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Nursing Careers at VA
Careers to Consider
With a diverse care environment and a lifetime of growth ahead of you, VA has a variety of nursing careers that fit your skills, including:
LICENSED PRACTICAL/ VOCATIONAL NURSES
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Gain the skills and benefits that define your career.
How can VA help me grow in my career?
Being a nurse means a lifetime of learning. That’s why we developed programs like the National Nursing Education Initiative and Tuition Support Program. LEARN MORE
Is the pay competitive at VA?
Our pay is comparable to the private sector. With locations in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, we scale salaries to your area’s cost of living. We also offer premium pay for on-call, weekend, overtime, and holiday duty.
Can VA help me with my college loans?
Yes, we have a Student Loan Repayment Program for nurses with qualified loans. LEARN MORE
Develop your career and expand your skills.
How does VA support my work/life balance?
We understand that your home life is just as important as your career. That’s why we offer flexible scheduling for our nurses, including four-, six-, and 12-hour shifts. We also have generous time-off benefits for our newly hired nurses. LEARN MORE
How does VA recognize their nurses?
We have financial and honorary awards to show our support for our nurses, including the National Nursing Awards and Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing. LEARN MORE
Will VA help me advance my career?
In addition to pursuing Magnet® Recognition Program, our development programs make sure your career grows with your experience, including Nurse Executive Mentor/Mentee Program and the Nurse Executive Leadership Development Program. LEARN MORE
How is working at VA different from private practice?
One difference is our loan repayment program. Also, our nurses’ licenses are valid in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Wherever life takes you, you can continue your career with VA. LEARN MORE
Are there opportunities to participate in quality initiatives?
Definitely, VA is committed to caring for our Veterans with the Clinical Practice Program, VA Nursing Outcomes Database (VANOD), and our 5 Million Lives Campaign. LEARN MORE
Build on a lifetime of experience.
Is nursing research important at VA?
Yes. VA offers funded research opportunities for nurses. Many people might not know that VA is one of the largest research organizations in the U.S. LEARN MORE
How can I help give back at VA?
With the VA Nursing Academy, there are lots of ways for experienced nurses to pass along their knowledge and special skills to the next generation of nurses. LEARN MORE
Are there opportunities to join administration with VA?
Absolutely, we encourage all of our nurses to enter leadership positions. With the Nurse Executive Rotation and the Nurse Executive Leadership Development Program, you will have every opportunity to develop your skills. LEARN MORE
What are my retirement benefits at VA?
All our nurses are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which is made up of Social Security benefits, FERS basic benefits, and our Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). LEARN MORE