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VA – The career you want, the future you deserve
The B e s T C a r e
VA – Keeping the Promise to Those Who Served Nurses as leaders: At the forefront of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
movement, VA employs CNLs who serve as the point person on patient
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the largest,
care teams. VA supports nurses pursuing advanced degrees in this
most technologically advanced health care systems in the United
specialty by offering scholarship opportunities. VA nurses can also
States. Our employees work at 154 medical centers, 875
further their careers as nurse executives, nurse educators, or in other
ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 136 nursing
leadership roles through a variety of nursing leadership programs,
homes, and many other facilities, such as domiciliaries and
including the Nurse Manager Core Curriculum, Nurse Executive
readjustment counseling centers. More than a century ago,
Rotation, and the Nurse Executive Leadership Program.
President Lincoln made a promise to America’s servicemen and
women, pledging the care and concern of a grateful Nation for Nurses as innovators: VA nurses are encouraged to pursue their ideas
the sacrifices they made to preserve freedom. Since 1930, VA’s for improving patient care and patient safety. VA’s most rapidly
mission has been to keep that promise. adopted technology, its Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA)
system, was suggested by a VA nurse. Additionally, VA nurses have
received awards and recognition from the VA Office of Nursing
The B e s T C a r e e rs Services, the Joint Commission and National Quality Forum, the
VA and Nursing American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Credentialing
Center for their innovations in chronic pain management, spinal cord
As the Nation’s largest employer of nurses, VA offers the best range
injuries, wheelchair safety, and reducing falls.
of practice settings and opportunities. Whether you choose a position
in a VA hospital, clinic, nursing home, or other facility, you will be a Nurses as researchers: As one of the largest research organizations in
vital member of our interdisciplinary patient care team framework. the U.S., VA offers funded research opportunities to nurses and
And you will have an ability that is unmatched in the private sector to clinicians. This research aims to improve patient safety, evaluate care
change nursing roles and pursue advancement opportunities delivery models and nursing systems of care, and determine how best
throughout your career. to use these delivery models to implement evidence-based practices.
Nurses as providers: First and foremost, VA nurses are care providers.
From the bedside to case management, our nurses are responsible for Consider a career at VA. In return for your hard work and
ensuring that our patients receive the best treatment possible. The commitment, VA offers its nurses unrivaled scholarship and
work is challenging as veterans often require complex care. Today’s continuing education programs, competitive salaries, first-rate
veterans include a whole new population of patients who are facing employment benefits, ample paid leave, and nationwide job
polytraumatic injuries that will require care for the rest of their lives. transfer opportunities.
T HE B EST O P P OR T U N IT IE S
Nurses are essential to VA’s ongoing ability to provide the best care to
our Nation’s veterans. VA nurses have the opportunity to work in the
Did you know that VA:
• Is the largest employer of nurses in the Nation, with more than
61,000 RNs, LPNs/LVNs, and nursing assistants.
• Direct patient care • Informatics • Provides clinical rotations to one out of every four professional
• Acute care med/surg • Administration nurses in the U.S. through affiliations with nursing schools.
• Ambulatory care • Research
• Critical care • Recently hired more than 100 nurses from the VA Learning
• Education Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program.
• Emergency care
• Mental health • Teaching
• Serves a population of more than 7.8 million veterans, providing
• Polytrauma • Health systems
management inpatient care to about 600,000 veterans and managing more than
• Specialty services 57 million outpatient visits each year.
• Treats 70 percent of veteran patients for obesity and one out of five
T HE B EST S y S T E m for diabetes. That’s why VA is committed to battling these twin
threats with the “Healthier U.S. Veterans” program, many
VA fosters a culture of safety for both patients and its nursing staff. components of which are coordinated by VA nurses.
It does so through a range of initiatives:
• Has facilities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.
• The VA Nursing Outcomes Database (VANOD) Program is building
• Provides medical care backup to military hospitals during national
a national database of nursing-sensitive indicators to support
emergencies, and operates command centers to coordinate services
strategic decision making through benchmarking for all care
through the National Disaster Medical Service during major disasters.
across the continuum.
• VA has embraced Magnet® principles across all sites of care and is
supporting the achievement of Magnet designation at VA facilities.
