VA Puget Sound Health Care System

www.puget-sound.med.va.gov
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This is not a good place to work until you have been with the VA for at LEAST 5 years and have some seniority.

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Current Employee - Nurse in Baltimore, MD
Current Employee - Nurse in Baltimore, MD

I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The health benefits, retirement and vacation/sick time.

Cons

The unsafe neighborhood you have to walk through to just get to work. You are not allowed to park in the VA parking garage but rather a public parking garage 3 blocks away that YOU have to PAY $40 a month to park there and then take your life into your own hands to walk through the "hood". I actually have started carrying pepper spray. Not to mention the rain, sleet, snow.....etc.....

Advice to Management

Do their own jobs and stop delegating everything.

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  1. There are better organizations to work with

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best part of working there is that you can pay your bills while looking for another job.

    Cons

    There are numerous hassles working at the VA. Even getting to work is difficult. The parking is bad and it rolls down hill from there. Even if you never work with patient data you are under demands to protect your data on computers. Wasteful retraining is required for irrelevant material. As a researcher in the biological sciences if found it cumbersome to work under rules designed for medical workers.

    Advice to Management

    I really didn't deal with them. I would generally say that there are huge bureaucracies between people that work there and the senior management. A typical government agency.

  2. not perfect, but pretty good

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    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    to build clinical skills and take care of patients in a system that is continuously improving and without the interface of insurance problems of the private sector

    Cons

    government beurocracy
    older managers who are not using best practices to motivate employees

    Advice to Management

    this is advice for nursing management at this VA:
    support your employees
    avoid the top-down management style that you currently use (my way or the highway)
    listen to suggestions and grievances

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