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Secretary's Award winners: Maria VanHart (RN), Victoria Church (RN), Nicole Snow (LPN), Jonathan Lowman (HT), John Rohrer (Director), and Kelly Irving (Nurse Executive)

2021 Secretary's Award Winners

Secretary's Award winners: Maria VanHart, Victoria Church, Nicole Snow, Jonathan Lowman, John Rohrer, and Kelly Irving.

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Secretary McDonough and Assistant Under Secretary for Health/Chief Nursing Officer Taylor

2021 Award Ceremony

Secretary McDonough and Dr. Beth Taylor at virtual awards ceremony for 2021 Secretary's Award Winners

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Keri Darby

Keri Darby Wholistic Nurse

Keri Darby Recognized as Distinguished Scholar in Holistic Nursing

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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




Featuring VA Nurses

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.





Anabel QuintanarFeaturing VA Nurses

VA nurses are committed to providing excellent care for our nation's Veterans. Their work impacts patients, families, communities and the larger nursing and healthcare communitites.