About VA Nursing
ONS provides leadership, guidance, and strategic direction on all issues related to nursing practice and workforce that impact Veterans.
Chief Nursing Officer Named
The Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health is pleased to announce that Donna Gage, PhD., RN, NE-BC, has been appointed as Chief Nursing Officer.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.