Nursing Careers - VA Northern California Health Care System
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Nursing Careers

Nurses make vital contributions in the delivery of health care to the veterans served by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As a VA nurse, you may choose from a number of nursing opportunities, including clinical practice, administration, research and education.

Assignments are available for a variety of roles, including staff nurse, advanced practice nurse, case manager, nursing educator, infection control nurse, performance improvement nurse and community health nurse. VA nurses are highly valued members of the health care team.


VA offers extensive employment benefits and educational opportunities including:

  • 5 Weeks of Vacation Each Year - RN
  • 2 1/2 Weeks of Vacation Each Year - LVN
  • 2 1/2 Weeks of Sick Leave Each Year
  • 10 Paid Federal Holidays
  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Thrift Savings Plan With up to 5% Matching Funds
  • U.S. Government Retirement Benefits (including health and life insurance)
  • Student Loan Payment Program
  • Education Assistance
  • Child care Subsidy
  • Local Transit Benefits

VA Basic Requirements for Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses


Registered Nurse, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Vocational Nurse applicants must be United States (U.S.) citizens unless a special waiver is approved.


Must be a graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate state accrediting agency at the time of program completion. Graduates from foreign schools of professional nursing who possess a current, full, active and unrestricted registration (see "Registration" below) meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing, but must also provide a copy of certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools to be eligible.


Must have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration or license from any state, territory or commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. Information regarding registration may be obtrained by writing to the Board of Registered Nursing, 1020 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 322-3350. Please send a copy of all registrations (current and inactive) with your application.

Additional Information


A personal interview is required before an applicant is selected for an appointment.


Assignments are made on the basis of VA needs at that time of apointment. Nurses are selected for specialty areas, supervisory and teaching positions on the basis of interest, preparation, experience, preference, and potential. Once hired, reuestes for changes in assignment may be considered as vacancies occur.

Grade and Salary

Appropriate grade assignments and basic salaries are determined by the Nurse Professional Standards Board or Licensed Vocational Nurse Professional Standards Board.

Differential Pay

Evening and night differential pay equals 10% of the hourly rate, Saturdays and Sundays equals 25% of the hourly rate and double-base pay is paid for holidays worked.