VA Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12 - Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center


VA Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12

May 6, 2014

VA Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12

(Coatesville, Pa.) – 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 Leading the Way” and VA health care facilities throughout the country will pay tribute to their 90,000 nurses who the Coatesville VA Medical Center Director Jonathan Eckman describes “as the compassionate backbone of VA’s world-class health care system.”

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 Coatesville VA Medical Center will be honored with a Nursing Awards Ceremony.

The Coatesville VA Medical Center’s Nurses of the Year are Nursing Assistant Andre Cleveland, Licensed Practical Nurse Beth Witherow, Registered Nurse Constance Fagan, and Registered Nurse Donna Yarnell, MSN, RN, CNL-RN.

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.

For more about VA nurses, contact the Coatesville VA Medical Center at 610-384-7711 extension 5101 or check the Web at