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    VA hiring process 2020

    https://www.vacareers.VA.gov/Benefits/EmploymentBenefits/ That website outlines the benefits offered to employees. usajobs.gov is where you will find the job listings and are able to put in an application.
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    VA hiring process 2020

    What questions do you have? You may get the answers from some of those already employed in the system through this forum!
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    Nurse Practitioner Role at VA

    Thanks so much for that information!!
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    Nurse Practitioner Role at VA

    So I've been scouring this site as I'm in the process of onboarding with the local VA for a psych NP position. I've actually been a FNP for 6 years and became dual certified with the PMHNP certification in 2018. I'm currently a university system employee so it was free and I had always been intrigued by the psychiatric patient population. Long story short, I've decided to leave my current job due to the drastic changes by a new administrator which has turned the workplace into a hostile work environment. Due to Covid theres not many places hiring. I applied to the VA on a whim and actually thought I'd bombed the Skype interview. Apparently I didn't do as bad as I thought LOL. I've been working in a correctional institution for the past 6 years. I'm leaving with about 4 more years before I'd be vested in the retirement plan and entitled to the 20% of my pay as pension at age 60. I plan to eventually come back to the system to finish those 4 years out, I'm only 30 and didn't feel I needed to stay 4 more years in the hostile environment on the gamble of making it to age 60 LOL. So I'd really like to hear the perspective of what it's like working in the VA system from an NP standpoint. I've already been schooled to try to be boarded as a Nurse III. I've read the countless posts about the process even the 1000+ responses on the original VA hiring process post. I saw some NPs chime in but havent seen any posts regarding the work environment. Are there major differences in working in the VAMC vs the civilian world? How is the charting system and patient scheduling? Was the pay competitive? Are the benefits worth staying long term? Years ago, I heard many nurses left after the changes to the retirement plan. From what I gather the FERS retirement plan accumulates like 1% of pay per year so at 10 years you'd be entitled to 10% of your pay at age 60 with 1% for each additional year. Because of my age, I'm not too concerned about that as my plan is to get back into the university system to secure my 2% per year accrual. I do want to stay long enough to be vested with the VA. Anyway please share your thoughts and opinions! I really hope to get some responses in here. I was going to post in the NP forum but felt the post would just be moved by a moderator due to the subject matter.
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    VA hiring process 2020

    Just an update: I now know why there can be a delay in the hiring process with the VA. I ended up adding 4 jobs to my VetPro today. As stated above a short lived RN job that lasted 5-6 weeks in 2012. Also a practice that is now closed, my first NP job for all of 10 weeks in 2014. When I started my current job, they brought me on through an agency temporarily to get training while my hospital credentialing was processing, I added those 8 weeks worth of work. And finally a 1099 home risk assessment job which was PRN and ended about 5 months after I started due to obamacare changes. When I spoke with my credentialing specialist, she stated she was "mailing" out my employment verification forms. I thought this was rather odd as all my references were emailed on yesterday requesting the reference form be completed by today. I don't understand what's the rush on reference forms but not on employment verification. Anywho, I have resolved that this process may take quite some time if we're awaiting return of mailed forms. After a couple hours of trying to reach the home risk assessment company, I finally got through to someone who stated a mailed form probably would sit at the office awhile as many of them were working from home due to COVID. I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the ride cause it seems I'm in for quite the wait. I'm halfway pissed they didn't do it expedited as it was first stated to me, but everything happens for a reason.
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    VA hiring process 2020

    I was too quick on the draw today with filling out vetpro information. Certain jobs I never listed on my resume. One job, I was there one month as staff RN back in 2012. The other was my first NP position at a local practice that had recently just started. It was a mess to include checks being late and a crooked physician who was only trying to use the practice as a cash cow. I jumped ship 2 months after starting my employment, about 2 months after that the practice was closed. I held a health risk assessment NP job as a 1099 contractor, I cant even remember the dates of employment. I did it on a PRN basis. Perhaps I'm making it a big deal but I'm about to contact the credentialing specialist via email and ask if I need to add these jobs even if I don't have the contact information for the NP jobs.
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    VA hiring process 2020

