- July 4, 2013
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A pilot program sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs is allowing former corpsmen and medics to work in San Diego-area emergency rooms. Under the Intermediate Care Technician program, military veterans work under the supervision of a doctor or nurse, reported ABC10 News. “They can do everything from applying splints to suturing lacerations, take blood or start IVs, something that would require taking a nurse or doctor away from the more urgent things they’re needed for,” said Nancy Howerton, VA emergency room nurse manager. Without the program, the veterans would not be able to work in a hospital. Many of the intermediate care technicians in the program are attending school to become certified.