VA Nurse Practitioner

  1. Does anyone work at the VA - veteran affairs as a nurse practitioner? If so how do you like it? I work as an RN at the VA now but I would like to know how working as a NP there is...
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    About serenitylove14, BSN, MSN, APRN

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  3. by   Shanimal
    Since you already work for the VA, do you have any NP colleagues who can offer their opinions and maybe even allow you to shadow?
  4. by   Jules A
    I'm wondering if their NP pay rates ever caught up with the invention of indoor plumbing?
  5. by   FullGlass
    Quote from Jules A
    I'm wondering if their NP pay rates ever caught up with the invention of indoor plumbing?
    Yes, the VA has pretty competitive pay now, plus location differential. They also have great benefits.
  6. by   Jules A
    Quote from FullGlass
    Yes, the VA has pretty competitive pay now, plus location differential. They also have great benefits.
    Like yow much? Last I saw the max was $130k a year and you had to have worked there or been a NP a million years to make that grade most were making around 90k.
  7. by   criticalcareNP
    I am working as an NP at the VA. The pay for NPs is way less than the PA pay, its very upsetting. The PAs make 10,000-18,000 more than us. We have lost 4 Nps this year already.
  8. by   Jules A
    Quote from criticalcareNP
    I am working as an NP at the VA. The pay for NPs is way less than the PA pay, its very upsetting. The PAs make 10,000-18,000 more than us. We have lost 4 Nps this year already.
    Would you share the ranges? I worked for VA as a RN and really liked it. When I got my NP they made me a laughable offer so I said bye-bye. I kept thinking especially in psych with all the bad press they'd step up but it doesn't sound like it. I'm now making over $100,000 a year more than the VA offered me back then. The benefits are good but not that good.
  9. by   FullGlass
    Quote from Jules A
    Would you share the ranges? I worked for VA as a RN and really liked it. When I got my NP they made me a laughable offer so I said bye-bye. I kept thinking especially in psych with all the bad press they'd step up but it doesn't sound like it. I'm now making over $100,000 a year more than the VA offered me back then. The benefits are good but not that good.
    The pay depends on location and the VA, like other government agencies, makes these available to the public. Do a Google search on "Title 38 Pay Schedules." For example, here in San Diego, which is pretty expensive, but not as bad as San Francisco or Los Angeles, an NP can make from $84,947 to $150,346, depending on Step and Grade. NPs are GS 12. I think the DNP is automatically a GS 13.

    There are also excellent benefits:
    10 days holiday
    13 days sick
    26 days of paid annual (vacation/personal) leave and may accumulate up to 85 days
    Loan repayment
    Tuition reimbursement
    Can also take time off for education
    Excellent medical, etc - federal employee plan
    Retirement plan - Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS)
    Thrift plan (like a 401K)

    In addition, I have talked to VA NPs who said they don't feel so rushed. They can take their time with patients, not on a clock to see a patient every 15 to 20 minutes.

    I think the VA is very competitive when one looks at the salary plus the benefits. Personally, I'd like to work for them.
  10. by   Jules A
    The rates have definitely gone up. In my area a grade 4 step 13, not sure how long you have had to be a NP
    to get that rate? is $143,000. Still unfortunately more than $40,000 less than my yearly base salary but a definite improvement.
  11. by   serenitylove14
    Quote from Shanimal
    Since you already work for the VA, do you have any NP colleagues who can offer their opinions and maybe even allow you to shadow?
    Hmmm... I will definitely send out a mass email to see if anyone will let me shadow... Great idea!!
  12. by   serenitylove14
    Quote from FullGlass
    The pay depends on location and the VA, like other government agencies, makes these available to the public. Do a Google search on "Title 38 Pay Schedules." For example, here in San Diego, which is pretty expensive, but not as bad as San Francisco or Los Angeles, an NP can make from $84,947 to $150,346, depending on Step and Grade. NPs are GS 12. I think the DNP is automatically a GS 13.

    There are also excellent benefits:
    10 days holiday
    13 days sick
    26 days of paid annual (vacation/personal) leave and may accumulate up to 85 days
    Loan repayment
    Tuition reimbursement
    Can also take time off for education
    Excellent medical, etc - federal employee plan
    Retirement plan - Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS)
    Thrift plan (like a 401K)

    In addition, I have talked to VA NPs who said they don't feel so rushed. They can take their time with patients, not on a clock to see a patient every 15 to 20 minutes.

    I think the VA is very competitive when one looks at the salary plus the benefits. Personally, I'd like to work for them.
    This is why its so hard to leave lol. Interesting they dont feel rushed... thats always a good thing!!
  13. by   Jules A
    Quote from serenitylove14
    Interesting they dont feel rushed... thats always a good thing!!
    I can't speak for NPs but as a RN inpatient psych we had the lowest patient load of any job I ever had.
  14. by   serenitylove14
    Girl I love my inpatient psych floor!! It's literally the easiest floor to work on!

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