Nurses are at the center of all VA care. With more than 110,000 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants on our team, VA is the largest employer of nurses in the nation, and we could not provide the patient-centered, high-quality health care our Veterans deserve without these invaluable medical professionals.
But why do nurses love working at VA? A quick look at reviews from members of our team will tell you everything you need to know about what we offer nurses that makes VA so popular.
Unrestricted licensing and relocation
Under a review titled simply “Love This Place,” an RN in California shared one of the pros of employment was the “ability to transfer to any VA in the country with just one license!”
With an active U.S. nursing license, our RNs and LPNs can work anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and Guam. If the time comes for you to move on, you’ll be eligible to work at any of our 1,300 facilities, and you won’t typically lose any benefits, accumulated paid leave, or pay when you transfer from another VA facility.
As an RN from Arizona noted, “This employer encourages and supports continuing education.”
From the start, VA offers generous nursing education scholarship opportunities, tuition reimbursement programs and educational opportunities that support virtual or face-to-face continuing education. For those nurses who have already completed their training, VA employees with federal student loans may be eligible for the national public service loan forgiveness program.
Would you say that the pay where you work is “amazing?” One of our registered nurses did.
We offer our employees strong starting salaries based on education, training and experience. We also offer steady growth, with periodic pay raises that address inflation and local market changes.
Among the many things an RN in New Hampshire cited was our scheduling and vacation days, which can help achieve the work/life balance that is so crucial for employees.
Our employees receive 13 to 26 paid vacation/personal days, as well as 13 sick days annually with no limit on accumulation, and we celebrate 11 paid federal holidays each year.
Serving those who served
Our LPNs frequently cited the mission as one of the most positives things about working at VA. Whether it is the “sense of purpose serving Veterans,” or simply that the Veterans we serve are “heroes,” we know what we do at VA matters to those who have served our country and their families.
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There are many reasons nurses love working at VA. We think you will too.