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.

Nurses play a crucial role in Veterans’ long-term, holistic health. They work collaboratively across disciplines and treatment settings with designated medical teams—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

Registered Nurse Transition-To-Practice (RNTTP) Residency Program


Explore the country, and VA, as a travel nurse. Join our Travel Nurse Corps and go on short-term assignments at VA medical centers throughout the United States and its territories.

If you’re flexible, mobile, and able to take at least 3 assignments per year, the Travel Nurse Corps might be for you.

These positions are temporary, intermittent appointments of about 13 weeks. You’ll typically work day, evening, or overnight shifts of 8 – 12 hours.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Be hired and on-boarded more quickly
  • Find a VA facility that is a good fit for you, if you wish to pursue a permanent position
  • Be a valued member of our health care team
  • Explore the country and meet a variety of Veterans who have served so diligently


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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:

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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.

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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.

Early Career Milestones
Mid Career Milestones
Advanced Career Milestones