    Interestingly enough, I was going to post a question last weekend asking about how long it would take to hear back from the VA. I thought I was being a bit panicked for no reason so I didn't. Today I got the call with a tentative offer for a psych NP position!! My journey was a bit crazy to say the least. April 24- completed application April 27 and May 5th- email sent requesting virtual interview. I did not see the emails due to the generic subject line that looked like an agency advertisement. "NP opportunities in city, state" was what it said. I was anticipating a phone call. June 8th- when I first saw the emails and panicked calling the department head to explain the error. He stated he'd put my.name back in the "stack" and I thought my chances were blown June 17th- virtual interview request sent again June 19th- Skype panel interview which I felt I totally bombed. Performance based questions asked July 1st- state medical director calls me saying he gave a reference and that I have the job. I don't believe him of course. July 17- received call from hiring manager and am given the tentative offer via phone with an electronic offer to follow. I accepted of course. And I called the state medical director back letting him know and asked how he knew, he said the hiring manager told him when she asked for the reference. Wish I'd asked that on July 1st LOL Apparently I'm supposed to be going through the expedited process and the hiring manager is aware that I have to do a 30 day notice at my current job, I feel like I'm going to be very busy the next couple of weeks with the paperwork the VA reuqires.
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    Bullying / Hostile Work Environment

    It's the nature of this beast that is demanding me to clock in/out. She sent me an email with a breakdown of my "time". I was getting 9 hours 45 mins and 9 hours 37 mins. I asked her was she taking into the account that the time clock that they require me to use is inside the building in which I have to go through 4 gates to get into. She's petty and nitpicking. I highly doubt she would go for the phone idea. She wants to be in control. I dont understand it but sometimes people have little control at home so they overcompensate at work. At least that's been my experience.
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    Bullying / Hostile Work Environment

    Thanks so much for your replies! Today I went to the GI clinic and met with the medical chief there. He basically offered me a NP position. This would be a lateral move within the company and take me out of the prison completely. He wants to basically have me start in the clinic when I'm cleared to return to work after my medical procedure. I won't lose my base pay or benefits. I'm really considering it. There's also a primary care position in my hometown that I was approached about today as well. Thanks for the encouragement to move on, after reading your replies and consulting with close friends, I've realized that the environment at the prison is definitely toxic.
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    Bullying / Hostile Work Environment

    You're correct in more ways than one. I feel my supervisor has had it out for me since I stood my ground about wanting more pay when they added a whole new clinic outside my current specialty to my plate. Right now I'm making more than the advanced practice providers at the prison. It just feels like you get the short end of the stick when you win at negotiating. He made the comment that I was clocking in so the prison could see if they were "getting their money's worth" and that's where I drew the line and quit. Of course it was later rescinded but I made that decision based on the fact that I had 300+ hours of unused sick time and there is a procedure I wanted to have while I'm still under the insurance. I have a meeting this week with an outpatient clinic at the actual hospital, but I feel they would just decrease my pay if I moved laterally so I doubt I'll take it. In the end, I feel this is just a wake up call to get out of the southeast region. The doctors I work alongside are awesome but it's clear the same respect given to doctors is not shown to the APPs. When the prison supervisor came to my office to request I audit charts she stated the medical director was asking this of me. When I inquired why the medical director did not come to ask in person, she told me that she was "busy" as if I was not worthy of the doctor's time. I'd been forewarned previously to document all as the prison administrator was known for lying and this was by someone above her. I agree, this is grade school drama at its finest. My only regret is that I am not vested into their pension plan, which is the best in the state, but I cant wait 5 more years for that to happen!
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    Bullying / Hostile Work Environment

    Thanks so much for your reply!! To answer your first question, no there is no one at the prison who is truly my supervisor. The biggest issue is that the administrator at the hospital actually knows the prison administrator, they have a friendship that was established before she became the prison administrator. My administrator has no backbone but is supposed to have my back. I've put my complaints in writing via an email to my administrator but plan on going past him should this continue. At this point, I think they are grasping for straws even with the clocking system. My patient care has been excellent and I've never been written up. I'm going to draw the line and if I decide to leave, it will be on my own terms.
  12. I've worked at my current job as a FNP for the past 4.5 years. I work in the correctional setting but through a federally funded program. My supervisors are located outside of the prison at the teaching hospital which actually employs me. There is a new administrator at the medical prison who definitely tries to micro manage everything. Unfortunately it's a bad case of nepotism. Someone she was friends with moved up and over to the correctional setting and then promptly moved her up as well despite the fact she had no correctional health experience and she was over a practice not a whole prison hospital. My clinic is funded federally for inmate care, but I am not an employee of the prison system. I work for the infectious disease department at the local teaching hospital but the clinic is located in the prison. I work 10 hour shifts monday through Thursday which is the usual shift for the department of corrections providers in the state. Inmates are not transported on fridays and I see inmates from all over the state. It's never been a problem but of course the prison administrator wanted to change that once she found out. She stated I could help the prison out by "auditing" charts of the inmates who have been hospitalized since I had hospital access. I explained to her that this was very illegal as I had no part of the inmates care plus I'm not even a prison provider so I wouldn't know what policies/protocols they'd have in place. She now has requested I clock in/out despite being an exempt employee. I went to HR but they're saying someone else who is salaried does it so it's not discrimination or harrassment. The administrator over me at the hospital is a good friend of hers as well and is not having my back at all. My supervising physician and the department chief physician do have my back and have even threatened not to send anymore staff out to the prison should I leave. They begged me not to leave so I rescinded my 30 day notice which I placed after an unprofessional altercation by the prison administrator. I started clocking in/out because my administration told me to do it and things would settle down. They haven't!!! The lady actually is sending me the tallies of my clockings. I work in a correctional institution and we have to pass through security points prior to getting to the time clock. I have to be buzzed in through at least 4 gates/doors which takes 15 to 20 mins to get through due to the influx of employees at that time. She sent me an email stating I had "9 hours 37 mins" one day and I just feel shes using this to have a reason to continue legally harassing me. I am salaried and she does not even sign my time or approve my days off. I know her whole reason for requesting I clock is because she wanted to have that small form of control. 50+ employees have left the prison since she started including 3 out of the 4 NPs/PAs they had. I feel she wants me to assist with where the prison is lacking but that's not my problem. My company rents space in the prison but we are not under the prison in any way. I dont get it. I dont feel like I'm going to be fired, I just feel shes using hostile tactics to get me to quit. What do I do?
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    FNP to PMHNP

