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trying to get my first RN position at the VA and i need help!

cmbax cmbax (New) New

Hello people. It's basically my goal in life to work at a VA or on a military base as an RN! I just recently graduated and I took the NCLEX (just waiting on the results, but I got the "good" popup..). I am trying to find a position at the VA. I have applied to several new grad positions. And RN positions (though I keep getting rejected as I don't have a license yet, which I anticipate will continue to happen until I can check that box, but the BRN is taking forever). I have no problem with moving across the country (currently in CA). All the VA nurses I have talked to, just say to be patient and keep applying. Which would be fine if I wasn't dangerously close to being flat broke. Does anyone have any pointers on speeding up the process? Or getting an interview? I have tried contacting HR people directly, but has not gotten me far... I'm just feeling a little discouraged from the rejection letters, and hearing that getting hired with the VA takes a long time.

Try a north Dakota VA hospital :-) gradation nursing school there and jobs are open everywhere! They're practically begging to hire people!


Specializes in Nasty sammiches and Dilaudid.

The pace of the VA doing ANYTHING, especially with HR stuff, makes glaciers look mind-blowingly fast so if you need a job in a hurry, the VA isn't where you want to be...

thanks!! i'll definitely look at that state.

and chohiba, yeah that's what i hear. but i feel bad applying for jobs at other hospitals when i have no intention of staying there.. but you may be right.

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