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The VA way


Has 16 years experience.

Well let me tell you what happened to me.I am an lpn of 16 years. I have been at the VA in my area for the last 3 years. I hired on as a "health tech" working in Audiology.I took the position to get my foot in the door so I could move up the career ladder or hire as an lpn in one of their clinics. I was interviewed for a position, in which I did not get. I was told I was ineligible because I am not working as an lpn and could not be considered for in-house Nursing Jobs. I have to wait until they are posted on USAJOBS to the public, which will never happen because they are given to in-house employee's, at 99% of them.So if I want to work at the VA as nurse I have to start from scratch and start over on the floor again, which I paid my dues already for half of my career doing

. This system is so discouraging and I just wanted to give warning to anyone who had the same idea as me.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Yep - governmental agency = bureaucracy. Ironclad rules and regulations with tons of people whose only job is to create even more regulations. It's a wonder anything gets done.

I just want you to know we understand your frustration.