Anyone using VA VOC Rehab... - page 7

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. by   jessica.rhods
    apply! As long as you can back up that you can't find work using your associates degree. It's better to apply and get denied, and then appeal, then to have never applied at all.
  2. by   gere7404
    I know this topic is kinda dead but I'm dragging it back to the top. I've got my first appointment with the counselor tomorrow. I applied and was accepted two years ago but then got a job with a VA which satisfies the program.

    fast forward and the unit I am working in was changed from an infirmary to a level 3 mental health unit with no training in mental health. My PTSD symptoms which were under control are back from the stress of dealing with such high acuity behavioral issues, and my migraines and IBS are flaring up to where I'm missing tons of work from the stress and I've been diagnosed with really bad hypertension.

    I was was hired back before the VA required CNA licensing but now that they do, I can't apply for jobs outside my unit because I don't meet the qualifications. I'm trying to convince the VRC that my job is unsuitable employment and help pay for the BSN program I start Thursday.

    hopefully he agrees that my current position is unsuitable and gaining licensure as an RN will give me more flexibility and time off as a title 38 employee. I guess I'll see tomorrow!
  3. by   gere7404
    I had 11 months of Post 9/11 GI bill left, got approved for the entirety of my BSN program to be paid for by Chapter 31. Beyond stoked.
  4. by   DevilDogBSN
    Great Post, I have my first meeting with my VA counselor coming up next week. I picked the School but want to be prepared for the meeting so that I have enough ammunition to be accepted. What should I go in with?
  5. by   gere7404
    Big thing to consider: is your service connection related to any musculoskeletal injuries? Your counselor won't likely approve nursing as a rehabilitation goal if you've got a bad back or knees.

    It was also easier to get approved with an acceptance letter. My counselor said he's reluctant to approve nursing programs because most of the veterans couldn't get accepted after completing prereqs.

    Things you will want to bring with you to your meeting next week:

    • Current resume
    • College transcripts
    • College acceptance letter (if you have one)
    • Take and print the results of the O*Net interest test located: O*NET Interest Profiler at My Next Move
    • O*Net and bls.gov information for three jobs you are interested in (I picked MD, PA, BSN, which were supported by my O*Net aptitude results -- I wanted RN and was already accepted to a BSN program, so I made my other choices fantastical and unrealistic, so the nursing program looked most cost effective than my other goals from the counselors POV)
    • Local job listings for those jobs (at least 3 for each)
    • Schools nearby that offer those programs, and the entry requirements of each


    Be prepared to watch an hour or so long video and to take several aptitude and logic tests. Good luck!
    Last edit by gere7404 on Mar 31
  6. by   jmtravers3
    Quote from AA012
    UPDATE: Hey all. Long time, no talk. Proud to say that chapter 31 Voc Rehab has paid 24 months of my education so far. I have my Associates and am working on my BSN. I'm applying to grad school now, so I'll be more involved on the forum if anyone has questions.
    I was seated in a BSN program and was wondering if I could get some information from you guys about how you used your Chapter 31? I currently am using my Chap 33 for a community college to finish my nursing program pre-reqs this semester
  7. by   TrainMeRN
    I'm not sure if you're still active in this site. I just joined this allnurses.com and I'm a disabled veteran. I would like to know how you fared with your schooling. I'm interested in utilizing Voc Rehab to get a Nurse Practioner degree. Could you give me some feedback? Thanks.

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