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VA Awards Grant for Veterans Employment Pay for Success Program (12/9/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Innovation, together with the Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund, awarded the Veterans Employment Pay for Success (VEPFS) Program grant to the social investment firm, Social Finance, Inc.

VA National Cemeteries Now Offering Pre-Need Eligibility Determinations (12/8/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.

Medical School Association Praises VA's New National Veteran Health Equity Report (12/8/2016)

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), representing medical schools nationwide, is recognizing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiatives to advance equity in health care through VA's new National Veteran Health Equity Report. The National Veteran Health Equity Report advances understanding of the many factors to be considered when treating Veterans. The report can be used as a tool to set treatment goals for vulnerable Veterans in order to reduce health care disparities they experience. Clinicians in VA and in the private sector are already using the report to understand and better address health issues among diverse patient populations.

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Tips for reentering the health care industry

Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:03 +0000

It’s common for health care professionals to temporarily leave the industry, whether it’s to spend time raising a family or to work in a different field. And while transitioning back can be challenging, there are many ways to ensure that the process is both smooth and fulfilling. So with the New Year approaching, take these tips and make a successful return to your health care career in 2017.

Define Your Goals

Knowing where you want to go is the first step. With this in mind, reflect on what’s most important to you – professionally and personally. Then, do some research to figure out which roles best match your goals and interests. Once you’ve narrowed your search, consider volunteering in one or more of those areas to gain a better understating of all the responsibilities, expectations and benefits involved.

Update Your Knowledge and Skills

The health care industry is always changing, so you’ll need to get up to speed on what’s currently going on in your field of study. In many cases, you can take refresher courses to fulfill educational, re-licensure and other position requirements. If you want to pursue a completely new direction in health care, you may have to obtain a new degree or certification.

Move Forward with Confidence

You’ve already proven your potential to succeed in this industry before. And now that your goals are defined and your knowledge and skills are updated, you can go into your next interview with confidence. Let it show.

Ready to reenter the health care industry today? Explore our available positions and join us in caring for America’s Veterans. We also encourage you to volunteer at one of our facilities this holiday season. Not only is it a great way to give back, it’s an opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and skills.

Good luck and happy job hunting in the New Year!






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