• The Safe Patient Handling and Movement Program is a top VA
initiative that focuses on preventing musculoskeletal injuries to
nursing staff. “I was active duty military throughout nursing school, and I knew
I wanted to work at VA after I graduated. My assignment to the cardiac
• VA has invested in the cutting-edge technology needed to support
step-down unit was intimidating at first, but my orientation was so
its nurses and the entire patient care team, including the Bar Coded great, I felt ready for the challenge. But my favorite thing about VA is
Medication Administration system, a computerized patient record the veterans. I don’t have to read about history, I hear it firsthand!”
system, wireless handheld connectivity, telehealth, and more.
— Laurence Wallace, RN
• Many VA facilities offer flexible work schedules, such as four, six,
or 12-hour tours.
“The VA health care system now offers what several surveys
show to be the best medical care in the country.”
National Committee for Quality Assurance
“VA outperforms America’s best private hospitals in all
17 performance criteria we measure.”
“VA provides the best care anywhere. Today, they’re producing the
highest quality care in the country ... [VA] points the way toward
solving America’s health care crisis.”
m OBIL IT y aNd L IcENSURE
Where can a nursing career at VA take you? How about anywhere you’d
like to live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
An employee may seek employment at any VA location where there is
a vacancy and, if hired, transfer without loss of benefits. Only one active,
unrestricted state license is required to practice in a VA facility in any of
the above locations.
RET IREm ENT
VA Nurses are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
FERS is a three-tier retirement plan composed of Social Security benefits,
FERS basic benefits, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Similar to the 401(k)
savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows
Benefits employees to tax defer up to a fixed dollar amount of their income each
year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. The
Federal Government also provides a basic contribution and matching,
VA’s mission is to provide the best possible care for America’s depending on the amount of the employee contribution. For retired military
veterans. In return for helping VA achieve this goal, VA offers personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or
extensive employment benefits. pension. Retirement health care insurance is also available.
LE av E a N d HOLId a yS L IaBIL IT y PROT EcT ION
• Full-time VA nurses earn 26 days of paid annual (vacation/personal) As Federal employees, VA nurses are protected by the Federal Government in
leave each year and may accumulate up to 85 days. Annual leave instances of alleged malpractice or negligence resulting from the performance
begins to accrue immediately and can be used as it is earned, with of their duties in or for the Veterans Health Administration of the
Department of Veterans Affairs. The United States Government accepts
• Nurses earn 13 days of sick leave each year with no limit on responsibility and liability for its employees’ negligent or wrongful acts or
accumulation. omissions during the exercise of their official duties. This applies when
• There are 10 paid annual Federal holidays. employees’ actions are in accord with the policies of the institution in
• The Family and Medical Leave Act and the Family Friendly Leave Act which they are practicing.
allow employees to balance their work and family lives by taking
reasonable amounts of leave for medical reasons, for the birth or awaRdS aNd HONORS
adoption/foster care of a child, and for the care of a child, spouse,
VA bestows both monetary and honorary recognition for superior
or parent who has a serious health problem.
performance, along with awards for special or unique achievements.
• The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program allows Federal employees Annual VA nursing award programs include the Secretary’s Award for
to donate annual leave for a medical emergency of an employee
Excellence in Nursing, the Secretary’s Award for Advancement of Nursing
or family member.
Programs, the Office of Nursing Services Innovation Awards, and National
• Military leave is authorized up to 15 days a year for active reservists Nursing Awards. In addition, substantial monetary rewards are available to
and National Guard members. nurses who participate in VA’s Employee Suggestion Program.
HE aL T H a N d LIf E INSU R a Nc E
addIT IONaL BENEfIT S
• VA offers a wide variety of health insurance plans with premiums
• Free parking at most facilities • Compensation for attaining
partially paid by the Federal Government. You may change plans yearly
• Smoke-free and drug-free national certification in practice
during open season.
workplace area (e.g., oncology nursing,
• VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, critical care, etc.)
• Child care at some facilities
which allow you to set aside tax-free dollars to pay for medical,
• Uniform allowance • Compensation for job-related
dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your
• Employee associations illness and injury
health insurance plan.
• Annual physical examination • Credit unions
• Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are • Dining facilities and retail store
• Employee wellness programs
available with the cost shared by the Federal Government.
