Quote from kukukajoo
When I saw the heading before I read the post, I was thinking that maybe the VA doc was not a real licensed doc- if you work for the govt you dont need a license to practice- Doctor, nursing, and aides!!
This statement is inaccurate. Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and all other licensed healthcare professionals working for the federal government, military healthcare system and/or VA must indeed be licensed. It is not required that they hold a license issued by the state in which they are practicing, but they must hold a current license issued by a state or territory of the US. This is a matter of practicality, as employees of the federal government, military, and VA are often transferred, which would present an undue burden if they were required to re-license in order to practice in another state or territory.
Physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals practicing in our federal system are "real", they are not inferior to those of us practicing in the private sector.
Nurses aides are not licensed anywhere. Certification is required in some states, not all, and is not equal to licensure.