VA Celebrates National Nurse's Week May 6-12 - Columbia VA Health Care System
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Columbia VA Health Care System

 

VA Celebrates National Nurse's Week May 6-12

May 8, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the nation's largest single employer of nurses, joins the American Nurses Association in honoring America's nurses dedicated to saving lives and maintaining the health of millions of individuals, including our nation's heroes, during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

This year's Nurses Week theme is "Ethical Practice. Quality Care." and VA health care facilities throughout the country will pay tribute to the more than 90,000 nurses who, Timothy McMurry, Director, William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, describes as "The compassionate backbone of VA's world-class health care system."

Annually, National Nurses Week begins May 6, marked as Nurse Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, nurses at Dorn VAMC will be honored with a breakfast, luncheon, "retro" day, awards ceremony, and a nurse's night out talent show. 

Dorn VAMC is recognizing several nurses with the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Nursing.

Donna Becker - Non-Staff Nurse category. Donna is a Nurse Practitioner in our Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Greenville, SC.

Wendy Robinson - Staff Nurse category. Wendy is a Care Manager in primary care at Dorn VAMC, Columbia.

Sandra Roseburgh - Licensed Practical Nurse category. Sandra recently transitioned to primary care from the Dorn VAMC acute medical-surgical unit. 

Cynthia Randolph - Nursing Technician category. Cynthia is a hemodialysis technician at Dorn VAMC, Columbia. 

These special nurses will be recognized at a special awards ceremony on May 11, 2015. 

National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, work to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society and its veterans.

For more about VA nurses, contact the Dorn VAMC at 803-776-4000 X6661 or check the Web at http://www.va.gov/nursing/ .