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The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,233 health care facilities, including 168 VA Medical Centers and 1,053 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving more than 8.9 million Veterans each year.


Why Choose VA


Abraham Lincoln created the Department of Veterans Affairs with the most noble of missions: To care for him who shall borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan. Every day, more soldiers leave the battlefield headed for home – men and women who sacrificed their bodies and, in some cases, their minds defending the dignity, honor and safety of those at home.


When you work at VA, you will have a comfortable salary, comprehensive benefits and great work/life balance, just like the private sector. But, VA has something that no other health care system does: the opportunity to serve Veterans. As the largest health care system in the U.S., the career opportunities are endless, matched with the fulfillment that comes with caring for these brave men and women.


After all, their incredible sacrifices protected our freedoms. So to us, being able to give back to them is an honor and privilege. No matter the professional path you pursue, your contributions here will be essential to improving the health of Veterans across the U.S. Their needs will be your call to action. And their gratitude will remind you that we’re all in this together.


VA offers a robust benefits package that is unmatched in the private sector. For travel positions, benefits may vary based on the length and type of appointment you accept. Read more to learn about our employment benefits: https://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp


Work/Life Balance


We know that a well-rested medical staff has a direct impact on producing positive patient outcomes. And we also know that the first step in providing superior patient care is taking care of our employees. As such, we’ve gone through great lengths to provide them with a superior work/life balance, which is not easily matched—or even available—in the private sector.


The work/life balance that we’re referring to allows physicians to spend more time on medicine, and less time on business tasks. It also provides predictable scheduling for nurses, and the assurance that their weeks don’t advance past 60-hours. And for physicians, it means reduced paperwork, the elimination of billing hassles, and lifting the burden of liability coverage.


More important, we offer our VA employees generous vacation and personal leave, including:

  • 13 to 26 days of paid annual (vacation/personal) leave, depending on their profession (Annual leave begins to accrue immediately and can be used as it is earned.)
  • 13 days of sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 10 paid Federal holidays
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act and the Family Friendly Leave Act allow employees to balance their work and family lives by taking reasonable amounts of leave for medical reasons, for the birth or adoption/foster care of a child, and for the care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serious health problem
  • The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program allows Federal employees to donate annual leave to other Federal employees who are experiencing a medical emergency
  • Up to 15 days a year for authorized military leave for active reservists and National Guard members


It’s these types of advantages that often prompt many experienced health care professionals to leave the private sector, and come to work for the VA health care system. Won’t you consider making the switch today?


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