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What is the work environment and culture like at Department of Veterans Affairs?

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Just like the other successful Companies I've worked for.

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Try to be well informed about events procedure, and responsibilities pertaining to you work enviroment.

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I would say all of the above is so true and I have worked at the VA for 23 years. The VA has Physicians and nurses become managers when in fact they have no degree in management. That is the real problem. Top heavy and untrained "super heros" trying take advantage of those under them. Well I hope that Trump cleans up this mess! The best part of working at the VA and the only thing that keeps me there are the veterans themselves!!! They are awesome!!! I am staying for them. I can handle the heat. It's not easy but I only have 6-8 years left!

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I worked for the VA Hospital in Leavenworth KS for aprox. 1 month. I did not like it. The physicians were good, but terribly overworked. The software was obsolete and difficult to learn. There was a manual that was outdated for standard procedures. Basically no training, just what you can find time to do on your own on their website. My coworkers complained all day, everyday about other departments, and supervisors. I constantly heard the comments "That's not our job". It was a toxic place to work.

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Management is very micro-managing, way, way too many chiefs, not enough worker bees. They have the whole culture of change thing turned upside down, changes are made, in order for the one who changed it to get advanced, promoted, what have you. But as soon as that change is in place, someone else makes another change that nullifies the previous one, no follow through on ideas, equipment is bought, and then slowly it fades away and winds up in a store room or it's out in the open unused and going to waste. And I work at one of the better VA's. Being black listed is a real thing, I went through their training program as a new BSN and totally made somebody mad somewhere and wound up being put on the night, in a building far from the hospital, doing a job that was completely different than what I had spent the last year training for. None of the management would say why, none had the back bone to say why, how or who had me on their bad list. And as someone else said, there is no autonomy, no nursing judgement or little of it anyway. The private sector is where to get your training and then come to the VA and do less work for more pay, doing things the VA way. I've been a NA, LPN, and RN within the VA.......Terrible teamwork, overall, I'm sure some exceptions exist.

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Terrible work environment. No autonomy. Management tries to make you feel stupid and you don't know what you are doing. Also, watch out for those promises they make you, like getting a raise. They tell you whatever to get you to take the job. Worst job I've ever had! Stay in private sector if you want to be valued and treated like a professional.

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As long as you do things the VA way you will be fine.

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I always thought the VA was the best place for care for a Veteran. Now I question this. What's going on. Men and women gave there lives for our country, and this is how we pay them back.

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I have worked in Heath Care for over 25 years. The most recent 5 years have been with the VA. Honestly, the culture is VERY challenging compared to the other facilities where I have worked. At other facilities, there is a culture of encouraging, helping and camaraderie with your coworkers and employees are treated as professionals who know their jobs and are trusted to do so. At the VA, like another writer commented, there seems to be an unhealthy emphasis put on employees to report any true or perceived wrong-doing of other employees. This creates a very uncomfortable work environment with employees as well as management spending an inordinate amount of time and effort micromanaging others. Also, as an employee without any patient interaction, it is frustrating to be held to a very strict tour (schedule) and home-life balance is minimally considered. I am thankful that the pay is better at the VA than where I've worked previously, but that is the only reason I stay. Another note, even though there are insurance benefits available to part-time employees, they are pro-rated to such a degree that they are not at all affordable. There may be great leaders and management in the VA system, but in my experience those are fewer and farther between than in the public sector.

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