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Nursing Excellence

Nursing Excellence

Nurses at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic honored at the Nursing Excellence Award Ceremony. Left to Right: Danny Martinez, Mary Coleman, Melissa Kropf, Kevin Whittaker

Friday, May 11, 2012

VA Celebrates National Nurses Week


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the nation’s largest single employer of nurses, joins the American Nurses Association in honoring America’s nurses dedicated to saving lives and maintaining the health of millions of individuals during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

This year’s Nurses Week theme is “Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring” and VA health care facilities throughout the country will pay tribute to their 80,000 nurses who Patricia Lind, Nurse Executive describes “as the nursing heroes who care for America’s Heroes”.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as Nurse Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, nurses at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic will be honored at the Nursing Excellence Award Ceremony.

Danny Martinez, Health Technician in the Patient aligned Care Team at the Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic. Danny is an Navy Veteran and resides in Churchville NY.

Mary Coleman Licensed Practical Nurse in the Patient Aligned Care Team at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.  Mary is a resident of Phelps, NY.

Kevin Whittaker, Registered Nurse, in the Veterans Recovery Center at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.  Kevin resides in Naples, NY.

Melissa Kropf, Advanced Practice Nurse in Home Based Primary Care, Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic.  Melissa is a resident of Bergen, NY.

Audrey Furnal, Special Projects Nurse at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center received the Spirit of Planetree National Award that was created to promote patient-centered care by publicly recognizing individuals who personalize and demystify the health care experience for others. Audrey resides in Canandaigua, NY.

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.

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The Canandaigua VA Medical Center is located at 400 Fort Hill Avenue Canandaigua, NY. 



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