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VA Western New York Healthcare System


VA Celebrates Nurses Week

May 1, 2015

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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 “Ethical Practice, Quality Care” 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 VA Western New York Healthcare System will be honored with award ceremonies.


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 2015 Nursing Excellence recipients.


Cindy Norton-Ortiz, Registered Nurse, works as a Nurse Manager in the Maple Lodge Community Living Center in Batavia. Cindy resides in East Bethany NY.


Peggy Stanley, Registered Nurse, cares for Veterans who reside in the Willow Lodge Community Living Center in Buffalo.  Peggy is a resident of Akron NY.


Lucy Stevens, Licensed Practical Nurse, care for Veterans who reside in the Oak Lodge Community Living Center in Buffalo.  Lucy resides in Elba NY.


Carla Dobbs, Nursing Assistant, works in the Adult Day Health Care program. Carla 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.


For more about VA nurses, contact Kim Szymanski at 716-862-6709, or check the web at