Explore the country, and VA, as a travel nurse. Through our Travel Nurse Corps, you can join an internal pool of registered nurses (RNs) who go on temporary, short-term assignments at VA medical centers throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The Travel Nurse Corps is one of many unique ways nurses can advance their careers at VA, where they are highly valued members and leaders of the health care team, contributing their knowledge and expertise to Veteran care.

A unique opportunity

If you’re flexible, mobile and able to take at least three assignments per year, this opportunity might be for you.

These positions are temporary, intermittent appointments, usually in medical centers with an explicit need for more staff. The shortest assignment is generally 13 weeks, with your first assignment selected by Corps administrators.

You’ll typically work an eight- to 12-hour day, evening or overnight shift. Some weekends and holidays may be required, with extra pay for these shifts. RNs in the Travel Nurse Corps can also earn overtime and premium pay, all in keeping with VA pay guidelines.

 A beneficial experience

In recruiting nurses to the Travel Nurse Corps, we’re seeking to reach a number of goals that will improve care for Veterans:

  • Maintain high standards of quality and safety.
  • Reduce the use of extra, outside staffing.
  • Support the delivery of VA health care in rural or underserved areas.
  • Provide options for experienced nurses considering leaving the VA system.
  • Create a potential pool of RNs for national emergency preparedness efforts.

There are numerous benefits for you as well. Through the Travel Nurse Corps experience, you can be hired and on-boarded more quickly than those applying for permanent positions.

You can get a feel for different VA facilities throughout our network, offering an opportunity to find one that is a good fit for a permanent placement. You may find you prefer facilities in more rural areas or establish that you prefer big city living, an experience you might not have explored otherwise.

This effort benefits VA as well by improving recruitment and reducing turnover, which allows us to keep familiar faces in our facilities, men and women like yourself that our Veterans have come to know and rely on.

Work at VA

If you’re looking to explore the country and meet a variety of Veterans who have served so diligently, this may be the opportunity for you.

NOTE: Positions listed in this post were open at the time of publication. All current available positions are listed at USAJobs.gov.

By VA Careers

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Published on Mar. 18, 2022

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  1. BEVERLY A HURST March 20, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    The VA hires LPNS across the board so why is travel nursing not open to them alao ????

  2. Samian March 19, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    How much do they pay? I looked up the FAQs and it didn’t specify.
    I like travel nursing because of how easy and transparent the pay and process are. Where are the rates posted for your travel assignments?

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