Nurses Week 2016 - Canandaigua VA Medical Center
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Canandaigua VA Medical Center


Nurses Week 2016

Nurses Week 2016

L to R: Nursing Awards 2016_Susan Buisch, Stacey Patrick, Cathern Boylan (Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Service), Tomesha Coleman, Michelle Winkler

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Canandaigua VA Medical Center and Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic

 Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12


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 Nursing Appreciation Events.

Canandaigua VA Medical Center Nurses of the Year are:

 Susan Buisch, RN- Non Staff Role

Susan Buisch is a self-directed and motivated nurse educator who consistently demonstrates a knowledge of, and commitment to nursing practice principles.  Susan functions independently in her role mentoring employees, researching best practices, writing nursing procedures, creating educational programs, developing competency methodology, training nursing staff, and evaluating training effectiveness.  She is instrumental in the development of the RN Residency program, and works hard to ensure that our new registered nurses understand the Principles of Nursing Practice.  Susan weaves the nursing principles of respect, responsibility, professionalism, patient safety, and competency throughout her education curriculum and training. 

Stacey Patrick, RN Staff Nurse Role

Stacey Patrick serves as an example of nursing within the profession and community, encouraging and inspiring others to pursue a career in Nursing.  She has been involved in several community services. She mentors coworkers and others in the community in their goals of becoming Registered Nurses.  She advocates for the profession and is an excellent role model for others to follow.

Michelle Winkler, Licensed Practical Nurse

Michelle Winkler is an LPN on 3AG (Garden View), which is a 27 bed Gero-psychiatric Long Term Care Unit. Caring for this complex population requires patience and, and behavioral health expertise. Ms. Winkler is excellent with this population and uses a calm reassuring approach that often is effective in decreasing behaviors. She goes above and beyond to care for her residents day after day.  She is well respected by the residents as well as her co-workers.

Tomesha Coleman, Nursing Assistant

Tomesha Coleman is a Nursing Assistant on the Memory Care Unit. The population Tomesha provides care for is as unique as her. Tomesha is an exceptional nursing assistant who has cared for Veterans for ten years.  She has the necessary skills of patience and creativity in dealing compassionately with the challenging behaviors which often occur in our Veteran population suffering from dementia.

VA is proud to be the Nation’s largest employer of nurses. At our facilities in all 50 states, nurses are a source of strength and compassion for families, and they selflessly commit themselves to our Veterans’ well-being — not just during Nurses Week, but every day of the year. 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 14620.





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