Only your active duty time will count for seniority and retirement. For the retirement you must make a "military deposit" to buy that time. Your HR department should be able to help you with that or do search at DFAS. As far as AL (vacation) all title 38 nurses in the VA start out at the max AL time of 8 hours per pay.
I am not saying the staff is limited because staff they are not available but because there is only few rooms running over the weekend. Most OR's do not do scheduled cases on the weekend and if they do it is a limited number compared to Mon-Fri schedule.
jeckrn replied to SheriffLauren's topic in Government
Step increases are generally every 2 years. Remember there also is an across the board raise almost every year. This means that you can receive 2 pay raises in 1 year. How long have you been a nurse and at the VA? From what I have seen by wages for RN's in the federal government is that the wages are lower for newer nurses but higher than the local hospitals for RN's after time. You also need to look at benefits and working conditions.
jeckrn replied to SwimNurse10's topic in Government
For your answers you need to contact a Healthcare Recruiter from each service to see which one is best for you. All initial contracts are for 8 years no matter if its active or reserves. Each service has their own active/reserve time. ie 3 active/5 reserves. Reserves can also be done in the IRR which is non-drilling reserves.
I think the only position that peri-op nurses rule is being reduced is in the FST. There are many changes going on with the Combat Support Hospitals which FST's fall under. I work at a Army hospital right now and there is nothing about reducing the number of peri-op nurses other than the FST role.
What part of Lake Erie did you grow up at? From WNY myself.
There is a reason why they are losing experienced nurses and unable to recruit experienced ones. Can imagine pay is on the low side there. What does your contract say with the travel company and the hospital about being preceptors?