Results of Survey of Current and Former Veterans Administration Health Care Workers

HRD-77-94: Published: May 9, 1977. Publicly Released: May 9, 1977.

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A survey of present and former employees in selected occupations in the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the Veterans Administration concerned causes of job satisfaction or dissatisfaction, reasons for accepting government health care jobs, and the probability of changing jobs within a year. Questionnaires were sent to 362 former employees, of whom 186 responded, and to 2,527 present employees, of whom 2,099 responded.

Benefits and salary were the two principal reasons given by both former and present employee respondents for accepting the job. Other major reasons included needing a job, wanting to work in the federal service, and wanting to work in a health care career. The majority of both former and present employee respondents were satisfied with their salary and benefits. Job stability, the ability of fellow workers, and the type of patients were aspects of the work assignments with which most former and present employees were satisfied. About 30 percent of the present employee respondents were either undecided or anticipating a job change within the next year. The major reasons for seeking a new job were wanting more opportunities for promotion, needing a higher salary, wanting more opportunities for career development, and wanting to get more education or training.

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