This is my first time to post but have read for a while. I'm just curious how working for the VA compares to working in a "regular" hospital. From what I have researched, the benefits at the VA outweigh the others by far but, I'm wondering why every time I mention the possibility of working at the VA I get the same response... "Eeeewww, are you sure you want to work there?" Does it have an underserved reputation or is it really that bad? From what I've read on these boards, 99% of the VA nurses seems to love their jobs - maybe it's just OKC?
I'm getting ready to graduate with a BSN, have no prior healthcare experience but have several other degrees and have had my own business for about 20 years, which I will continue to work. The VA seems like population with which I want to work, but after all the comments, I'm a bit leery.
Does anyone work at the VA in Oklahoma City? Do you like it? I'm planning on making a visit to the hospital and doing a little investigative work to see what the general consensus is amongst the nurses and staff. However, I thought I might get a more candid response if provided a little anonymity. Anything you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.