VA Travel Nurse : Serving Those Who Served You


As a retired Army Nurse Corp veteran I have a great deal of love and respect for our veterans. I spent the most of my time in the reserve and national guard. I was then able to continue working as a nurse in the civilian health care system. There has been much in the news over the past couple of years regarding the care of our veterans.

There is much work to do to improve conditions. I liked however to see that in early spring 2007, the Veterans Health Administration launched its VA Travel Nurse Corps Program (TNC). Working with and for America’s Veterans is a privilege. And I am happy to learn that there is an opportunity  for those who like to travel to work in the VA system.

VA Travel Nurse Corps Program (TNC)

As stated by the Veterans Health Administration website, the VA Travel Nurse Corps Program (TNC) is a VA operated internal pool of Registered Nurses. These nurses are available for temporary short term assignments at VA Medical Centers throughout the country.

The goals of the program are to maintain high standards of patient care quality and safety; reduce the use of outside supplemental staffing, improve recruitment of new nurses into the VA system. The program also improves retention by decreasing turnover of newly recruited nurses. It supports the delivery of VA health care in rural or under served areas. Likewise, it provides alternatives for experienced nurses considering leaving the VA system. Last but not least, it can establish a potential pool of Registered Nurses for national emergency preparedness efforts. The VA Travel Nurse Corps Program serves as a model for an expanded multidisciplinary VA travel corps.

TNC RNs will be selected from the VA and from the private sector. TNC RNs will be assigned to interested facilities throughout Veterans Health Administration. Assignment lengths will be flexible to meet facilities’ varying needs. RNs selected for the program will be appointed as intermittent nurses. These intermittent nurses will be paid for the time they work. They also receive travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses competitive with the private sector and in accordance with VA regulations. Nurses new to VA will receive training on the special needs of Veterans, VA procedures and policies. They will also get the computerized patient record system, bar coded medication administration, emergency response training/certification, and the VA health care system in general.

VA Travel Nurse Compensation

Compensation will be based on experience and credentials of the individual nurse and other appropriate VA regulations. The travel nurse benefits package includes:

  • Salary
  • Paid orientation
  • Travel to and from home to assignment
  • Lodging at first-rate apartments and hotels
  • Daily stipend for meals and incidentals
  • Laundry and telephone support
  • Shift/weekend differentials/ holiday worked pay


VA Registered Nurses including the VA Travel Nurse Corps with current, unrestricted license may practice in any VA medical facility.  When traveling from one VA Medical Center to another, you will not need to continually apply for endorsement of your license. This is just another benefit of working at a VA Medical Center.

BLS (Basic Life Support) required from American Heart Association and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) needed for Critical Care.

If serving those who have served you is something you would love to do, check out travel opportunities at their web site: 

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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a Registered Nurse and retired US Army Reserve Nurse Major. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career, she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and to South Korea. She was trained as an Army Medic during the Vietnam era and later as an OR tec. She went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and then completed her nursing training as a Registered Nurse. She was then commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and work in other medical facilities. During her career, she had the opportunity to work in several specialties to include, OR, Occupational Health, Hospice, Sexual Assault Team, Forensic/ Correctional Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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