Wow thank you to everyone who has replied thus far. I ended up not disputing it because I realized that the day I posted the question, I actually only had up until the next day to dispute. So, with that said, I am hoping that with my weekend differential, I can make up some of the difference. I have been thinking about going part time and working part time at my per-diem job tthat pays me $18 more per hour than I currently make at the VA. I heard that the education scholarships
are awarded to part time nurses as well.
I am an ICU nurse with the VA, I do plan to go back to school, hopefully with the VA scholarship
which awards a max of $36K, then you owe them 3 years of service. I don't mind that. I just need help navigating the system. I don't get much help from anyone at my VA, and some nurses have told me that it took them over 10 years of working there to finally figure out the benefits available to them. I do not want to wait that long to figure it out lol.
RN4KU, you sound like you really know how to navigate the VA and I would love to speak more in depth with you, possibly becoming a friend who I can turn to with questions here and there if you don't mind. I am just trying to get the most out of my experience here, as I am a very dedicated and compassionate nurse. I feel that for all that I have to offer to our Veterans , I do deserve to also be paid appropriately. I believe I am the change that the VA has been searching for, as we know, not all, but there are some nurses and other staff at the VA that are there just to do their time and collect their beneifts. I am looking to make a difference here, and possibly on a grander scale with the VA in the future.