If you’re ready to take the next step in a rewarding nursing career, look no further than VA. We are the nation’s largest employer of nurses, with a team of more than 100,000 and growing.

But before you apply, take a look at our new Total Rewards of VA Employment Nursing Careers brochure and flyer. You’ll learn about our extensive benefits, the rewards of a career serving Veterans, and other reasons to work as a VA nurse.

“Nurses are an invaluable part of our health care teams,” said Darren Sherrard, associate director of recruitment marketing. “No matter where you work or what you do at VA, you’ll be able to focus on what matters – healing and caring for Veterans so they can thrive after military service.”

Total rewards of a VA career

“The retirement benefits, health benefits and pay have provided me the privilege to work in many capacities while advancing my career,” said Dr. Victoria Cox, RN, CHCR, VHA-CM, national consultant for recruitment and resources in VA’s Office of Nursing Services.

Head over to our website to download the Total Rewards package and explore these benefits for yourself. They include:

  • Competitive pay. Our nurses receive an average salary of $97,309, depending on location, education and years of experience. This tops out at over $150,000 when you add the value of generous benefits like insurance, retirement and PTO. You’ll also be eligible for regular raises and increases.
  • Insurance coverage. From liability protection to health insurance, we’ve got you covered. We offer a large selection of health insurance plans that can be continued even after retirement. There’s also vision, dental, life and long-term care insurance.
  • Education support. Build your skills and expertise with scholarships, loan repayment, free continuing education credits and hours, in-person and virtual training and leadership development.
  • Generous retirement. You’ll be more than ready for retirement with the three-tier Federal Employees Retirement System, composed of Social Security benefits, a pension and the Thrift Savings Plan, which is similar to a 401(k).
  • Plentiful time off. Enjoy 26 days of annual leave that begins accruing on day one, 13 sick days with no accumulation limit, and 11 paid federal holidays. We also offer paid military leave and 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
  • Professional freedom. There aren’t any employment contracts, noncompete clauses, restrictive covenants or other restrictions on outside work. Work anywhere in the nation, at one of more than 1,250 care sites, with one full and unrestricted U.S. license and take your benefits with you.

Work at VA

We value the knowledge and expertise you’ve gained as a nurse. Come be an invaluable part of our health care team and help us optimize patient-driven care for our nation’s heroes.

NOTE: Positions listed in this post were open at the time of publication. All current available positions are listed at USAJobs.gov.

By VA Careers

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Published on Aug. 18, 2021

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  1. susan Doyne August 22, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    I am a 16 year Air Force Veteran. I have my MSN I to got tired of applying

  2. Karen Hankin August 19, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Lots of luck, I was an Army Combat medic for 10 years. After getting a medical discharge I completed my nursing Degree. Applied to the VA for nursing jobs, after a couple of years I quit applying. I found out the spots were filled with non-vets. Nepotism was alive and well in Cheyenne, WY and still is. You can die for your country but don’t expect any help from government agencies.

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