The VA Medical Center Pay - page 3

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Do any of you guys know how much the VA pay new LPN grads?? I know the benefits are really good any ideas??:rolleyes:... Read More


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    I work for the VA hospital in Memphis, Tn and as a new grad ( RN-BSN) with no exp. I started off as a nurse 1/step 4. RNs are not considered GS employees they are considered title 38 and are on a different pay scale. My starting base salary is 50,800 not including differentials or holiday pay.
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    Quote from marvinskbaby1
    I work for the VA hospital in Memphis, Tn and as a new grad ( RN-BSN) with no exp. I started off as a nurse 1/step 4. RNs are not considered GS employees they are considered title 38 and are on a different pay scale. My starting base salary is 50,800 not including differentials or holiday pay.
    I was just curious as to how long have you been working there?
    Also, I thought they started BSN-RN's at grade 2/step 1? Did you have your BSN when you started or did you get it after you started working?
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    marvinskbaby1

    Can you explain tol me how the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) works in the VA Hospital system? And how much does the 401k plan match per dollar? And how long do you have work in the sytsem before you become vested?
    How much is night shift and weekend diff pay?
    Thanks
    Last edit by 2bmalenurse007 on Sep 8, '08 : Reason: left something out
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    I started working for the VA at the beginning of April so for about 5.5 months now. RN-BSN are supposed to start off Nurse 2, but since I had no exp. I started off as a nurse1 step 4. After 2 yrs I move up to nurse 2. If you have experience and have a BSN you start off at least at nurse 2 step 1. I started off with my BSN.

    The FERS system works something like this. It's a three tier program.
    1. Federal retirement (which they only take a few dollars out of your check a week, depending on your salary.) Which in the end doesn't add up to very much.

    2. Social security (which depending on when you plan to retire may be absolete).

    3. TSP (it's basically the same thing as a 401k, you are vested after 3 yrs. they match dollar for dollar up to the first 3% that you contribute and after the first 3% if contribute up to 5% of your salary they match 0.50 cents for every dollar

    RNs receive 5 wks of vacation and 2 wks of sick leave-title 38 employees only starting off. If you are a LPN you are considered a GS employee and only start off with 2wks vacation and 2wks of sick leave.
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    Night shift diff is 10% of your base salary and weekend shift diff is 25% of your base salary (broken down hourly of course).....and double pay for holidays worked
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    Quote from marvinskbaby1
    I started working for the VA at the beginning of April so for about 5.5 months now. RN-BSN are supposed to start off Nurse 2, but since I had no exp. I started off as a nurse1 step 4. After 2 yrs I move up to nurse 2. If you have experience and have a BSN you start off at least at nurse 2 step 1. I started off with my BSN.
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    Do you mean experience like RN experience (prior RN degree) or experience like externing at the hospital before being hired as a RN-BSN?

    Oh, and is night/weekend shift diff. stacked?
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    Only Rn experience counts, not extern, cna, not even lpn experience. And the shift diff is stacked.
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    Quote from cinqly
    Do you know if all BSN nurses start at level 2? or is that just because of your locale/experience? Also, did they start you at step 3 or is that the result of raises (if yes, over what time period did they give you a raise?).
    RN Qualifications:
    ·Nurse I, Level 1 – None beyond basic educational requirement (Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing)
    ·Nurse I, Level 2 – Approximately 1 year experience OR Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelors degree in a related field OR Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
    ·Nurse I, Level 3 – Approximately 2-3 years experience OR Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years experience OR BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience ORMaster’s degree in Nursing or related field with a BSN
    ·Nurse II – BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience OR Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience OR Master’s degree in Nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience OR Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field


    RNs benefits include:
    • 26 vacation days
    • 13 sick days
    • 10 paid Federal holidays
    • Federal retirement system with 401K plan
    • Health and life insurance options
    • RN Salary Range: $41,259 to $74,349 per annum (*Based on Education and Experience)
    • May apply for tuition reimbursement up to $38,000 through the Education Debt Reduction Program
    • ~Obtained from Sample VA Job Announcement
    If Interested in more information on Title 38 here is the link:
    Title 38 Explained
    Title 38 Pay information
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    Hi,

    Would the pay and benefits be exactly the same for NIH? Does the VA have fellowships for new grads? How about in critical care?

    Thanks
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    Quote from FA to CRNA
    Hi,

    Would the pay and benefits be exactly the same for NIH? Does the VA have fellowships for new grads? How about in critical care?

    Thanks
    I know that for BSN graduates they require you to have at least 1 year of med-surg experience before transferring into critical care.


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