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Has 4 years experience.

HI, everyone does anyone have any experience of working as ambulatory lvn in a VA clinic? Right now I have a job in office as a Director of staff development in long term care and the pay is okay and benefits are not that great, I have my RN school complete just awaiting to retake my exam. Does anyone have any insight on the VA clinic and what is there to offer and what would you do? I am lost in between all this right now.

tt2323, BSN

Specializes in Primary Care/ Trauma. Has 12 years experience.

Is this a PACT position you are referring to? If so I have a lot of experience and can offer some insight. Let me know.

H to the R dizzle

Has 4 years experience.

Yes and now I’m so much in dilemma because my current job I have a office job and it’s a DSD director of staff development job offer with same pay but benefits I know are better at VA, m so lost what to do! All your info will be much appreciated!! The DSD is pretty much a teacher and al that so it is a stress... they did offer part of pact at VA

tt2323, BSN

Specializes in Primary Care/ Trauma. Has 12 years experience.

So as a PACT LVN you’ll be working with a panel of patients (800-1200) your on a team with a provider, RN, and clerical person. As the LVN you basically room the patients that check in for there provider appts. Depending on how COVID affected things where you’d be working you could have up to 12 patients per day. Room the patients.. get vitals and do clinical reminders. Clinical reminders are something we do in primary care. Examples are smoking history, if they drink, depression screening etc etc. A lot of immunizations.

Most PACT teams have their own team room in addition to exam rooms. This seems like a much different position then the director position you are referring to. Any other specific questions let me know! Good luck !

H to the R dizzle

Has 4 years experience.

Thank you for the information I am not just sure what to do, I like my job hours here 630-3 the benefits r not that great or time off but I have flexibility to ask for that.... I am not sure what to do... this job has stress as well

JENFKB, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Nursing Informatics, Home Health, Telehealth.

Go with VA! Even if your first job within the VA is not what you want it to be it's good to get your foot in the door now. There are many new positions that are going hybrid or full time remote. I have been with the VA for 7+ years and am working in Home Based Primary Care (half remote and half patient care). Hope this helps!

DEADPOOH, RN

Has 3 years experience.

Hi JENFKB,

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DEADPOOH, RN

Has 3 years experience.

On 9/15/2020 at 4:42 PM, JENFKB said:

Go with VA! Even if your first job within the VA is not what you want it to be it's good to get your foot in the door now. There are many new positions that are going hybrid or full time remote. I have been with the VA for 7+ years and am working in Home Based Primary Care (half remote and half patient care). Hope this helps!

Hi JENFKB,
I applied to a VA PACT RN position a couple days ago - the position hasn't closed yet.   
But I'm wondering, since you have experience with the VA, what is the process like getting hired?    
This is the first time I've applied to the VA and I really want this position.
I also am a veteran myself - so I 'claimed' veterans' preference points and provided them the proof (my DD214).    

I'm wondering what you think my chances might be of getting an interview or getting hired?           I know it varies from state to state.    

I have 2 years of RN experience: 1 yr in a Peds OR and 1 yr in home care.
 

Thank you so much!! Stay safe!

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JENFKB, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Nursing Informatics, Home Health, Telehealth.

I think you have a very good likelihood of at least getting an interview! Make sure to study Performance Based Interview (PBI) questions as these will be the bulk of the interview. The process is long, so definitely keep your current job.

DEADPOOH, RN

Has 3 years experience.

OK thank you! Will definitely be preparing then.

How many PBI questions might they ask?

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JENFKB, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Nursing Informatics, Home Health, Telehealth.

They usually ask 6-8 PBI questions, from my experience! But as they say, all VAs are different!

On 7/30/2020 at 6:54 AM, tt2323 said:

So as a PACT LVN you’ll be working with a panel of patients (800-1200) your on a team with a provider, RN, and clerical person. As the LVN you basically room the patients that check in for there provider appts. Depending on how COVID affected things where you’d be working you could have up to 12 patients per day. Room the patients.. get vitals and do clinical reminders. Clinical reminders are something we do in primary care. Examples are smoking history, if they drink, depression screening etc etc. A lot of immunizations.

Most PACT teams have their own team room in addition to exam rooms. This seems like a much different position then the director position you are referring to. Any other specific questions let me know! Good luck !

How do you find these jobs online?

tt2323, BSN

Specializes in Primary Care/ Trauma. Has 12 years experience.

Usajobs is the only way!

On 9/28/2020 at 6:52 AM, JENFKB said:

I think you have a very good likelihood of at least getting an interview! Make sure to study Performance Based Interview (PBI) questions as these will be the bulk of the interview. The process is long, so definitely keep your current job.

Hi.. JENFKB,

 

I came across to apply for VA ambulatory care in grater LA, would love east La location. I would like to find out how is the ambulatory schedule, and responsibilities. And how is my chance to get in? 
I have 7 months working experience in medical surgical in private community hsptl at East LA. And 8 months and still counting working at county medical center-GI lab (which I love the schedule and patient population). Currently, temporarily being floated to med surg floor for COVID-19 surge. 

I will complete my BSN by next month and thinking to expanding my nursing career at VA. My understanding that VA nursing job is very competitive, I don’t know if I even qualify with less than 2 yrs experience. 
any advice will be appreciated. 

JENFKB, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Nursing Informatics, Home Health, Telehealth.

7 hours ago, mery_ay said:

Hi.. JENFKB,

 

I came across to apply for VA ambulatory care in grater LA, would love east La location. I would like to find out how is the ambulatory schedule, and responsibilities. And how is my chance to get in? 
I have 7 months working experience in medical surgical in private community hsptl at East LA. And 8 months and still counting working at county medical center-GI lab (which I love the schedule and patient population). Currently, temporarily being floated to med surg floor for COVID-19 surge. 

I will complete my BSN by next month and thinking to expanding my nursing career at VA. My understanding that VA nursing job is very competitive, I don’t know if I even qualify with less than 2 yrs experience. 
any advice will be appreciated. 

I got into the VA as a new nurse, so it is possible! I think you have a great chance to get it especially having your BSN vs ADN. Working for the VA is the best! Good luck!

Hi.. JENFKB,

thank you for responding. You gave me hope.

 

Happy New Year.

 

Mery