Wondering what it’s like to be a VA employee? To give you some insight, we recently interviewed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Lisa Wratchford of the Abilene Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Texas. As a Navy Veteran, she has a unique perspective on serving patients who’ve served America, and she’ll help you decide if a career with us is right for you.

Why should job-seekers consider joining VA?
Our organization is moving toward less restrictive policies, which will give us full practice authority and more independence. There are also outstanding benefits, including generous paid time off, flexible scheduling and other perks that help us keep a healthy work-life balance. Above all, we get to give back to Veterans by providing treatment that improves their lives.

Mental Health NP Lisa Wratchford

How does VA’s integrated model of care impact your typical day?
It makes things more efficient and productive. When I need to consult with someone, all I have to do is walk down the hall. I truly appreciate that I can work closely with other disciplines to meet the various needs of my patients.

What are some challenges that come with your position?
Taking the mystery and stigma out of mental health conditions. There’s a growing opportunity to educate others on the topic, so that’s something I’m always doing. My hope is to increase understanding of and empathy for people dealing with these issues. It’s a crucial part of being a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at VA.

If you’re interested in healing Veterans with our extraordinary team, explore our current opportunities and pursue one today.

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  1. Fletcher Hart December 22, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Has VA DOCTORS, has any luck, better than the private sector, in helping us with bipolar illness?? Thank you for any answers or HELP!!

  2. Stan Riedel December 22, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Why doesn’t the VA offer Hypnotherapy to quit smoking for veterans?

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