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Registered Nurse (Former Employee) –  Martinez, CANovember 13, 2018
Good place to work. Great benefits. Thrift Savings plan with 1-1 matching. FSA pre-tax. Sick and vacation times and COLA benefits. Management works well with their employees.
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Poor care
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) –  Washington, DC 20011November 1, 2018
12 hour shifts
Workplace is cut throat with scant educational and management support. Nurses usually provide primary nursing. Compressed work schedule and federal benefits best aspects
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Overall okay
Registered Nurse (Current Employee) –  Buffalo, NYOctober 27, 2018
Has helped me with my career overall. A good resume builder, management is awful, pay is awful, staffing is inadequate, benefits are not as great as you would think as they changed the retirement system a few years ago. Great for a new nurse to build nursing skills.
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Fun and Loving work place
REGISTERED NURSE (Current Employee) –  Biloxi, MS 39531October 10, 2018
Work for the VA is a wonderful experience. I love take care of the veterans and making sure they feel like they are home. Our goal at the VA to take care of the veterans as they serve for our country.
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Horrible management!!!
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) –  Miami, FLSeptember 25, 2018
A place where I lost most skills, lacked autonomy, and was guided by residents who had recently finished their basic training. Only a handful of attendings had a bit of knowledge. There existed little comradery between the different shifts, days vs. nights. Usually, the weakest nurses would try to outdo the ones with more knowledge by badmouthing them in front of doctors and managers. Management seemed nonexistent. When patients did poorly, usually due to poor medical care or preexisting conditions, the nurses were blamed for the matter. The hardest part of the job was trying to get patients to survive where there existed such lack of knowledge all around. Only a few nurses really knew and understood the concept of good patient care. On a rare occasion, a well-trained resident from Jackson would be on duty. A plus included the supervisors who didn't disturb the staff like they do in other hospitals. Floating all over the hospital, while short-staffing the home unit, was a big problem.
Pros
Benefits and salaries.
Cons
Too much favoritism!!!
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Horrible dysfunctional management
Registered Nurse (Current Employee) –  Cape Coral, FLSeptember 4, 2018
Management concentrates on picky details while forgetting the big overall picture - they are puniative and child like. On the way to being privatized.
Pros
Salary and benefits and work hours
Cons
Horrible managent - particularly in nursing
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Its reasonable
Staff Nurse Post-Surgical unit (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTAugust 26, 2018
Typical Government job management climate changes with political leadership. Good hard working staff with dedication to a specific population. Can have some great rewards depending on your position
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Challenging, fast paced environment
Registered nurse (Former Employee) –  Augusta, ME 04330August 13, 2018
Typical Day may include, but is not limited to:
*checking-in patients including VS, medications, chief complaint, & health reminders.
*Follow up with 3-4 patients on HTN, DM, Med. changes with education provided
*Assessment of walk-in patients & fielding to appropriate care
*Telephone triage and follow-ups care
*Chaperoning portions of physical exams
*Sorting paperwork from outside providers for physicians
* Follow up on tests and results from outside providers

I learned to multitask, organize and prioritize my time.
Most enjoyable was working with the veterns.
Pros
Great co-workers
Cons
Always short staffed
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Registered Nurse (Former Employee) –  Biloxi, MSJuly 23, 2018
Loved taking care of our veterans.
Excellent compensation and benefits. Tons of opportunity for career advancement.
Competitive salary.

However, always understaffed. More focused on collection of data via charting than provided enough hands-on staff to care for our veterans better.
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Miserable place to work
RN (Former Employee) –  Martinsburg, WVJuly 16, 2018
Terrible middle and senior management. Uptight nurses and managers engaging in childish bullying behavior which drives out great nurses and leaves incompetence in their place. There are certainly great staff at the VA caring for our nations veterans, but it was not my experience. If you are an RN, lay low and try not to say anything to anyone for 2 years.
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Benefits
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bullying
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stable employment
Staff Registered Nurse (Former Employee) –  Biloxi, MSJuly 9, 2018
Benefits were great. Management could use an upgrade. all in all had a wonderful experience helping the nations veterans. I wouldn't trade the experience.
Pros
benefits, stability
Cons
management
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Would not recommend
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) –  East Orange, NJJune 24, 2018
Care Manager East Orange NJ. Would not recommend. The management and upper management is poor. There is no room for advancement even if you have your Master's degree. If you have only your Bachelor's you will be at the bottom of the ladder and will not be able to advance and will be required to have the Master's degree. You are not vested in the pension unless you have been there 5+ years.
There is a 2 year probation period.
The manager's will write you up for minor mishaps without any coaching on their end yet they will promote themselves at the expense of their staff.
The benefits are good if you can stick out working at a mundane job for an extended period of time.
It is not a place for professional nurses.
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benefits
Cons
management
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Ok place to work
Intermittent Registered Staff nurse (Current Employee) –  Bedford, MAJune 23, 2018
It's an alright place to work
Management is poor
Benefits are great
You fight your own battles
Old eat the new
Staffing, staff to patient is great making work easier
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it was fun
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) –  Oklahoma City, OKJune 12, 2018
Learn a lot of skills. Enjoyed working with the soldiers and try to help them be independent. I enjoyed the staff and wonderful employees there. They are positive and helpful
Pros
Meeting soldiers
Cons
It was too far to drive
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Nursing
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) –  Jacksonville, FLMay 30, 2018
Department provided good teamwork and professional working environment. Provided encouragement to obtain additional job related education. Provided opportunities for growth in education.
Pros
Team work
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great place
RN (Former Employee) –  Fort Meade, SDApril 26, 2018
Very difficult to get into the VA. It is a small, cliquey environment. Many days are filled with meetings with no time to work. Management is changing however, and may be promising to move the VA forward and eliminate stagnicity.
Pros
pay
Cons
management
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description of teamwork
Staff RN (Former Employee) –  Jacksonville, FLMarch 29, 2018
The job include flexibility, job security, and an atmosphere of team work from all staff members of secretary, nurses, and physicians. I enjoyed teaching the patients how to use mechanical equipments.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Unscheduled appointmens
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great lerning experience
Veteran Centered Registered Nurse (Current Employee) –  Hampton, VAMarch 27, 2018
Most time it is busy. Management is fair in decision making. Work environment is diverse and it is a non hostile environment. Work load could be overwhelming at time.
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Registered Nurse (Current Employee) –  Med/surgMarch 21, 2018
Depending on the unit, can be slow paced. Will lose critical care skills. I have learned the physicians are reactive, not proactive. Management is concerned with a number scale for staffing without acuity considerations. Writing up coworker, physicians and other staff is a priority for workers unfortunately. There is not staff to staff problem solving skills. High school may best describe the environment. No short/long term disability available. Many days of no lunches and unwillingness to pay overtime if necessary to protect your license. The positive aspect is more paid holidays than other medical facilities.
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Registered Nurse G4W (Former Employee) –  West Haven, CTMarch 9, 2018
I enjoyed working at the West Haven VA on G4W. I learned a lot, amazing patient population. Great nurse manager. It was my first nursing job. Good team work. Down side, a lot of complete care patients and heavy lifting.
Pros
great pay and generous vacation and sick time
Cons
heavy lifting
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