Nursing at the NIH Clinical Center

Veterans Incentive Program (VIP)



The first 4 individuals comprising the Veterans Incentive Program (VIP) pilot group have been selected. They are assigned to various patient care units in the NIH Clinical Center and are currently enrolled in classes toward attaining nursing degrees. Applications for VIP are currently not being accepted.

The VIP is a pilot program offering prior and transitioning Corpsmen and Medics the opportunity to use the training they received while serving in the military and apply it to the unique setting of the NIH Clinical Center, a research hospital located in Bethesda, MD.

Individuals selected for the program will be hired as a GS 5, 6, or 7 Patient Care Technician depending on previous experience and education. Each position is a not to exceed (NTE) 13 month appointment with full federal benefits.

Each appointment may be extended up to a total of 4 years allowing individuals to complete their education and become licensed registered nurses.

Participants will be eligible to apply for financial support to continue their education in pursuit of a nursing degree.

Individuals who successfully complete the program, receive their nursing degree and become state licensed will be encouraged to apply for a permanent nursing position at the NIH Clinical Center as a Clinical Research Nurse.

Please continue to check the web site regularly for updates regarding future VIP opportunities.

To stay updated about VIP, including notifications when this program starts accepting applications, or other Clinical Center Nursing Department notices, sign up online.

Program contact:
CAPT Chad Koratich, Veterans Incentive Program Director,, (301) 594-5321.