the next year I would be placed into aNurse 2. I do need to admit that they did take a chance on me, as I was hiredas a Cardiac cath lab nurse with NO prior experiences other than ED. Anyways, Idid get nurse two after "proofing" myself. Shift differential was 15% nightsand 10% weekends, so if you work weekend nights it is 25%. On call pay isoutstanding...10% of your overtime pay, so if your base pay was $25, and OT was37.50 my on call pay was 3.75 an hour (and I was on call a lot). I would ask HRfor a copy of the current pay scales...you have a right for it but for somereason they make a big deal out of it. The VA was also part of the GovernmentalUnion, just fyi. Other benefits are also outstanding, as you will be a titel 38employee...more vacation and other benefits. Patients for the most are wonderful,and I truly loved working with them, of course exceptions exist everywhere.
The co-workers were great, both in the ED and the cath lab,but if not the same for you, you have the power to make a change.
In short, it was the best place I have ever worked for.Great manager, great pt and co-workers, good pay and lots of opportunity forgrowth. I hope you will have similar good experiences at your VA, good luck!
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