In honor of Nurses Week, this is the first of a five part series about the nurses of VA. Visit VACareers.va.gov/NursesWeek to share your thanks.

In her role as VA’s Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Donna Gage, PhD., RN, NE-BC, oversees the Office of Nursing Services. This Nurses Week, she thanks the nurses who serve our Nation’s Veterans. Read her message below:

National Nurses Week (May 6-12) is a time to honor VA Nurses’ contributions to the VA health care system, both in the role we play as clinicians and leaders who can dramatically influence the quality of care.

VA Nurses from across the country truly embody the theme of this year’s National Nurses Week – Ethical Practice. Quality Care. Through living the ICARE VA values, talented VA Nurses meet Veterans’ needs with compassion and skill, in a time of healthcare transformation. In fact, VA Nursing has taken the lead in many efforts driving towards success in VHA’s transformation into a 21st century organization.

VA nurses work collaboratively and inter-professionally across VHA to enhance the Veteran experience through patient safety, care coordination, and patient engagement. VA Nurses serve and honor the nation’s Veterans and their families with concern and compassion. VA Nurses impact quality and safety for our Veterans through their astute clinical services, research efforts, informatics talent, and academic initiatives. As such, VA Nurses are key players in the forward looking transformation efforts shaping VHA health care every day. As we reflect upon future opportunities for health care and for the nursing profession, it is inspiring to note how far we have come. It is a privilege to work with our over 90,000 nursing staff to develop approaches to improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of VA Nursing practice and enhancing the experience for all Veterans who receive our care. With gratitude and respect for your excellence in service, your acts of kindness, and your passion for providing the best nursing care, we honor you during National Nurses Week.

Find out more about VA nursing at VAcareers.va.gov/nursing.

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