US Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care programs, across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.
More than 7.9 million Veterans, their family members, and survivors are enrolled in the VA health system, with more than 6.3 million seeking treatment each year. Currently, that annual treatment involves 773,600 inpatient visits and 60 million outpatient visits. About 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees work in interdisciplinary care teams to deliver those patient services daily.
VA's patient population crosses a wide spectrum of individuals, from elderly World War II Veterans, to baby boomer Vietnam Vets, to today's younger heroes who served during the Gulf War era and in the present day Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. VA also serves a growing number of women Veterans, who currently account for seven percent of the total Veteran population.
When you work as a VA health care, administrative, or support professional, the career opportunities are virtually endless. By working for the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, you'll have access to a wider range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.
VA's vast network of facilities also means more practice settings and specialization opportunities for health care professionals. No matter which VA facility you choose, you'll work within an interdisciplinary care team structure and be challenged to achieve the most positive patient outcomes possible.
You'll have the opportunity to practice meaningful, groundbreaking medicine often treating patients with injuries rarely seen in the private sector. And, our vast network of facilities gives you access to some of the most advanced medical technologies in the Nation.
And, geography won't even get in your way. When life dictates a move, you can seek employment at any location where there is a vacancy and transfer with no loss of benefits. For health care professionals, only one current, active professional state license is necessary to practice anywhere in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
At the end of the day, VA professionals feel good about their careers, the Veterans they serve, and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.
VA strives to offer our employees a better quality of life, both on the job and off, in return for their dedication to providing Veterans with exceptional patient care. We do so through competitive salaries, a robust Federal benefits package that begins on your first day of employment, flexible schedules, and one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the Nation.
VA needs special people to help us maintain our tradition of excellence. We know that we'll have to compete with other employers to attract them. We also know that our kind of people become more valuable over time. And, to keep them with us we have to offer them a truly superior compensation and benefits package.
How does unmatched control over your own life and career path sound? We're simply the most flexible, diverse, and family-friendly employer there is. When you work for VA, you'll be entitled to a lifetime's worth of opportunities, benefits, and satisfactions. You'll be doing a job that's truly worthwhile, and you'll have a myriad of choices and options you can't find anywhere else. At VA, we take care of our employees as well as we take care of our Veterans. We offer competitive pay and a truly superior array of benefits for you and your family. Your goals will be our goals, and your family will become part of our family. We're the best at what we do, because our people make us the best. We value each and every one of them, and we show them our appreciation in all sorts of exciting and tangible ways.
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I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-timePros
One of the great benefits of Social Work is the diversity that the field itself offers. As a Social Worker at the VA you have access to various practice areas. The VA offers medical care and beyond. Its comprehensive care allows social workers to practice in a variety of areas including: Nursing Home, Infectious Disease Clinics, Palliative Care, Oncology,. & Housing for Homeless Vets. Though there is no general Department of Social Services, like most hospitals, the Social Workers have a great rapport amongst each other, often collaborating resources, processing difficult cases and planning various training events.Cons
As you find with many federal positions people often become complacent and aren't as professional and compassionate as they should be, as they feel that their jobs are thoroughly secure.Advice to ManagementAdvice
A greater commitment to providing free continuing education and career development. More incentives encouraging staff to go above & beyond. Which in return enhances the quality care that our nation's Veteran's receive.Recommends
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.Interview Details
- Left a resume at on a College Carrer Fair table
-Received a callback the same day and an offer soon after a informal phone interview and in person interview
- Questions were mostly character questionsNegotiation DetailsStandard. There wasn't much wiggle room for negotiating terms. However, be sure that HR considers your degrees. ONce you accept an offer, it is hard to get them to retroactively compensate you.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care...
Mission: The mission of VA is to fulfill President Abraham Lincoln’s promise to our nation’s heroes: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his...