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  • Jan 19

    Quote from RXtech
    I have no experience working at the VA, so I can't help you there. What exactly are they offering to pay for? Is it just tuition? Or do they pay all tuition, fees, books, and give you a stipend for living expenses? I would really hesitate to commit three years of my life for just a few semesters' tuition. But if they were offering something really good I would definitely consider it.

    Good luck!
    They pay for the books, tuition, fees. There is one program in the system (I forget what it's called) that will pay you a stipend so that you can go to school full time but you are required to work weekends. Only a few in each VISN are awarded each year. One of our PCAs is doing this. BTW-you have to have your prerequisites finished and applied to a nursing program (with acceptance) before you can start all the paperwork.
    As for the "something really good" none of the other hospitals in our area pay as much as VA does but they offer such things as your children can go to college at a reduced rate etc.

  • Jan 19

    I call the VA the VA Spa. Even though the ICU I work in isn't a spa a lot of the time. It is what it is. The scooters some of them ride-VA Harleys. Change is slow but it does happen. Even though I'm an older nurse, I've only been in the system for 10 years after working in the private sector. Each VA has it's own personality. It took me a while to get accustomed to how things work. I love working with the vets. They are tough! I especially love the WW 2 guys.

    I transferred from one VA to another one 400 miles away. Because it is more expensive to live where I am now, they have locality pay. This adjusts your income if you move to an area where it costs more to live. I make more money because it costs more to live in this area.

  • Jan 16

    I posted this a long time ago on another forum here at AN. This was in the early 80's and cardiac care was much different than it is now. Mr. V was a 59yr old who was admitted to the ICU with a large anteroseptal MI. We kept MIs at least 10 days. He suffered a cardiac arrest and they worked on him for about 45 minutes. The doctor called the code. They were getting ready to do post-mortem care and he got a pulse back. He said he was floating over top his body. He could name the Dr.s, nurses etc. that were there during the code. He even remembered one nurse who made a snide comment about his male anatomy when putting a catheter in. From that point on, he refused to have this nurse care for him.

    As I've been a nurse a long time and worked much of it on night shift. I know a few stories!