VA nurse pay scales

  1. Stumbled across this today for anyone who needs it:

    http://www.va.gov/OHRM/Pay/

    If you know your VA's station number you can look up the pay scale in the first section or you can look up the state in the section below.

    Grade 01 = Nurse I
    Grade 02 = Nurse II and so on

    Nurse I, Level 2 pay starts at Step 03 and Level 3 starts at Step 05.

    As a new grad with a BSN, I started as a Nurse I, Level 2, Step 05.

    Hope this helps!
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  2. 57 Comments

  3. by   Graduatenurse14
    I JUST stumbled upon some positions at my local VA System and came here to look for info like this!! Thank God for AN!!!
  4. by   keshia02
    Thank you sooooo much for that link. I've worked at the VA hospital for 7 years and I have yet to be able to get access to real time nursing pay scale for Arkansas. Thanks a million.!!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   HM3-2-BSN
    Does the VA offer tuition reimbursement as a benefit? I can't find anything online.
  6. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from HM3-2-BSN
    Does the VA offer tuition reimbursement as a benefit? I can't find anything online.
    Scholarship $ for continuing education for nurses is offered, but there are hoops

    Each VAMC approves or disapproves each application for scholarship; nothing is guaranteed. While it's true that many have started with an ADN at VA and gone on for BSN, MSN, even DNP on VA's dime, that isn't true of all. Some are not approved; much depends on the needs of the facility, competition in the region, and the big one: available funds.

    If you are selected for reimbursement, the specifics of how much they will pay and for what duration of time is spelled out in the agreement between you and VA. If for any reason you don't complete the program (get the degree), you will owe VA $$$. Likewise if you finish the degree but don't stay the agreed-upon time afterward; varies from 1-3 years. And if you fail to hold up your end of the agreement....expect to pay 3x the cost of the actual expense as a penalty.

    Short answer is "YES". Longer answer is "yes...mostly....sometimes....make darned sure you really wanna do it"
  7. by   Pairofshues
    I have a question about the Nurse Locality Pay Schedule (Title 38 Pay Schedules - Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)) what does the number under Level 2 or Level 3 mean?
    Example if you go to the link, click on Nurse Locality Pay Schedule, click Texas, the first line is Houston Registered Nurse,
    what does the '3' under level 2 or the '5' under the level 3 mean?
    Thanks for the info!
  8. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from Pairofshues
    I have a question about the Nurse Locality Pay Schedule (Title 38 Pay Schedules - Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)) what does the number under Level 2 or Level 3 mean?
    Example if you go to the link, click on Nurse Locality Pay Schedule, click Texas, the first line is Houston Registered Nurse,
    what does the '3' under level 2 or the '5' under the level 3 mean?
    Thanks for the info!
    I took a look, and while I can't be sure, my GUESS is that it's the number of positions for that level that the facility has (or had) open at the time of the posting? I really don't know...it's not the total number of positions, as that's obviously too small, but....maybe it was current only at that time?

    I'm sorry, I don't know. VA has its own mysteries that we keep trying to figure out, even when WORKING there!
  9. by   jeckrn
    It is also on the VA intranet.
  10. by   Pairofshues
    Is there a set shift diff $ or % for VA Nurses or does the differential differ among VA facilities / locations?

    I had heard it was 10% night diff and 25% weekend diff...is this correct?

    Also does all the VA hospitals use the same computer and EMAR charting system? If so what program is it?

    Thanks for the info!
  11. by   jeckrn
    Quote from Pairofshues
    Is there a set shift diff $ or % for VA Nurses or does the differential differ among VA facilities / locations?

    I had heard it was 10% night diff and 25% weekend diff...is this correct?

    Also does all the VA hospitals use the same computer and EMAR charting system? If so what program is it?

    Thanks for the info!
    -All VA facilities use the same computer systems.

    -The night diff is 10% and it covers 2nd & 3rd shifts. There is no difference between the 2 like some civilian facilities. Weekend diff is 25% only for Sundays by federal regulations but the VA pays it for Sat. & Sun.

    -Depending on which VA you work for and what department there can also be another diff. The VA I worked at had a 7% diff if you worked inpatient or ED. Straight Mon-Fri positions were not paid this.
  12. by   Pairofshues
    Thanks jeckrn!!

    I noticed you said 2nd and 3rd shift, so do the nurses in the hospital setting work 8 hour shifts or is it 12 hour shifts?
    ....I will be on a med/surg/tele floor at the dallas VA hospital.
    Last edit by Pairofshues on Mar 23, '15 : Reason: Add question
  13. by   jeckrn
    Quote from Pairofshues
    Thanks jeckrn!!

    I noticed you said 2nd and 3rd shift, so do the nurses in the hospital setting work 8 hour shifts or is it 12 hour shifts?
    ....I will be on a med/surg/tele floor at the dallas VA hospital.
    It depends on the facility. The one I worked at only had 8 hour shifts when I started and when I left it had a mix of 12 & 8 hour shifts. I would work a combination of 8 & 12 hour shifts to get 80 hours per pay period. Sometimes it would be 6 12's & 1 8 others it would be 4 &4.
  14. by   amw79
    Can somebody help me figure out my potential pay grade? I've scoured the web but am still unclear....I would be starting at the VA hospital in Tampa as a new grad with a BSN (no experience)...I also have 5 points for prior military service (not sure if this affects the pay determination it may only figure into the hiring process)....I read an earlier comment about a new grad BSN being a Nurse 1 level 2 step 5? I'm not sure how they determine the steps...please help! thanks

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