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)


Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge
EBenefits Badge
Pause Play
Alan Bernstein wins award

2016 Secretary's Award

Chief Nursing Officer Linda McConnell, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, announced by Dr. Shulkin

Learn more »

Secretary's Award Winners

2016 Secretary's Award

Linda Gibson, Arlene Imes, Gerard Hannibal, Stefanie Coffey, Alan Bernstein, and Kaye Green

Learn more »

Chief Nurse Linda McConnell

Chief Nursing Officer Named

Chief Nursing Officer Linda McConnell, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, announced by Dr. Shulkin

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. 




New VA Nursing Book!

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.





VA Nursing BookNew VA Nursing Book!

The VA Office of Nursing Services is proud to announce the release of the book, Realizing the Future of Nursing: VA Nurses Tell Their Story. This remarkable compilation of stories and experiences described by 145 VA nurses, physicians, and associated healthcare staff; and community partners in both academia and business, provides an extraordinary view into the nation's largest healthcare system. There are many moving narratives that focus on specific innovations designed to improve the quality and safety of Veteran care from the "headquarters" perspective. In addition, individual VA staff shared their unique experiences from the "field" perspective. Taken together, these create a powerful picture of remarkable commitment and dedication, extreme challenges, and exceptional success.

The 27 chapters contained within this book will provide healthcare executives with a unique road-map for ground-breaking strategic approaches to leadership, communication, evidenced-based practice, academic partnerships, utilizing data to drive improvements and add value, and the development of a team-based, non-traditional, highly adaptable and functional workforce.

The stories told in this book reflect the hard work and dedication of the Veterans Affairs nurses who provide care to our nation’s heroes. Four key messages outlined in the book help explain the important role of VA nurses.

  • Key Message 1: Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training;
  • Key Message 2: Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression;
  • Key Message 3: Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States;
  • Key Message 4: Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information structure.

The book is available in both paperback and electronic versions. Please go to the US Government Publications Office website to order and download your copy!

US Government Publications Office Site:

ISBN for Realizing the Future of Nursing: VA Nurses Tell Their Story

EPub ISBN: 978016093027-0 GPO Stock Number: 051-300-00001-7
MOBI ISBN: 978016093028-7 GPO Stock Number: 051-300-00002-5
Paperback ISBN: 9780160930270 GPO Stock Number: 051-000-00252-1