Jobs & Careers - Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System
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Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System

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Jobs & Careers


By working for the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, you’ll have access to a wider range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.

At the Charleston VAMC, we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege, and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. Please consider applying for one of our available positions.

You may view our announcements online here.

Our job information window is located on the fifth floor of the main facility in Charleston and is available for applicants Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visit our job information window to view our announcements, complete any necessary materials, and submit your application package.

The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Veterans interested in applying may learn about Veterans’ rights and privileges for Federal civil service employment at the Office of Personnel Management’s America’s Veteran website Persons with disabilities interested i napplying may want to browse information on Schedule A Hiring Authority and Reasonable Accomodations at the USAJOBS website under the headline “Individuals with Disabilities.”

If you need additional information, please contact our Human Resources Management service at (843) 577-5011 ext. 5949. Human Resources office is open Monday – Friday, 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. on the fifth floor at the VAMC.

Nursing Staff

If you are a nursing professional interested in working for Charleston VAMC, all RN and LPN vacancies are listed at VA career website.  Announcements for nursing positions are also posted outside the nursing recruitment office located on the fifth floor in room B552.  You may also wish to contact our Nurse Recruiter at (843) 577-5011 ext. 5389.  

Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program

The Ralph H. Johnson Veteran’s Administration Medical Center’s Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency (PBNR) Program is 1 of 16 federally funded nurse residency programs in the US. We offer a 1-year comprehensive nurse residency program that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). During our program, we provide opportunities to immerse the new graduate nurse into the role of a professional competent nurse utilizing a 4-phase clinical rotation. The goal of the PBNR program is to recruit new graduate nurses seeking lifelong learning and the pursuit of nursing leadership while providing excellent and compassionate care to our nation’s heroes our Veterans.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Residency Program

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Pratitioner Residency Program is part of the VA Nursing Academic Partnership program (VANAP), a partnership with the Medical University College of Nursing (MUSC CON). This residency is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners in Veteran-Centric continuum of care services and evidence based practice for Veterans in urban, rural and remote settings in the area of Psychiatric-mental health.

Pharmacy Residency Program

The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC offers a 12-month, PGY1 residency with an emphasis in primary care and a 12-month, PGY1 residency with an emphasis in inpatient medicine.  The goal of both residencies is to develop the resident's skills and competency in providing patient-centered care as part of multi-disciplinary teams.  Education and training will involve patients in the acute care, ambulatory care and home care settings.  Research and continuing educational activities are encouraged and are made available to the resident.

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina, offers two one-year clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowships with an emphasis on couples and family psychology.

Employee Entrance and Exit Surveys

Thank you for taking the time to complete either the employee entrance or exit online survey. Your responses are greatly valued and will help VA become a more effective organization. Your responses will be combined with others and will be unidentifiable. Individual respondents will be impossible to indentify; offices will see only consolidated reports with responses from at least 10 employees. If you have any difficulty completing a survey, please contact the VHA National Center for Organizational Development via email at or by telephone at (513) 247-4680.

Employee Entrance Survey (Takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.)

Employee Exit Interview Survey (Takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.)

Employee Benefits

A description of employee benefits is available on the US Office of Personnel Management Employment and Benefits page*. Please note that benefits may differ for professional clinical occupations including physicians and registered nurses.

Charleston VA Local Employment Documents

Drug Test Acknowledgement

Conflict of Interest Acknowledgement

Privacy and HIPPA Focused Training

Self Certification of Continuous Service

VA Privacy and Information Security Awareness and Rules of Behavior

Directions to the RHJ VAMC Facility

RHJ VAMC Facility Maps

VA Job Applications and Forms

Application instructions specific to each job posting can be found at the end of the announcement in the “How to Apply” section. Most positions require you to apply online, while some healthcare positions allow you to merely submit a resume/curriculum vitae to be considered. Each announcement also includes a “Required Documents” section that lists all the forms and documents required to be considered.

VA has several different application forms based on your occupation type. If the job announcement requires a particular application in the “Required Documents” section of the announcement, look in the table below to find the correct form for your occupation, as well as additional required forms.

Responding to a Job Announcement

Be sure to follow the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” instructions given in the job announcement. They are your primary guide for responding to a posted opening. The vast majority of positions require an online application with the exception of a few healthcare occupations therefore it is important to fully complete the online application process after which you should receive a system-generated confirmation via email.

If you are unable to comply with the application instructions and require assistance or if you have additional questions, you should contact the point of contact in the “Agency contact information” section at the bottom of the announcement.

The documents below are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. Acrobat Reader software can be downloaded for free.

VA Job Applications and Forms
Form Number Form Description
Download 10-2850 Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors
Download 10-2850A Application for Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, and Registered Nurse
Download 10-2850C Application for Associated Health Occupations
Download 10-2850D Application for Health Professions Trainees
Download OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment form
Download SF 15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference
Instructions for Faxing The How to Apply section of the job announcement will provide instructions for faxing documents, if it is an accepted method for submitting items for that job announcement.