VA anticipates hiring 105,000 by end of 2011
If you've watched the Olympics or other big events on television in recent weeks, then you've likely seen ads with doctors and nurses talking about careers with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The department plans to hire a mix of medical professionals and clerical staffers to fill roughly 105,000 positions by the end of 2011. The total includes about 90,000 people to replace retiring workers, 10,000 new hires this year and another 5,700 in 2011, according to Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould.
"It’s a big number and a great opportunity for us to try to attract our fair share of the best and brightest," Gould said during an interview on Monday.
VA's new $12.4 million ad campaign specifically targets interested nurses and doctors with messages airing in English and Spanish.
"I'm proud to be a health-care professional with VA," says the nurse in the ad above. "Our work truly fulfills America's promise to take care of our veterans. And that's rewarding. I can use my current license to work for VA anywhere in the U.S. And since it's one of the world's most advanced health-care systems, we can get to the heart of what our patients really need."
Virtually unanimous political support for the department's planned growth should calm the nerves of weary applicants, Gould said.
"I’ve yet to find on either side of the aisle a politician who hasn’t asked me the question, What can we do to help our veterans? So you’re going to a place and an organization that I think is bound for growth," he said.
It takes roughly 102 days to complete the VA application process, but Gould said the department plans to eventually cut that period to 60 days.
"We have a lot of middle-level managers who have to learn how to do this in a different way," Gould said, adding that the department plans to devote a considerable amount of time to how it hires and retains workers.
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| February 22, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
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