If you’re exploring VA care opportunities, don’t miss a recent interview with San Juanita George, a human resources fellow at VA’s Travel Nurse Corps (TNC).
George shared information about the TNC program and the benefits of working as a travel nurse on “Talk About It Tuesday” (TAIT), a livestream dedicated to discussing VA career opportunities and advice that will air weekly at noon on EDT on our LinkedIn page.
A unique opportunity
TNC’s cadre of nurses work short -term assignments in VA facilities across the country – helping understaffed facilities maintain quality of care or support medical centers during emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working with the TNC offers an opportunity for newcomers and veteran nurses in the VA.
“One of the goals is to keep the nurses,” George shared. “We want to bring in new nurses, but we also want to keep nurses who have been with the VA for a long time, who may be considering leaving.”
“What I want to share when nurses call me is that it’s really different for everyone, because all nurses are in different positions in their lives,” George said as the discussion turned to the benefits of working in TNC. “There are new nurses, there are nurses who have been doing this for a long time, so it’s different.”
TNC nurses can travel, meet new people, enjoy the flexibility of their schedule and decide where they want to do their 13-week tour. This is also a great growth opportunity.
“They can see how other VAs are doing things, but it’s also an opportunity for them to share the best practices,” George explains. “It was very successful.”
The VA experience
“There’s a lot to like about the VA,” he said. “The mission we have is unique. Serving our country, serving our Veterans. Mission is important, but as you do this great mission, you will also enjoy all these great benefits.
George described the professional and personal advances he has made in his 16 -year career in the VA – his only career other than his eight years in the Army. Thanks to VA education opportunities, she explores special training and leadership courses, while also switching between different jobs, a flexibility she considers important.
In addition to the personal and professional benefits, George also took the time to note that his team in particular makes working in the VA a unique experience.
“We have a great team,” he said. “We are like a family, and we support each other. We understood the mission and did it well. ”
Worked in VA
If you are looking to explore the country and meet a variety of Veterans who are diligently serving, consider a moment with the TNC.