There’s no better place to continue or start your nursing career than Augusta, Maine, a small city in New England surrounded by abundant natural beauty.
“VA Maine is growing by leaps and bounds to accommodate our Veterans, and we are looking for the best of the best,” said Nurse Recruiter Melissa Lasley, RN.
Work in Maine
You’ll join a top-notch staff, dedicated to caring for the more than 40,000 brave and heroic Veterans served by the VA Maine Healthcare System. Current openings include the special care and medical-surgical units, inpatient float pool and community living center.
“Veterans put their dreams and lives on hold to defend us and to protect freedoms we often take for granted. These individuals deserve more than our thanks; they deserve the highest quality care we can possibly provide,” said Lasley.
Since the system strives to hire only the best to support and care for Veterans, patient care teams are made up of compassionate, driven individuals who share the same mission and vision. Many employees are Veterans themselves.
Established in 1866 and encompassing more than 500 acres of buildings and natural woodlands, the complexity level 1C facility is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Perks of a VA career
In addition to the rewarding mission of caring for Veterans, nurses at the VA Maine Healthcare System enjoy supportive leadership that encourages teamwork and transparency.
“Your voice is heard and makes a difference,” Lasley said.
Through shared governance, the system looks at current practices and workflows to elicit positive changes for the Veteran population and its current workforce. It embraces change and focuses on whole health, which empowers and equips Veterans and staff to take charge of their health and well-being.
Leadership also recognizes the hard work of its nurses and other employees by participating in various recognition programs, including the Daisy and VA Nurse Excellence Awards.
“It’s a wonderful thing to see staff being praised for the quality work they do, and as icing on the cake, VA benefits are unmatched in the community,” Lasley said.
Other benefits of working for VA include:
- Access to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), a three-tier retirement plan composed of Social Security benefits, FERS basic benefits and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
- Anywhere from 13-26 days paid vacation and personal leave depending on your profession, plus 10 paid federal holidays.
- Thirteen sick days each year with no limit on accrual.
- Up to 12 weeks paid parental leave.
- Generous health insurance, including vision and dental.
Work at VA
Take the next step in your nursing career at the VA Maine Healthcare System.