Distinguished Associate Award
Jennifer M. Ballard-Hernandez, DNP, AACC, awarded American College of Cardiology 2020 Distinguished Associate Award for her nationally-recognized work
2020 Year of the Nurse
The many faces of VA nurses. We celebrate your incredible work and accomplishments!
2020 Year of the Nurse
Announcing winners of the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Nursing
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. Reasons Nurses Love to Work at the VA
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.
- Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
- Clinical Practice Program (Field Advisory Committees)
- Emergency Management
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:
- RN Transition to Practice
- VA Nursing Academic Partnerships (VANAP)
- VA Nursing Careers
- VA Travel Nurse Corps (locum tenens)
- Nursing Excellence Collaborative (PTE®/Magnet®)
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.