Nurses Week 2011 - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Nurses Week 2011

PVAMC Nursing Nominees and Award Winners for Nurses Week 2011

Nurses Week 2011 Award Recipients (from left): Tammy Desousa, Bradford Knight, Nancy Lancaster, Mary Winn, Elise Chapman, Laurie Wilson, Patricia Brady, Emma St. Germaine, and Deborah Clickner. Not pictured are Steve Bessette and Pilar Cappilli.

Friday, May 13, 2011

This week, the Providence VA Medical Center honors the dedicated men and women who we consider to be the compassionate backbone of the Veterans’ health care system–our nurses.  The theme of National Nurses Week 2011 is “Nurses: Trusted to Care,” 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 as well as in clinical responsibility and research.  But their passion comes from VA’s mission–caring for our Veterans.

The Providence VAMC recently recognized several members of our nursing team for their excellence, commitment, and dedication to our nation's Veterans: 

SECVA Nursing Excellence Awards
(Registered Nurse in Expanded Role)
Recognizing an expert in nursing practice who collaborates effectively with other healthcare colleagues, demonstrates effective use of evidence-based practice to enhance and/or improve healthcare outcome Awarded to: Laurie Wilson, MS, APRN, (Home-Based Primary Care Coordinator)
SECVA Nursing Excellence Awards (Nursing Assistant) Demonstrating effectiveness in working with the Registered Nurse and healthcare team in improving and delivering outstanding care to the Veteran patient Awarded to:  Bradford Knight, NA, (Inpatient Mental Health Ward)
RI State Nurses Association Nightingale Awards Clinical Educator of the Year Awarded to: Patricia Brady, MSN, (Clinical Nurse Specialist Critical Care)
RI State Nurses Association Nightingale Awards Nurse Leader of the Year Nominee: Nancy Lancaster, MBA, BSN, (Associate Chief of Nursing-Education)
RI State Nurses Association Nightingale Awards Staff Nurse of the Year Awarded to: Emma St. Germaine, BSN, (Staff Nurse, Ward 6A)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Award An employee who goes the extra mile to serve the Veteran, providing outstanding care and service to meet the needs of the Veteran

Awarded to: Elise Chapman, BSN, (Specialty Clinics)

Steve Bessette, NP, (Medicine)
Pilar Cappilli, NP, (Primary Care)
Tamara Desousa, RN, (Nursing)

Secretary's Hands and Heart Award The person who strives to provide excellent and compassionate direct patient care on a daily basis.  This person exhibits characteristics that best exemplify the finest in patient care Awarded to: Mary Winn, BSN (Emergency Department)
NOVA Nightingale Award An outstanding Nurse who has made significant contributions and achievements in advancing nursing education within the Department of Veterans Affairs Nominee:  Patricia Brady, MSN, (Clinical Nurse Specialist Critical Care)
Sigma Theta Tau/Delta Upsilon Chapter Louisa White Award Recognizes Nurses who demonstrate creativity, promote and support change, actively participate in community and professional activities, promote and utilize nursing research, serve as consumer advocates, and pursue professional development Awarded to: Deborah Clickner, (Associate Director for Patient Care)




































VA nurses are integral and equal members of our health care team of professionals. No health care professional is closer to the Veterans we care for than a VA nurse. Our patients rely on them for their compassion, and the VA relies on them for setting the highest clinical care standards.  That reliance is well placed.  VA’s recognition as a leader in health care, patient safety, and research is due in large part to its nurses.

We at the Providence VA Medical Center are deeply proud to be associated with the nurses who serve our Veterans and of all of our nation’s 2.9 million registered nurses who work tirelessly to keep us well and save lives around the clock every day.





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