Anyone using VA VOC Rehab... - page 6

I was wondering if anyone on this forum is currently or has used the VA Vocational Rehab program to go through nursing school? I am in school for my RN and looking at becoming an advanced practiced... Read More

  1. Visit  ShondaJ profile page
    Yes it is nerve wrecking for real. Always have to stop and start.
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  3. Visit  txsjohnny profile page
    I was accepted to go back to school by VA Voc Rehab, Winston-Salem, NC but she would NOT approve me for a nursing degree & told me she would approve me for a Medical Assistant degree. WTFrack? Nothing against MA's, but I want to be a nurse practitioner so I can help my brother and sister Veterans and my community. I could never make it on a MA's salary! Plus, being a 52 yr old, white male, I doubt many doctor's offices would even consider hiring me as a medical assistant. Most of them want perky, young females running around their clinics. I am sorry if my views appear sexist, but I used to work as a non-certified medical assistant and the doctor and office manager did not like that I had my own mind and was not constantly cowering at their feet but suggesting how to make the office run better and more efficient. They fired me. So what do I do now? I feel like if I tell my counselor I do not want to pursue a degree in medical assisting that she will just boot me out of the system. She told me that due to my PTSD (rated 80%) she does not think I could handle the stress of working as a nurse! I have been working in hospitals as a health tech for almost 14 years now and most of that in the ER and Oncology! Talk about stress! I am at a loss and am depressed, feeling dejected again by the VA and their cronies.
  4. Visit  RNnotdunn profile page
    Hello. I am new to the forum. I have a quick question. I apologize if it has been answered, but I'd greatly appreciate your input.
    If I am 100% P&T does that disqualify me from using Chap 31/voc rehab?
  5. Visit  Camwill profile page
    No it does not disqualify you. I know a friend who receives it that is 100% the only problem you will have is whether you can pick the degree you want. You have to prove that the degree you get wont hurt your disability.
  6. Visit  RNnotdunn profile page
    Thank you Camwill.... Are you currently enrolled in the program??? I have my initial appointment coming up and very nervous... Not quite sure what to expect... Please PM if you have any suggestions...
  7. Visit  Camwill profile page
    I am currently in the program. My suggestion would be to be prepared with the school you want to go to, why you want to do this, why the profession will not cause further injury to your disabilities. I had letters from nurses that had disabilities similar to mine and how they deal with it. It you have any questions let me know?
  8. Visit  jessica.rhods profile page
    I'm so glad I found this thread! I'm in a BSN program right now and I'm about 99% certain my vocational rehab counselor is going to deny me for retraining to become an NP due to my rating and the type of injuries I have. I need to find safety policies from hospitals (I'm in Ca) that have wording like "nurses aren't supposed to lift more than 35lbs without a mechanical lift" or "nurses have to call the lift team to lift heavy patients". something like that. some policy or something in writing that I can provide to my counselor to support the fact that getting through nursing school and becoming a nurse practitioner won't aggravate my injuries. Does anyone out there know where I can find anything like this online? or which department of the hospital I should call and ask for it? Will they even provide something like that to someone who's not an employee??

    And I guess I need to start working on my appeal as well. Who did you go to for help for your appeal process? Thanks in advance!
  9. Visit  Camwill profile page
    You can try to get letters from NPs and have them state that they don't do that in their job description. That is what my counselor had me do.

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