Nursing Recruitment - Washington DC VA Medical Center
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Nursing Recruitment

The Nursing Recruitment Office is pleased to assist in answering any questions you might have regarding a career as an RN, NP or LPN at the Washington, D.C. Medical Center. To obtain an informational brochure and application please call or stop by the office. We do suggest that applications returned to our office be sent via Federal Express as all of our incoming mail is irradiated which delays the delivery. We are always eager to meet with Nurses and LPN's like yourselves who share our philosophy and mission of caring for our Nation's veterans. We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Information

  • Cathy Davelli, Nurse Recruiter
  • 1st Floor Room 1B116
  • Phone: 202-518-4754
  • Fax: 202-745-2222

Benefits and Culture

We are just as committed about meeting your personal and professional needs as you are in taking care of our veterans. So whether you're concerned about your own or your family's well being, financial peace of mind, or even your continuing education and professional development we have a whole range of federal employee benefits to suit your life. These include:
  • Locality pay system for RNs, with appointment based on credentials and experience
  • Recognition for professional achievement
  • Educational opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Tuition Support/Reimbursement for nursing education
  • 26 days paid annual leave per year (RN)
  • 13 days accrued sick leave per year
  • 10 paid federal holidays per year
  • 15 days military leave per year
  • 20% an hour shift differential for evenings and nights (RN)
  • 25% an hour weekend premium
  • Choice of health insurance plans
  • Fitness Center with pool
  • Uniform Allowance
  • Free Parking
  • Child Care Center
  • Transit Benefit Program
  • Licensure in any state, territory, or commonwealth considered
  • Thrift Savings Plan- The TSP is a tax-deferred retirement savings and investment plan the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees such as the 401(k) plans. By participating in the TSP, you have the opportunity to save part of your retirement, receive matching agency contributions, and reduce your current taxes.

Nurse Internship Program

As a new graduate we are very much aware of your concerns as you enter your newly chosen profession. And with you in mind we have designed the Nurse Internship Program especially for you the new graduate as well for nurses with less than 2 years of acute care work experience. This program is a comprehensive structured orientation that has both didactic and clinical components. Nurses in this program will be assigned to a specially chosen preceptor who is an experienced nurse with clinical expertise and who has completed formal preceptor training. The Internship Program is 12 months in length and will be offered twice a year.

The Internship Program is 12 months in length and will be offered twice a year.
The 2007 scheduled dates are March and September and the 2008 scheduled dates are February and September. The class would be offered the last full week of each month. Please contact us as the specific date has not been determined at this time.

Valor Program

Initiated in 1990, this program provides opportunities for outstanding students to develop competencies in clinical nursing while working at an approved VA health care facility. Opportunities for learning include didactic or classroom experiences, competency-based clinical practice with a qualified RN preceptor, and participation in nursing-focused clinical conferences.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The CGPA must be computed on post-secondary academic work taken within the past 3 years, or based on academic work accepted for credit towards the nursing degree. No grade lower than a B in a nursing course will be acceptable. Only data on official transcripts should be used for determining grade qualifications.
  • Student must be able to complete a minimum of 40 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks as a Nursing VALOR student in a VA facility.
  • Student must be a citizen and meet physical examination standards at the time of entry in the Nursing VALOR program.
  • Students with a service obligation to any Federal, state, or private institution, or recipients of any Federal scholarships are ineligible for the Nursing VALOR Program

Application Process

  1. Complete an Application for Federal Employment.
  2. Provide a letter from the Dean/Director of school of nursing addressed to the Nurse Executive of the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. The letter should include the following: nomination of the student to the program, verification of enrollment as a full-time student (as defined by the school), successful completion of the junior year by May/June 2007 and anticipated graduation within 1 year after entry into the Nursing VALOR program.
  3. Submit documents to Cathy Davelli, Nurse Recruiter, Washington D.C. VA Medical Center, 50 Irving St. NW, D.C. Room 1B116. Documents may also be sent via FEDEX to the same address.

For additional information call Cathy Davelli, Nurse Recruiter at 202-518-4754 or 1-800-322-0254.

Student Nurse Technician Program

Our Student Nurse Technician Program is designed to afford you the opportunity to enhance your clinical skills while you continue to increase your knowledge base and clinical competency in nursing school. You will be assigned to a clinical unit which provides you with clinical experiences in a variety of medical-surgical and specialty areas.

Earn while you learn?
Enhance your direct care nursing skills?
Have opportunities to participate in focused learning and inservices?
Be able to work a flexible work schedule?


The SNT is currently enrolled in an accredited School of Nursing recognized by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The student must demonstrate successful completion of one (1) clinical semester in an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Baccalaureate program.

  • Submit an Application for Federal Employment with a copy of transcript reflecting the most recent semester.
  • Submit a copy of your skills check-off list at time of interview.
  • Submit a letter from the School of Nursing indicating your current status, your ability to function in the clinical setting, and your anticipated graduation date.
  • Return documents to Cathy Davelli, Nurse Recruiter, Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 50 Iriving St. NW, D.C. 20422
  • For additional information call 202-745-8477 or 1-800-322-0254.