Martinsburg VA Medical Center
National Nurses Week
April 30, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) joins the American Nurses Association in honoring America’s nurses, who are dedicated to saving lives and maintaining the health of millions of individuals during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.
The theme of National Nurses Week 2012 is “Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring,” and no one puts more passion into the health care profession than VA nurses. VA is the nation’s largest single employer of nurses and VA nurses lead their profession in education and training, clinical responsibility and research. But their passion comes from VA’s mission – caring for our Veterans.
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 Martinsburg VA Medical Center are being honored with the “Excellence in Nursing Ceremony,” a Retired Nurses Tea and individual unit activities.
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.