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Clinician-Applicant FAQs

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  1. Who is eligible to apply?
  2. I am getting out of the military. Can I apply?
  3. How much will I be paid?
  4. What is included in the compensation package?
  5. What places can I go?
  6. Are there options for full-time employee positions? Part-time employee positions?
  7. How often will I work?
  8. Will there be Orientation?
  9. What type of lodging does the ISP provide?
  10. How do I apply and who do I contact for my specific questions?

1. Who is eligible to apply?
Answer:  Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, with unrestricted licenses and with at least one year of current professional experience are eligible to apply.  Current VA clinicians may be eligible to transfer to the ISP.  All candidates must meet the basic requirements for an intermittent appointment to the Veterans Health Administration, including US citizenship.

2. I am getting out of the military. Can I apply?
Answer:  Yes!  Thank you for your prior service!  VA clinicians embrace a special mission in helping care for our nation’s Veterans.  The VA ISP offers the opportunity to continue traveling as you work at various VA facilities throughout the agency.

3. How much will I be paid?
Answer: Your compensation package will be determined per VA regulations and may be based on your education, experience, grade and home-of-record.

4. What is included in the compensation package?
Answer: Compensation is based on VA regulations, and includes salary and eligible benefits.  ISP clinician expenses for travel from the home-of-record to the VA facility work site, and per diem for expenses such as meals and laundry, may be covered in accordance with agency regulations.

5. What places can I go?
Answer: VHA ISP employees have been assigned to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and across the continental USA.   Your deployment-destination options will be determined by VHA facility requests for service

6. Are there options for full-time employee positions? Part-time employee positions?
Answer: ISP clinical positions are generally intermittent, time-limited positions.  Assignments are typically 3 months in length, though these may vary.  A minimum number of deployments per year is expected. 

7. How often will I work?
Answer: Assignments generally last 13 weeks or more, depending on the needs of the assigned health care facility.  The ISP office will work with you to schedule each assignment.

8. Will there be Orientation?
Answer: Absolutely!  VA medical centers are high-tech facilities. Orientation will review VA Health Care System and its operations, ICARE principles and the special needs of Veterans, and VA informatics.  You will build on your knowledge as you work assignments throughout the country.

9. What type of lodging does the ISP provide?
Answer: You may choose the type of lodging that best-suits your needs, in accordance with VA travel regulations.  Depending on your location, your options may include hotels, extended-stay suites, apartments, and parking for your recreational vehicle (RV).  Lodging sites must accept the VA government rates and the VA travel card. We will work with you on your lodging needs.

10. How do I apply and who do I contact for my specific questions?
Answer: If you are interested in the VHA Interim Staffing Program, attach your curriculum vitae to e-mail and send to LocumTenens@va.gov, or contact the respective program: 


Locum Tenens Program 602-626-7947
Travel Nurse Corps at 602- 626-5611