Moving from RN to ARNP with the VA?

  1. Hi,

    I'm a newly graduated BSN-RN. It is my hope to one day work for the VA as an ARNP. My question is, is it smarter for me to work as a VA nurse for a few years and eventually move to an NP position, or should I not even apply until I get my NP degree? In other words, does the VA prefer to "hire from within" or am I better off not even accessing the system until I'm where I want to be permanently?

    Thanks for the insight.....
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