US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

About US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VHA is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,250 health care facilities, including 172 medical centers and 1,069 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. VHA Medical Centers provide a wide range of services including traditional hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopedics, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy.

In addition, most of our medical centers offer additional medical and surgical specialty services including audiology & speech pathology, dermatology, dental, geriatrics, neurology, oncology, podiatry, prosthetics, urology, and vision care. Some medical centers also offer advanced services such as organ transplants and plastic surgery.

VHA is also the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research. More than 73,000 active volunteers, 127,000 health professions trainees, and approximately 15,000 affiliated medical faculty are also an integral part of the VHA community.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

June 2019 - September 2019 Hines, IL
“Interesting Research Immense learning opportunities personal connections”

Student Nurse Tech

May 2019 Durham, NC
“This summer I had the pleasure to partake in the VALOR (Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency) program summer externship at the Durham VA Medical Center. The VALOR program provided me an opportunity to work with an assigned preceptor during the summer to learn the roles of a registered nurse. The program prepared me for a career at the VA Medical Center working with Veterans. The program provided special experiences such as working in the intensive care unit, cardiac catheterization lab, shadowing with a nurse practitioner, and developing as well as presenting a project to nursing leadership. This externship enhanced my clinical skills, expanded my knowledge base, and most importantly elevated my confidence. ”
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