What EMAR charting software does VA use?

  1. anyone know what EMAR charting software does the VA use? specifically Bay Pines, but I guess they may all be the same.
    Thanks!
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  3. by   BrendaH84
    well I was about to prepare for an interview with the VA. After reading about all the bureaucracy, I'm pretty sure I will cancel my interview, especially since I like where I work fairly well.
  4. by   jfratian
    Just to answer the question: The VA uses their own custom in-house developed software. No one else, including the military or civilian DOD employees, uses it. The VA recently announced that they will eventually acquire Cerner's EHR suite to keep in line with the military and DOD. I have no idea what the timetable on that is.
  5. by   BrendaH84
    thank you!!! also i keep reading about the great retirement benefits. what are they? most large companies match IRA contributions at 6%, and i have good health insurance. also only a VET working at the VA gets a pension in 2018, so what is good about retirement benefits an R.N. who is not a former military person? I have an interview tomorrow, but i am thinking about cancelling it, cuz actually i like my current job and i make 34.25 an hour now
  6. by   mandasueRN
    You are incorrect about VA employee benefits-as a VA employee, you are eligible for the Federal Employees Retirement System, known as FERS. Like other government employees, you get a pension after working the required # of years. You are also eligible to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which is a 401K. The government matches up to 5%. Pay is difficult to predict in the VA system, as it isn't as clear as the GS pay scale, but it is generally competitive with civilian hospitals. You will never get retirement benefits working in the civilian sector like you will working in federal service-but you will also have to be willing to put up with a lot of BS sometimes in order to make it to retirement.
  7. by   mandasueRN
    Also, the VA's EHR is called VistA. OP is correct, it's only used at the VA. DoD currently has their own systems. The VA will eventually implement a version of the Cerner product developed for DoD known as MHS Genesis. It will be another 10+ years before it's fully deployed.

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