Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Office of Nursing Services (ONS)

Menu
Menu

Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge
EBenefits Badge
Pause Play
Dr. Kasper Named to Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Hall of Fame

Dr. Kasper Wins Award

Dr. Kasper Named to Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Hall of Fame

Learn more »

Secretary McDonald Speaking at NOVA Annual Meeting

Secretary McDonald at NOVA

Secretary McDonald speaks at NOVA Annual Meeting

Learn more »

NOVA Meeting attendees with Dr. Gage and Secretary McDonald

Attendees at 2015 NOVA Meeting

Nicole Marcy Bloom, VA San Diego HCS, Secretary Robert A. McDonald, Valarie Moorer, Hampton VAMC, and Chief Nursing Officer Donna Gage

Learn more »

 

This site provides information and resources for the nursing community and professional colleagues in related fields. Its purpose is to promote awareness of current nursing practices, products, and services within the VA nursing community.

VA Nursing is a dynamic, diverse group of honored, respected, and compassionate professionals. VA is the leader in the creation of an organizational culture where excellence in nursing is valued as essential for quality healthcare for those who served America. 

Practice

Workforce/Learning

Research/EBP

Advancing Knowledge

Chris Engstrom with Donna ShalalaPractice

Photo at left is Chris Engstrom, PhD, CRNP, AOCN, Acting Chief Nursing Officer with Keynote Speaker Donna Shalala, PhD, FAAN at the IOM Meeting: Back to the Future of Nursing (December, 2013).

VA Nursing Practice provides Veteran healthcare across a continuum of services for acute and chronic conditions in hospital, ambulatory, and skilled nursing settings. To improve Veteran access to care, nurses help create new models of care like the Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Teams (VA’s Patient Centered Medical Home), introduce new nursing roles like the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), and advance existing roles, like the use of RN Care Managers to coordinate care. VA Nurses share lessons learned, tools, and evidence-based practices across the system. They engage in emergency management and disaster preparedness both in VA and beyond. And VA Nurses are integrally involved in the greater federal, national, and international communities of nursing: advocating for informed nursing practice so we can constantly improve nursing care for our nation’s heroes with our nursing colleagues.



VA Nursing Practice

VA nurse at Veteran's bedsideWorkforce/Learning

The Workforce Management efforts promote policies and national initiatives that create the elements to ensure VA employs the best nursing professionals and personnel to help advance VAs goals for patient driven, safe, effective, high quality care. Some initiatives include:



Workforce/Learning Resources

Nurse Investigator with patientResearch/EBP

The goal of research in the VA is to advance knowledge in health care for Veterans and the nation and to build capacity for high quality research that informs evidence-based nursing practice and builds nursing science.

 

 

 

 

Joletta Phillips, CNL at SummitAdvancing Knowledge

VA Nurses continue to advance the knowledge of the greater national nursing communities through their work.  VA Nurses publish, present oral and poster presentations at conferences, and deliver a variety of educational offerings through our academic affiliates and via webinars within VA and beyond.  Below is an abridged list of examples of the knowledge VA Nurses are creating and sharing.

  • Joletta Phillips, MSN, RN, CNL, (photo above) at 2015 Clinical Nurse Leader Summit. Also presenting were Dr. Donna Gage, VA Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Pat Quigley, Associate Director of the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, and Dr. Marjory (Micki) Williams.
  • Mary E. Holtschneider RN-BC BSN MPA NREMT-P CPLP received the 2014 Under Secretary for Health’s Excellence Award for Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Practice. She developed and implemented a stroke code process, and helped VISN 6 grow their simulation capacity and code response team training programs.



See more accomplishments of VA Nurses

.