Advice -New Veterans Hospital in Orlando , Florida (2012)

  1. They are opening a New VA hospital in the Lake Nona area in 2012 and I would love to work there when I gratuate from NS. Hopefully I will be a new grad when they open and I was think about ways I could increase my chances of getting in and gaining some experience at the same time. I have thought about my plan of action and would like any input or advice.

    1. Pursue volunteer services this summer at the current VA hospital in Orlando. I viewed their website and didn't see much information regarding volunteer work. Does anyone know if they use voluteers, specifically in the Nurses unit.
    2. Work as a CNA at the VA during Nursing School. I hope to be accepted fall 2010. I hope to increase my chances of getting employed if I am volunteering at the hospital
    3. Finally working as a RN at the new facility.
    I hear it's very hard to get employeed with the VA if you don't have any connections, not sure if that's true or not , however, I was wondering if my plan of action is reasonable. Needless to say working as a volunteer and CNA will give me a lot of great and valuable experience in the field. I have a lot of volunteer experience working in TLC in New York. Does any one have any suggestions or contacts to get in as a Volunteer?
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  3. by   just_cause
    I wanted info on my local VA's volunteer POC.. and just drove down there and spoke with a few people whom pointed me in the right direction.
    Sounds like a reasonable plan to me!
  4. by   rholman
    Quote from just_cause
    I wanted info on my local VA's volunteer POC.. and just drove down there and spoke with a few people whom pointed me in the right direction.
    Sounds like a reasonable plan to me!

    Thanks for replying, if you don't mind sharing, where are you from and what information did they give you. I am going to call the VA tomorrow and try and get some info on the phone. If not I will have to take a long lunch break one day this week and stop by the hospital.
  5. by   nursemel09
    After your first adult med-surg clinical, you can apply for the VA Valor program if it's available in your area. It is a paid internship at a VA hospital. You can work up to 400 hours over a 10 week period under a nursing preceptor. A few of the girls in my class took this opportunity and now have job offers at their respective VA facilities. Hope this helps!
  6. by   rholman
    Quote from nursemel09
    After your first adult med-surg clinical, you can apply for the VA Valor program if it's available in your area. It is a paid internship at a VA hospital. You can work up to 400 hours over a 10 week period under a nursing preceptor. A few of the girls in my class took this opportunity and now have job offers at their respective VA facilities. Hope this helps!
    Good Morning,

    Thanks for the reply, I will inquire about that as well.

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