On the heels of Independence Day, it is important to remember and honor the men and women who fought for the freedoms that we enjoy every day, America’s Veterans.
The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for Veterans of any nation in the world, with roots that can be traced back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. On March 3, 1865, a month before the Civil War ended and the day before his second inauguration, President Abraham Lincoln signed a law to establish a national soldiers and sailors asylum which evolved into the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Today, the VHA operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,200 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities with the mission “To care for those ‘who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan’ by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.”
Similar to other hospitals & clinics, VHA facilities are constantly in need of travel nurses and allied professionals to meet the medical requirements of the over 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. While working at a VHA facility helps to fill a need, there are a lot of benefits to working at a VHA facility as well.
Top 5 Reasons to Work at a VHA Facility
Professional Development: The VHA is consistently a high performer on quality indicators and clinical outcomes and is a continued leader in clinical innovation. The VHA performs about 400,000 surgical procedures a year and is a national leader in surgical quality. They are affiliated with over 1,800 unique educational institutions offering over 7,000 training programs.
Nationwide Opportunities: The VHA operates more than 1,200 sites of care across the U.S allowing for the opportunity to work and live anywhere.
Variety of Work Settings: The VHA has career opportunities in a variety of care-delivery settings including:
- Long-term care
- Outpatient clinics
- Mental health
- Home health
- Spinal Cord Injury
Great Work-Life Balance: Many VHA facilities have employee fitness centers on site as well as child care facilities at some promoting a healthy work-life balance.
Service to Country: For those nurses and allied professionals working at VA facilities who are not Veterans themselves, they view their work as an opportunity to serve their country. They also experience a great feeling of professional satisfaction serving our nation’s heroes.
As the largest health care system in the U.S., the career opportunities are endless within the VHA, matched with the fulfillment that comes with caring for America’s Veterans. After all, their incredible sacrifices protected our freedoms, so being able to give back to them is an honor and privilege and their gratitude will remind you that we are connected.
For more information about travel opportunities at VHA hospitals and medical facilities nationwide, contact MedPro Staffing today!