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:
- 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.
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