• Fitness centers at some facilities • Public transit subsidies at some
• Long-term care insurance is available as an option. facilities
VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) – The VALOR
program allows outstanding students who have completed the final
semester or quarter of their junior year in an accredited baccalaureate
E d U c a T ION a L OP P OR T U NIT IE S nursing program to participate in a paid work experience with a
VA is committed to offering education opportunities throughout preceptor at an approved VA health care facility.
a nurse’s career, beginning when he or she is in school. These
Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) – The EDRP allows VA
opportunities are designed to enhance participating nurses’ knowledge
to provide education loan repayments for recently appointed health
and enable them to deliver better patient care. In addition to clinical
care professionals in designated critical or hard-to-fill positions. The
rotations for students and extensive orientation programs for all newly
education loan(s) must be for courses that led directly to qualifying for
hired nurses, VA offers in-service education courses, leadership courses,
the appointed position. This program covers a limited amount of principal
and National Employee Education Services courses. VA also leads the
and interest on debts over five years (subject to the availability of funding).
industry in providing educational assistance and incentive programs
that help nurses repay their loans and obtain advanced degrees. National Nursing Education Initiative (NNEI) – The NNEI scholarship
(All programs are subject to the availability of funding.) is awarded to permanent full- and part-time registered nurses who have
worked for VA for at least one year to cover tuition costs and related
educational expenses for courses in which they are currently enrolled.
Employee Incentive Scholarship Program (EISP) – This program
“I’m honored to have been a VALOR participant.
provides VA nurses with scholarships to further their education and
I cannot express the amount of knowledge,
obtain degrees qualifying them for health care positions for which
teamwork, and hands-on skills I accumulated
through the program. I was eager to apply here recruitment and retention is difficult.
after graduation and have loved being an Tuition Support Program – Employees in health care disciplines that
employee ever since. The dedication to patient have been identified as VA shortage categories may be eligible for
care makes every day a wonderful experience.”
funding to enroll in job-related courses, continuing education courses,
— Kristin Gunnell, RN and conferences.
Upward Mobility Training Programs – These programs offer, on a
competitive basis, opportunities to advance to higher-level positions.
Q UaL I f Ic a T ION S • VA offers premium pay to nurses for on-call, weekend, overtime,
and holiday duty. Nurses receive 10 percent of their base hourly
Minimum qualifications for appointment as a VA nurse are: pay rate for night shifts, 25 percent for weekends, 50 percent for
• U.S. Citizenship (non-citizens may be hired on a temporary basis overtime, and double pay for holidays.
when qualified citizens are not available)
• Nurses receive consideration for promotion to higher grades with
• Graduation from a state-approved and NLN/CCNE accredited school correspondingly higher salaries as experience requirements and
of professional nursing performance standards are met.
• Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate • Accelerated increases within each grade may be awarded for
professional nurse in a State, Commonwealth, or Territory (e.g., length of service, enhanced qualifications or assignment,
Puerto Rico) of the United States and in the District of Columbia specialized skills, professional achievements, or high levels of
• Successful professional record for experienced nurses
• Personal interview • Cash bonuses may be authorized for certification, exceptional job
performance, or exemplary job achievement.
• Satisfactory physical examination (may include drug screening)
• English language proficiency
“Despite the multitude of hospitals needing
S aL aR y I N f OR ma TION nurses, I chose to remain with VA. The work
environment is great, the benefits are good,
• VA nurses are compensated according to a Locality Pay System (LPS),
and, most of all, it’s very fulfilling and
in which salary ranges vary according to facility location. The LPS
ensures that they are paid competitive rates within each local labor rewarding to work with the veterans.”
market. Pay is reviewed periodically to ensure competitiveness with — Deloris A. Currie, RN
salary rates in effect in the local community.
• Starting salaries and pay grades are recommended by a Nurse
Professional Standards Board, and are based on the nature and
extent of professional education, training, and experience.
