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VA Nursing Service: Excellence in Patient-Driven Care

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Components of VA Nursing

Professional nursing supports the mission of the VA health care system by providing state-of-the-art, cost-effective nursing care to patients and families as they respond to illness and health issues.

VA Nursing Service integrates a wide array of services, encompassing patient care, clinical practice, education, research, and administration.

In addition to medical, surgical and psychiatric units, VA nurses work in intensive care, spinal cord injury, geriatric, dialysis, blind rehabilitation, specialty care (such as diabetes clinics), hospice, domiciliary, oncology, and organ transplant units.

VA nurses provide a continuum of care across primary, ambulatory, acute, geriatrics, rehabilitation, and extended care settings. They work in outpatient clinics, nursing home units, and home-based primary care programs.

VA nurses proudly serve America’s heroes by practicing the art and science of nursing in order to provide holistic, evidence-based, high quality care.

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77,000 Nurses Caring for America’s Veterans

Join us in celebrating the men and women who serve this country by caring for its Veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has one of the largest nursing staffs of any health care system in the world.

Numbering more than 77,000 nationwide, the VA integrated nursing team provides comprehensive, complex, and compassionate care to our nation’s Veterans.

National Nurses Week is celebrated every year beginning May 6th and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

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 health care to those who served America.

The VA nursing team is composed of Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPNs/LVNs), and nursing assistants.

VA Nursing provides the largest clinical training and cooperative education opportunities in association with undergraduate and graduate programs at numerous colleges and universities.

In the 1990s, VA provided clinical experiences to one out of every four professional nursing students in the country. VA nurses are highly valued members and leaders of the health care team, contributing their knowledge and expertise to the care of patients.

In addition to clinical care, VA Nursing is also a significant part of advancing research in VA and keeping up with the latest technological innovations. Nurse researchers help to promote inclusion of evidence into practice to provide quality care for Veterans.

VA nurses also play a considerable role in emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery. Interested in a career as VA nurse? Start here: VA Careers