VA needs 8,500 nurses to help address understaffing

07/21/2014 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Acting Veterans Administration Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that the $17.6 billion the VA needs to fix its appointment backlog problems will partly go to pay for hiring 8,500 nurses and about 1,500 physicians to address "shortfalls in clinical staff." Recruiting that many clinicians may be difficult due to shortages of some types of nurses.

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