URbaN beat COaStaL LIVING the heaRtLaNd ChOICe
h O W TO aP P LY
VA can take you anywhere you want to live and health care facility where you desire employment
work. We have facilities in all 50 states, the District consideration. Information about VA nursing and
of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. So, whether application procedures may be obtained from any
you’re a confirmed urbanite, fond of the beach, VA facility.
or in search of peaceful Midwestern landscapes,
Employment information can also be obtained by
you can explore VA nursing opportunities.
contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs,
Because hiring decisions are made locally, you Placement Service, 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 1971,
should apply directly to the Nurse Recruiter or New Orleans, LA 70112. The toll-free number is
Human Resources Management Office at the VA 1-800-949-0002. Employment information and job
applications can also be found on the Internet at
“Working in the VA health care system has allowed me to travel
across the country and expand my horizons with ease. Since
1998, I have worked in both North Dakota and Texas, and have
not had to file for a new nursing license. VA scholarship monies,
leadership courses, and mentorship opportunities
also have enabled me to experience staff nursing,
mid-level management, and now unit/clinic
— Jami Petry, RN
va hEalTh CaRE FaCIlITIES
To gain a first-hand view of VA health care, you are invited and MISSISSIPPI NORTH DAKOTA TENNESSEE
Biloxi (39531) Fargo (58102) Memphis (38104)
encouraged to visit any of our VA Medical Centers or ambulatory 228-523-5000 701-232-3241 901-523-8990
and community-based outpatient clinics. Please call or write to Jackson (39216) Mountain Home (37684)
601-362-4471 OHIO 423-926-1171
arrange an appointment. Cincinnati (45220) Murfreesboro (37129)
MISSOURI 513-861-3100 615-867-6000
Telephone numbers are listed below for each medical center. Columbia (65201) Chillicothe (45601) Nashville (37212)
573-814-6000 740-773-1141 615-327-4751
Also, telephone numbers are listed for every VA facility in local
Kansas City (64128) Cleveland (44106)
telephone directories under “U.S. Government.” 816-861-4700 216-791-3800 TEXAS
Poplar Bluff (63901) Columbus (43203) Amarillo (79106)
You can also address correspondence to: 573-686-4151 614-257-5200 806-355-9703
St. Louis (63125) Dayton (45428) Big Spring (79720)
Human Resource Management Service, VA Medical Center, 314-652-4100 937-268-6511 432-263-7361
[City, State, ZIP Code] (listed below). Bonham (75418)
MONTANA OKLAHOMA 903-583-2111
Fort Harrison (59636) Muskogee (74401) Dallas (75216)
ALABAMA DELAWARE KANSAS 406-442-6410 918-683-3261 214-742-8387
Birmingham (35233) Wilmington (19805) Leavenworth (66048) Oklahoma City (73104) El Paso (79930)
205-933-8101 302-994-2511 913-682-2000 NEBRASKA 405-270-0501 915-564-6100
Montgomery (36109) Topeka (66622) Grand Island (68803) Houston (77030)
334-272-4670 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 785-350-3111 308-382-3660 OREGON 713-791-1414
Tuscaloosa (35404) Washington (20422) Wichita (67218) Lincoln (68510) Portland (97207) Kerrville (78028)
205-554-2000 202-745-8000 316-685-2221 402-489-3802 503-220-8262 210-896-2020
Tuskegee (36083) Omaha (68105) Roseburg (97470) Marlin (76661)
334-727-0550 FLORIDA KENTUCKY 402-346-8800 541-440-1000 254-883-3551
Bay Pines (33744) Lexington (40502) White City (97503) San Antonio (78229)
ALASKA 727-398-6661 859-233-4511 NEVADA 541-826-2111 210-617-5300
Anchorage (99508) Gainesville (32608) Louisville (40206) Las Vegas - North (89036) Temple (76504)
907-257-4700 352-376-1611 502-895-3401 702-636-3000 PENNSYLVANIA 254-778-4811
Lake City (32025) Reno (89520) Altoona (16602) Waco (76711)
