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VA Travel Nurse Corps (TNC) - Background

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2007 was a 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). 

In 2013 the VA Travel Nurse Corps Program (TNC) merged with the VA Locum Tenens (LT) Program to form the VHA Interim Staffing Program.  The VA National Leadership Council (NLC) directed the two programs to combine and continue efforts of the program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 under the direction of VA Central Office (VACO).  The NLC also directed the LT and the TNC programs to become self-sustaining, meaning that the VISNs/facilities must reimburse the LT and TNC program for the cost of services provided.