Recruiting Medical Military Veterans
Recruiting medical military veterans

Recruiting Medical Military Veterans

Memorial Day is set aside as a day to remember the soldiers who gave their lives for their country.  We’re facing a healthcare worker shortage projected to only go higher. That makes this a good time to consider recruiting medical military veterans trained in the full spectrum of medical professions. 

Military occupation specialties includes a vast spectrum of medical experience.  It includes primary care physicians, neurosurgeons, nurse practitioners, healthcare administrators, physical therapists, pharmacists, radiology technicians, medical logistician, and more.

The Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021 helps the VA recruit medical personnel within a year of service completion.  The HVHH act also spotlights medical talent, training and experience of military veterans that benefit civilian healthcare organizations.

Have you considered military veterans as a resource of diversity recruitment?  Veterans with the AMO credentials and licenses to practice as an LPN, RN, NP or PA have no barriers to recruitment.  In fact, they bring enhanced skills to the workplace.  In healthcare, those enhanced skills can be extremely attractive recruits to a hospital or healthcare system with similar core values.

Veterans commonly exhibit leadership skills and commitment combined with the ability to transform missions and tasks into results.  Many military veterans are trained financial managers, familiar with budget limitations and with complete utilization of all possible assets. 

Veterans are also trained to be mission driven, problem solvers and strategic thinkers.  Innovation that is encouraged in the field during military maneuvers, yields benefits in many healthcare situations.   Hospital emergency rooms, especially, can benefit from recruiting trained veterans. 

Emergency rooms can employ the honed adaptability coupled with an ability to work under crisis conditions.  Disaster readiness is status quo for an experienced military vet.  Rural and critical access hospitals especially might want to consider a veteran’s expert emergency service experience in under-resourced environments. 

In terms of your healthcare organization’s culture, military veterans are team-trained leaders.  They work in teams during their entire military service and carry that teamwork ethic into civilian workplaces.  Perhaps more than civilian healthcare workers, veteran employees have an entrenched comprehension of the chain of command eliminating workplace misunderstandings.

Obviously, there are some differences between civilian healthcare and military healthcare that suggest the need for a transition plan.  For instance, an onboarding program to cover the differences between military and civilian medical practices is strongly recommended.  To address this need, the Military created Transition Assistance Programs or TAPS.  Before a service member separates from military duty DoD, DoL and VA sponsored resources are available to facilitate civilian hiring. 

Numerous hospitals successfully hire veterans and find they are rewarded with efficient, innovative, problem solving healthcare workers.  If you think military veterans could play a bigger role in your healthcare organization, contact us to learn more about how we can help match military veterans who match your organizational culture.

Finding quality healthcare recruits is a complex, time consuming job.  When you contract PX3 Medical, we become your healthcare and executive staffing partner and strategist.  For information on how to how to locate optimum healthcare candidates, visit or call (925)948-8749.

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