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Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring

Celebrating Nurses Week 2012

Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring at Portland VA Medical Center. Celebrating Nurses Week May 6-12, 2012.

By Stephanie Sorenson MN, RN--Assistant Nurse Manager, Community Living Center
Friday, May 4, 2012

Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. As nurses, we work in many areas of practice. We have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

Background: National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

PVAMC Nurses: In the Portland VA Medical Center, our Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and our home health staff we have 640 Registered Nurses, 61 Nurse Practitioners, 10 Clinical Nurse Specialists, 122 Licensed Practical Nurses and 109 Nursing Assistants.  Here’s an interesting fact:  PVAMC has 81 nurses who have worked here 25 years or more!  That is a total of 2,254 years of very dedicated nursing care to our Veterans. 

PVAMC also recognizes our Nurses annually with the VA Secretary’s Awards in Nursing Excellence. We recognize our nurses within the following four categories, RN in an expanded nurse role, RN in a staff nurse role, Licensed Practical Nurse and the Nursing Assistant role.  The recipients of this award have been nominated by their peers for their active engagement in the care of Veterans that are patient driven and demonstrate excellence.  Patient driven isn’t a buzzword, it compels the health care team to view individualized care needs through the eyes of the patient.  Actually, the patient is a leader and negotiating partner in a coordinated, interdisciplinary shared decision-making process with the health care team. Demonstrating excellence in nursing is more than knowing what to do in given situations, it’s going above and beyond
The winners in each category are then considered for VISN recognition and National Recognition.  Last year Christy Locke DNP, CNS, won all three! in the RN  expanded role.  Winners for this year’s award will be announced during nurses week.



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