ARIZONA 386-755-3016 LOUISIANA 702-786-7200 814-943-8164 254-752-6581
Phoenix (85012) Miami (33125) Alexandria (71306) Butler (16001)
602-277-5551 305-575-7000 318-473-0010 NEW HAMPSHIRE 724-287-4781 UTAH
Prescott (86313) Orlando (32803) New Orleans (70112) Manchester (03104) Coatesville (19320) Salt Lake City (84148)
928-445-4860 407-629-1599 504-568-0811 603-624-4366 610-384-7711 801-582-1565
Tucson (85723) Tampa (33612) Shreveport (71101) Erie (16504)
520-792-1450 813-972-2000 318-221-8411 NEW JERSEY 814-868-8661 VERMONT
West Palm Beach (33410) East Orange (07018) Lebanon (17042) White River Junction (05009)
ARKANSAS 561-882-8262 MAINE 973-676-1000 717-272-6621 802-295-9363
Fayetteville (72703) Augusta (04330) Lyons (07939) Philadelphia (19104)
479-443-4301 GEORGIA 207-623-8411 908-647-0180 215-823-5800 VIRGINIA
Little Rock - Towbin (72114) Augusta (30904) Pittsburgh - Heinz Center (15215) Hampton (23667)
501-257-1000 706-733-0188 MARYLAND NEW MEXICO 800-309-8398 757-722-9961
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501-257-1000 404-321-6111 410-605-7000 505-265-1711 800-647-6220 804-675-5000
Dublin (31021) Perry Point (21902) Pittsburgh - University Drive (15240) Salem (24153)
CALIFORNIA 478-272-1210 410-642-2411 NEW YORK 866-482-7488 540-982-2463
Fresno (93703) Albany (12208) Wilkes-Barre (18711)
559-225-6100 HAWAII MASSACHUSETTS 518-626-5000 877-928-2621 WASHINGTON
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909-825-7084 808-433-1000 781-678-2000 607-664-4000 PHILIPPINES 206-762-1010
Long Beach (90822) Brockton (02301) Bronx (10468) Manila (96515) (FPO AP) Spokane (99205)
562-826-8000 IDAHO 508-583-4500 718-584-9000 011-632-833-4566 509-434-7000
Los Angeles (90073) Boise (83702) Jamaica Plain (02130) Brooklyn (11209) Tacoma (98493)
310-478-3711 208-422-1000 617-232-9500 718-836-6600 PUERTO RICO 253-582-8440
Palo Alto (94304) Leeds (01053) Buffalo (14215) San Juan (00921) Walla Walla (99362)
650-493-5000 ILLINOIS 413-584-4040 716-834-9200 787-641-7582 509-525-5200
Sacramento (95655) Chicago (60612) West Roxbury (02132) Canandaigua (14424)
916-843-7000 312-569-8387 617-323-7700 585-394-2000 RHODE ISLAND WEST VIRGINIA
San Diego (92161) Chicago - North (60064) Castle Point (12511) Providence (02908) Beckley (25801)
858-552-8585 847-688-1900 MICHIGAN 914-831-2000 401-273-7100 304-255-2121
San Francisco (94121) Danville (61832) Ann Arbor (48105) Montrose (10548) Clarksburg (26301)
415-221-4810 217-554-3000 734-769-7100 914-737-4400 SOUTH CAROLINA 304-623-3461
Hines (60141) Battle Creek (49015) New York (10010) Charleston (29401) Huntington (25704)
COLORADO 708-202-8387 616-966-5600 212-686-7500 843-577-5011 304-429-6755
Denver (80220) Marion (62959) Detroit (48201) Northport (11768) Columbia (29209) Martinsburg (25401)
303-399-8020 618-997-5311 313-576-1000 631-261-4400 803-776-4000 304-263-0811
Grand Junction (81501) Iron Mountain (49801) St. Albans (11425)
970-242-0731 INDIANA 906-774-3300 718-526-1000 SOUTH DAKOTA WISCONSIN
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CONNECTICUT 260-426-5431 989-497-2500 315-425-4400 605-347-2511 608-256-1901
Newington (06111) Indianapolis (46202) Hot Springs (57747) Milwaukee (53295)
860-666-6951 317-554-0000 MINNESOTA NORTH CAROLINA 605-745-2000 414-384-2000
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203-932-5711 765-674-3321 612-725-2000 828-298-7911 605-336-3230 608-372-3971
St. Cloud (56303) Durham (27705)
IOWA 320-252-1670 919-286-0411 WYOMING
Des Moines (50310) Fayetteville (28301) Cheyenne (82001)
515-699-5999 910-488-2120 307-778-7550
Iowa City (52246) Salisbury (28144) Sheridan (82801)
319-338-0581 704-638-9000 307-672-3473
Learn more online about our Va health Care facilities at www.Vacareers.va.gov March 2009