“We need tens of thousands of new doctors, new nurses, new clinicians,” VA Secretary Bob McDonald told reporters Monday at news conference.
McDonald recently launched a national recruiting campaign, and is leading the charge by speaking directly with medical students, military medical professionals and others who can bring their experience to work at VA.
“What I have heard from our doctors and nurses is there’s no better patient than the Veteran. We have to get that inspiring story out,” McDonald said.
“I said, ‘Give me her phone number,’” McDonald recounted. “I called her three times.” The student arranged for McDonald to recruit from her medical school. “I think we’re pretty close to convincing her that the VA is a great place to work.”
McDonald has also been speaking with members of the military who are close to retiring from service about continuing their careers at VA. Here’s video of one of those phone calls.
Expanding its recruitment and retention efforts to fill staffing needs and attract the best and brightest medical professionals to serve Veterans is just one of the key actions VA is taking on its “Road to Veterans Day.”
To better fulfill our mission and to improve our service to those who have “borne the battle,’” their families, and survivors, VA is implementing a series of strategies and actions that will enable the Department to rebuild trust with Veterans and the American people, improve service delivery and set the course for long-term excellence and reform.