Hopefully to revive a long silent topic and with the same issues on promotion for nurses in the Dept of Veterans Affairs.
I've worked at the Long Beach VA since July of 2011. While there, I've gotten my BSN, and now I'm currently working on my MSN and FNP. Before starting at the VA, I've had experience working as a telemetry nurse for 2 years. I'm a hard worker and the patients and my coworkers attest to that. However, several nurses that I started with, who were fresh out of BSN nursing school with no experience, are now Nurse IIs and Nurse IIIs. We have Nurse IIs with two year degrees as well.
What my nurse manager, who has no clue how to be a nurse manager, keeps telling me is that I have to come up with some BS performance improvement project for the ward, that has to have measurable outcomes (percentage change), and is evidenced based. And then, I have to write my own performance evaluation, and I write it honestly (which doesn't get you promoted). And then, once a year, my evaluation goes before some stupid board that decides whether you move up a grade, or stay at your current grade. It seems to me, providing the best patient care isn't rewarded. Only those who spend time working on projects ( which tend to be the younger, single people without kids), or who are all buddy buddy with the nurse managers, are the ones that get promoted. I've noticed that a lot of PI projects are just rehashes of previous PIs that were done.
I'm kind of fed up with working at the VA, even if it is guaranteed employment for life. The work culture is stagnant and promotions are based more on favoritism than on hard work. As what was posted in the OP posts.
I bet that when finish my MSN and get my FNP license, I still won't be considered for Nurse II. And according to HR, the VA won't hire NPs without at least 1 years experience. And even if I do work part time for a year as an NP and apply for the job, I will be brought on as a NP at the Nurse I level since I haven't been boarded for Nurse II. NPs that come from external applications are hired on a Nurse IIIs.
Ok, I'm done with my rant. I have midterms for my MSN coming up this weekend I need to be studying for.