VA Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12 - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System


VA Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12

May 2, 2014

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Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753 Cell: (716) 512-9338

VA Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12

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 during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

This year’s Nurses Week theme is “Nurses Leading the Way” and VA health care facilities throughout the country will pay tribute to their 90,000 nurses who VA Western New York Healthcare System Nurse Executive, Patricia Lind calls the nursing heroes who care for America’s Heroes.”

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on 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 the VA Western New York Healthcare System will be honored with an award ceremony and breakfast.

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs Award for Excellence in Nursing is given to a VA nurse or nursing assistant once in their nursing career and recognizes exemplary nursing care given to Veterans and their families. VA Western New York Healthcare System is pleased to announce the 2013 Nursing Excellence recipients.

Kathleen Vertino, Advance Practice Registered Nurse, who works as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Buffalo.  Kathleen resides in Buffalo, NY.

Colleen Murphy, Registered Nurse, works as a Clinical Nurse Expert in the Specialty Care Clinics in Buffalo.  Colleen is a resident of Buffalo, NY.

Cheryl Heferle, Licensed Practical Nurse, who works in the Partial Hospital Program and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center in Buffalo.  Cheryl resides in Derby, NY.

Donald Swaggard, Nursing Assistant, works in the Intensive Care unit in Buffalo.  Donald is a resident of Buffalo, NY.

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 primary care where health promotion is encouraged, 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.

If you are interested in becoming a VA nurse, contact Leslie Simonian at 716-862-6709, or check the web at