Nursing at VA
Deeper Compassion. Higher Purpose.
Nurses are at the heart of our world-class, patient-centered standard of care. Day in and day out, they go the extra mile to make a lasting difference in the lives of our Veterans and their families.
As part of Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), nurses play a crucial role in Veterans’ long-term, holistic health. They work collaboratively across disciplines and treatment settings with a designated medical team—and other community resources—to help coordinate the full spectrum of patient care. And they do it all with a gentle humility and patience that keeps Veterans’ spirits lifted.
Spotlight on Nursing Careers
Reasons to Work at VA
Sure, there are lots of places you could build a health care career. But VA can offer you greater challenge, opportunity, teamwork and satisfaction unlike any other. Here are just a few of the many ways a career at VA stands out from the crowd:
Training and Development
As the nation’s largest employer of nurses, VA has a rich history of investing in nurses’ learning and career pursuits. From student employment to residency and orientation programs, we’re proud to help our nurses forge clear paths to greater success.
The VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program — VALOR gives outstanding registered nursing students who have completed their junior year in an accredited clinical program the opportunity to develop their skills at a VA-approved health care facility. Learning opportunities include didactic or classroom experiences, competency-based clinical practice with a qualified RN preceptor, and participation in nursing-focused clinical conferences.
More than 50% of VALOR participants are hired as new registered nurses in VA and usually start above the entry-level salary rate established for new graduates. This is because VALOR participants are already oriented to VA and its practice requirements. Contact the nursing education department at your local medical center for more information about the VALOR Program and how to apply.
Guidance Through Every Milestone
What you could accomplish with VA extends far beyond a career. It’s a calling—a passion for serving Veterans. That’s why we’re proud to invest in your future and offer avenues to further develop your unique talent, so you can realize your greatest impact possible.