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Portland VA Medical Center looking to hire more nurses, medical assistants

The Portland VA Medical Center held a job fair this weekend looking to fill upwards of 20 positions.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland VA Medical Center held a job fair to hire 15 licensed practical nurses and 20 medical support positions.

Not unlike other health care fields, workers at the VA Medical Center have felt the pressure of COVID, too.

“It is true it has been a struggle for all the health care systems to include ours,” said Associate Director Brent Pharis. “We’ve got a great mission and we believe wholeheartedly in what we do so and so even though it’s been tough, I’m kind of biased - I think we have the best health care staff that you could ever come across.”

People who brought in their applications were able to take care of several steps in the hiring process that can sometimes take days.

“We’re actually doing the interviews here and moving them forward with our background security team so getting their fingerprints and getting their background started,” said Pharis.

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Micaela Vanorsow applied to be a medical support assistant, an entry-level job in health care. If she gets the job, she would work alongside her mother who has been at the VA for five years.

“It was great like the lady was really helpful like it was really cool yeah,” said Vanorsow.

The VA said, on average, they hire 80% of people who show up and are ready to apply.

If you weren’t able to make it to the job fair you can still apply online at usajobs.gov