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2023 AAN Fellows Dr. Danilo Lovinaria and Dr. Heidi Maloni

AAN New VA Fellows Announced

VA would like to congratulate the VA nurses who have been recognized for their significant contributions.

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2023 AANP Fellows Kristin Kopelson and Karen Williams

AANP New VA Fellows Announced

VA would like to congratulate the VA nurse practitioners who have been recognized for their significant contributions.

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2023 FAANP Legacy Award for Dr. Cathy St. Pierre

2023 FAANP Legacy Award

VA would like to congratulate Dr. Cathy St. Pierre for receiving the FAANP Legacy Award.

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Office of Nursing Services (ONS)

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 (pdf)

VA Nurses Making Music - Freedom Sings USA

For Nurses Month 2024, and in partnership with Freedom Sings USA, the Office of Nursing Services paired 10 combat-Veteran VA nurses with professional songwriters to help share their military and VA nursing experiences in original music. Once paired with a songwriter, the VA nurses shared their individual stories while the songwriters transitioned these stories into very personal and powerful musical expressions.

The result, From the Battlefield to the Bedside

To listen for free, please visit: Freedom Sings USA – VA Nurses

This very emotional process has also been captured in a documentary film, please view at: From the Battlefield to the Bedside: Honoring VA Nurses Who Served in Combat

Freedom sings USA, music arts therapy for veterans since 2014

Office of Nursing Services - 2023 Annual Report

The Office of Nursing Services (ONS) is pleased to announce the release of the 2023 Annual Report. In addition to sharing collective achievements aligned to the Nursing Workforce Strategic Plan, you’ll find Nursing by the Numbers, Celebrating Success, Cherished Memories and several vignettes showcasing Freedom Sings USA - VA Veteran Nurses Share Their Stories Through Song. Most notably, all photographs included are of actual VA nurses, and represent our exceptionally diverse workforce who all have one thing in common: Honoring the Veteran through Excellence in Healthcare Delivery. For any question please contact:

2023 Annual Report Display Photo

2023 ONS Annual Report

Healthcare Acquired Pneumonia Prevention by Engaging Nurses (HAPPEN)

Recognized as a Diffusion of Excellence Gold Status Practice and a 2020 Gears of Government President's Award Winner, Healthcare Acquired Pneumonia Prevention by Engaging Nurses (HAPPEN) posits that by simply ensuring adequate oral care, twice a day, nurses can help prevent pneumonia development in hospitalized patients. At present, VA Medical Centers are actively leveraging HAPPEN pneumonia prevention principles. As such, VA nurses are successfully reducing non-device associated pneumonia rates across VA by providing consistent oral care likely saving lives, improving clinical outcomes and reducing healthcare costs. Early results are also demonstrating a reduction in community acquired pneumonia rates. The following HAPPEN Tool Kit resources will provide those essential items necessary for local implementation. VA encourages all public/private healthcare facilities consider the HAPPEN program for implementation, for any question please contact:

VA ONS Travel Corps (ONS-TC) Program

The ONS Travel Corps Program (ONS-TC) is a VA operated internal pool of Registered Nurses available for temporary assignments throughout the Veterans Health Administration. The goals of the program are to maintain high standards of patient care quality and safety; reduce the use of outside supplemental staffing; improve recruitment of new nurses into the VA system; improve retention by decreasing turnover of newly recruited nurses; support the delivery of VA health care in rural or underserved areas; provide alternatives for experienced nurses considering leaving the VA system; and to establish a potential pool of Registered Nurses for national emergency preparedness efforts.

For additional information, please visit the ONS Travel Corps page or contact