Canandaigua VA Medical Center
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the nation’s largest single employer of nurses, joined the American Nurses Association in honoring America’s nurses. During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, VA celebrated the contributions of its more than 90,000 nurses who are dedicated to saving lives and maintaining the health of millions of individuals.
Annually, National Nurses Week begins May 6, marked as National Registered Nurse (RN) Recognition Day, and ends May 12, on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession.
During this designated week, nurses at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic (ROPC) were honored with Excellence in Nursing Ceremony, Blessing of the Hands and Unit Nursing Appreciation Events.
Canandaigua VA Medical Center and ROPC Nurses of the Year are:
Connie Eddy, Nurse Manager, is honored by her colleagues for her leadership skills, teambuilding initiatives, and promoting quality nursing practices to improve Veteran care. Ms. Eddy is an excellent role model whose efforts have resulted in a positive image of a caring, healing, and compassionate environment for Veterans.
Aaron Williams, RN, is honored by his colleagues for his clinical knowledge, leadership, and calm nature in providing care under emergency situations. His dedication and humorous mannerism has served as a positive impact on Veterans and staff alike. Mr. Williams’ kind and supportive manner is emulated by all who work with him.
Terry Wesley, LPN, is honored by her colleagues for her compassionate and exemplary care she provides to Veterans. Her consistent high level of clinical and organizational skills and her positive attitude make her an excellent role model for all to emulate. Ms. Wesley is always willing to assist the Veterans, their families and staff at any time. She is a true asset to the Rochester Outpatient Clinic.
Rick Vest, NA, is honored by his colleagues for outstanding care he provides the Veterans. His ability to control and maintain calm during escalating situations is noteworthy. Mr. Vest acknowledges achievements of others, and therefore, presents a positive attitude for all to emulate. Mr.. Vest is a positive role model who exemplifies the very best of what it means to be a Nursing Assistant and a team member.
National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, work to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities, to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society and its Veterans.
For more about VA nurses, contact the Canandaigua VA Medical Center at (585) 393-7206 or check the Web at http://www.va.gov/nursing/.