(5/5/14) The Department of Veterans Affairs, the nation's largest single employer of nurses, joins the American Nurses Association in honoring America's nurses. During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, VA celebrates the contributions of its more than 90,000 nurses who are dedicated to saving lives and maintaining the health of millions of individuals.
This year's Nurses Week theme is "Nurses Leading the Way," and VA health care facilities throughout the country will pay tribute to their nurses who Mario V. DeSanctis, Medical Center Director, describes as "the compassionate backbone of VA's world-class health care system."
Annually, National Nurses Week begins May 6, marked as National Registered Nurse (RN) Recognition Day, and ends May 12, on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this designated week, nurses at the Tomah VA will be honored with activities to showcase the work they do for Veterans.
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.