Well, I probably cannot help much because I'm only a nursing student. Though, I did one of my med-surg clinicals at a VA near my school. For this clinical we went to the med-surg unit (obviously), the ED, and the ICU. All I have to say is that it is a lot slower than regular hospitals bc they only have a very limited and specific population there. There were patients here, but not as many and not as critical (even in the ICU!). One of the nurse recruiters came to speak to us, and from what I can remember the benefits are supreme and days off were numerous! I think that's one of the main reasons people decide to work at VA hospitals.