preston<quoted text>there has been a shortage of doctors as long as I can remember in our area since it is very improvished. I remember when many of the local doctors begged me to be a doctor and they would pay for all of my expenses.
but getting back to the VA, ours are using many PAs to do the work of doctors and asking retired doctors in the area to donate their time to help with the overload of recent veterans returning from war.
Cathie has been offered over 100.oo an hour to work in Intensive Care since they use no LPNs or aides, only Reg. nurses and those with Masters are much in demand as supervisors
We still have enough doctors. PAs are not used yet....But our surgical and emergency services were cut back and centralized so we would have to drive(or be driven) to a VA hospital 4 hours farther away....(It already takes 1 hour 45 minutes to drive to "main" hospital).