2007 was another banner year for innovation in VA Nursing. In the early spring, the Veterans Health Administration launched its VA Travel Nurse Corps Program (TNC). The Nursing Strategic Healthcare Group (NSHG), the National Nurse Executive Council (NNEC) Workgroup Goal 4 on Workforce Development, Headquarters Leadership, Network Director, Facility Directors, Nurses, Health Care Clinical and Administrative staff from around the country and many others came together to make the VA Travel Nurse Corps Program a reality!
The idea for a VA sponsored travel nurse corps was recommended from VA voices in the field many years ago. As early as 2001, the NSHG and the VA Nursing Commission in the publication "A Call to Action - VA's Response to the National Nursing Shortage," gave merit to the idea. It was viewed as a strategy to decrease the nursing shortage in the VA. In 2004 with input from a variety of sources to include VA staff nurses, supervisors, educators, human resource personnel, finance personnel, and labor partners, the NNEC Workgroup Goal 4 on Workplace Development birthed the initial structure and outline for the program known today as the VA Travel Nurse Corps Program (TNC).