Nurses Week 2015 - Canandaigua VA Medical Center
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Canandaigua VA Medical Center


Nurses Week 2015

Nurses Week 2015

L to R: Nursing Awards 2015_Michelle Burgess, Shelly Johncox, Cathy Boylan (Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Service), Helen King, Shirleen Bennett

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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 National Nurses Week, nurses at the Canandaigua VA were honored with Excellence in Nursing Ceremony, Blessing of the Hands and Nursing Appreciation Events.

Canandaigua VA Medical Center and ROPC Nurses of the Year are:

Michelle Burgess, LPN, is honored by her colleagues for demonstrating compassion, devotion and commitment to our Veterans. She provides outstanding patient care, emotional support, and respect. She consistently maintains a high level of performance utilizing her exceptional clinical and organizational skills. Ms. Burgess is an excellent role model whose efforts have resulted in a positive image of a caring, healing, and compassionate environment for Veterans.

Shelley Johncox, NA, is honored by her colleagues for the outstanding care she provides the Veterans. She is a fierce advocate for our Veterans and works diligently with nursing staff partners, ancillary staff, and the Behavioral Coordinator to ensure residents with dementia and challenging behaviors are getting the best optimal care. Ms. Johncox is a positive role model who exemplifies the very best of what it means to be a Nursing Assistant and a team member.

Helen King, RN, is honored by her colleagues for her exceptional example of the nursing profession. She continually focuses on ways to maximize safe practice and productivity, demonstrates excellent management of medical and behavioral situations, and provides ongoing support and clinical intervention for our women Veterans. Her consistent high level of clinical and organizational skills and her positive attitude make her an excellent role model for all to emulate.

Shirleen Bennett, RN, is honored by her colleagues for her leadership skills, integrity and adherence to the Nursing Code of Ethics, and dedication to improve health outcomes for our Veterans. She serves as the PACT coach, educator and mentor to all staff. She has a compassionate, warm and caring personality which puts Veterans and staff at ease. Ms. Bennett is an excellent example of professionalism and is a positive asset to our facility.

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 .

Check the Canandaigua VA Medical Center News Room @ for more upcoming events.

Visit the Canandaigua VA Facebook Page @

The Canandaigua VA Medical Center is located at 400 Fort Hill Avenue Canandaigua, NY. The Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 465 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 1462


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