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Martinsburg VA Medical Center

 

Nursing Service earns Pathway to Excellence designation

March 17, 2011

Martinsburg VA Medical Center honored with national distinction

Photos and press release by Kathryn G. Morris, Public Affairs

Medical center nurse visits with Veteran Arthur Shriver. Medical center nurse visits with Veteran Arthur Shriver.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg VA Medical Center proudly announced today that its Nursing Service had achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.  The medical center is the first health care organization in West Virginia and the first Veterans Affairs facility in the country to earn this national certification.

Medical center nurses attend to a Veteran inpatient. Medical center nurses attend to a Veteran inpatient.

“This award validates the hard work and dedication that our staff exhibit every day to provide exemplary patient care to our Veterans,” said Medical Center Director Ann R. Brown.

Veteran John Spence has his blood pressure taken by medical center nurse. Veteran John Spence has his blood pressure taken by medical center nurse.

Veteran William Nothey speaks with a medical center nurse about his health care. Veteran William Nothey speaks with a medical center nurse about his health care.

According to the ANCC, for an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process of the facility’s practices, policies, and culture.  This designation confirms to the public that the medical center is committed to nurses and their contributions in the workplace, while encouraging other nurses to join their colleagues in this nurturing environment.

Nurse escorts Veteran patient to Community Living Center. Nurse escorts Veteran patient to Community Living Center.

 Nurse checking patient records and information. Nurse checking patient records and information.

“I am so proud of our nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and advanced practice nurses at the medical center and in our clinic areas,” said Associate Medical Center Director for Nursing and Education Programs Susan E. George.  “The outstanding caliber of our staff and the quality of their work has created a Martinsburg legacy for which we can all be proud.  My congratulations are extended to everyone in this very significant achievement.”

Nurses at a Workstation on Wheels. Nurses retrieving medical equipment from a workstation on wheels (WOW).

For more information about the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, visit www.martinsburg.va.gov or www.nursecredentialing.org to learn more about the Pathway to Excellence designation.

Medical center nurse checks on Veteran information. Medical center nurse checks on Veteran information.

Nurse checking information in the newly renovated Emergency Department. Nurse checks information in the newly renovated Emergency Department.

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