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3 Reasons to Consider Locum Tenens with the VA

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Our nation’s veterans served and sacrificed to protect our freedom. Now they deserve high quality care, and the Veterans Health Administration provides that to millions of veterans each year. As the largest health care system in the country, the VA operates thousands of hospitals, clinics, outpatient sites and other facilities—offering endless career opportunities for locum tenens clinicians.

What are the benefits of joining the VA? We examine three big ones here.

Perfect for Any Stage in Your Career

Whether you are new to locum tenens work or new to practicing entirely, positions with the VA will help you expand your clinical skills and expose you to some of the most technologically advanced medical settings in the country. If you are a seasoned practitioner, federal facilities often come with room for growth and opportunities to teach. Based on your position and the length of contract, you can expect a robust benefits package from VA work.

Streamlined Credentialing

As with other government locum tenens assignments, VA locum tenens work requires only one active, non-restricted state license to practice across the country. VetPro—the VA’s nationwide internal credentialing system—offers an online experience to cut down on the amount of paperwork involved. There will still be paperwork to complete, but working through an established locums firm can make the process easier.

Once your credentials are accepted, your path to future locum tenens assignments will be even smoother as each VA will utilize your VetPro file.

A Professional Gift

In an earlier post, we heard from a locum tenens clinician how there is always something to learn from our ex-military personnel. The opportunity to create connections with veteran patients is what sets VA locum tenens work apart.

Other government work can be similarly rewarding—both personally and professionally. Check out our complete guide to government locum tenens to learn more.

For Help Getting Started…

Working a government assignment through VISTA gives you access to our helpful credentialing team. They will complete as much of the pre-application as possible and organize required documents for your review and signatures, after which the facility will send you a second set of paperwork, applications and instructions to go online to complete and submit through VetPro. Acting as a liaison between you and the facility, VISTA’s credentialing team makes sure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

If you’re ready to explore a government locum tenens assignment, visit our job board or contact us.

Giving Back through Government Locum Tenens

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VISTA Staffing Solutions has over thirty years of experience providing award-winning customer service to clients and providers alike. Headquartered in Salt Lake City with additional offices in Atlanta and Houston, and employs approximately 1,000 people between corporate staff and field clinicians and contracts with over 2,500 physicians across 60+ specialties and subspecialties. VISTA helps U.S. hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies optimize their physician staffing, ensure quality and continuity of care for patients, and maintain financial stability. As a leading provider of U.S. Locum Tenens and Permanent Physician Search Services, VISTA also operates VISTA Select, a first-of-its-kind technology and services solution utilizing advanced data and analytics to provide healthcare organizations with customizable workforce optimization solutions.