    I am currently finishing up a post-master's certificate for Psych NP and am currently a FNP. You still have to obtain at least 500 clinical hours to sit for the Psych NP board. The only courses I added were Neuro Patho/Phys, Psych Foundations course, Psych I+II, and now a psych practicum course (basically the externship). Of course the courses may have different names at a different institution. We have covered Peds/Geriatric considerations in every course so there is no separate course for those in my program. This may differ from others as the Psych NP certification is still one that covers the entire lifespan.
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    Has anyone ever done a post masters?

    I am in the process of completing the Psych NP program in May 2018. I have been a FNP since 2014. I have a colleague who is a ACNP and he talks about going back for his FNP at some point in time. Unfortunately the ACNP knocked him out of the running for urgent care or emergency room due to it being adult only. I'm confused as to the why the ACNP has not expanded to education about the whole lifespan instead of just adult and geriatrics. Of course I still work in a State which does not enforce practicing only within your specialty.
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    Jobless FNP

    I've definitely been where you have been and I can definitely feel your frustrations. I think the advice being offered so far about being weary of a clinic which would require you to see 40+ patients per day is valid. I did not see if you were currently working as an RN but since Las Vegas is a new area for you I would suggest you do and network while you are working. My experience has been its not what you know but who you know. I went on several interviews and kept getting rejected due to being a new graduate. I was still working as a RN and was on the cusp of taking a break from searching for NP positions when one of my co-workers stepped in. We were both PRN employees and I simply had a conversation with him about my desolate situation. He turned out to be a director of nursing at a local prison and knew of a position that desperately needed filling by a FNP. I never in a million years thought I would in up in corrections but I love my job. It has great benefits and a great salary for the southeast region. In my experience these past three years in corrections, there is always needs for NPs in this area. Even if that is not somewhere you want to go, I encourage you to network. There are many conferences in Las Vegas every year for CMEs. If I was in the position to relocate, then I would definitely use any opportunity to network. If you do currently work as a RN ask the doctors about any colleagues who may be looking for a NP. I still moonlight as a RN on the weekends while I'm finishing up a post-master's Psych NP program. Just the other day, a doctor asked me if I knew any NPs as he was looking to hire some for his urgent care center. I'm sure you have put in a lot of work and I understand how mentally exhausting this process can be, but do not give up. I have recruiters still emailing me everyday about positions in other states and I stopped searching for positions years ago. A lot of these positions accept new grads as well! Good luck to you!
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    Negotiate or walk?

    I am so sorry that I did not update this post, I always hate when people leave posts unresolved. So to update, I am still at my job. Standing my ground worked for me and I was fully prepared to walk. I received a salary increase of a little over 10k and I am paid the $75/hr when I work the clinic. My advice to anyone during salary negotiations is BE PREPARED FOR A BATTLE. If your salary is inadequate then stand up for yourself. Do not let anyone at a job bully you into working for less than you're worth just to say you have a job. Always have a back up plan for your back up plan. I always maintain a PRN position so that bills can be paid should I ever have to leave a job. Don't be greedy but if you feel you are undervalued, research your current experience, current pay, and current job duties comparing them to similar positions in your area. Unless you are trying to build up your resume, do not start new job duties without proper compensation. I kept my poker face the entire time and I called their bluff, it worked for me!!!!! Thanks to all who offered advice.
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