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Nursing Management top heavy, once black-balled, forever black-balled, policies and procedures NOT followed by admin

Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  West Haven, CT
Current Employee - Registered Nurse in West Haven, CT

I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Taking care of our veterans and their families.

Cons

Management protects management....even when their own policies and procedures are not followed. Excessive amount of favoritism shown by nursing management. When a mistake is made by a nurse, instead of acting like a "high reliability"institution that we are told we are, the nurse's mistake is sent to human resources for review and punishment. It is not used to educate, simply punish.....especially if you are on their "list".. If you are acting like a pt advocate should, and you reveal an "issue" that you report, you better believe you will pay dearly in some way...... Of course they will NEVER be found guilty of retaliation....It will just be a coincidence that after you revealed the issue, you have been detailed to a tiny CBOC for the rest of your VA career.......

Advice to ManagementAdvice

WE NEED A COMPLETE CHANGE OVER IN NURSING ADMINISTRATION......

Doesn't Recommend

Other Reviews for US Department of Veterans Affairs

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great training and learning experience for a veteran who wants to help his fellow veteran.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Veteran Service Representative  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. Promotion potential. A majority of your co-workers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Hired under the ARRA contracting. Outrageous case loads. Ever changing rules and regulations. Pressure to meet quota/point system goals. Culture of "good ol' boy" system and personal opinions can make or break your future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More people who can do the job properly, not just fill a position by winning a popularity contest or by seniority.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Frustrations like any other place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse
    Former Employee - Nurse

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good with yearly raises. Sometimes you get an annual bonus but it pretty much depends if your boss likes you or not. Good benefits with option to choose.

    Cons

    Many serious staff issues are overlooked and/or the protocol is not followed. The union is there to help you and can be helpful but don't dare go to them with an issue or you'll have a target on your back. Staff will often talk to their superiors like they are not a superior, when trying to have the issue addressed the higher-ups often side with the staff that is "lower on the totem pole". Don't even think about transferring in-house, it will never happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your staff, don't just show up for monday through friday 9-5 job and go home. There are many issues outside of those hours that need to be addressed. Follow protocol and stop covering for the staff that doesn't deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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