Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Providence VA Medical Center Honors Nurses
During the week of May 6-12, the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center honored the dedicated men and women who we consider to be the compassionate backbone of the Veterans' health-care system - nurses.
The theme of National Nurses Week 2013 was "Nurses: Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care," and no one puts more passion into the health-care profession than Veterans Affairs (VA) nurses. The 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 the VA's mission - caring for Veterans.
As part of the week’s celebration, we teamed up with the Pawtucket Red Sox to recognize nurses throughout New England during the pre-game show. The event was an opportunity for nurses, families, friends, and colleagues to celebrate nursing and acknowledge the dedication and commitment nurses have in providing the highest quality of health care. Many of our staff, volunteers, and family members from the Medical Center were in attendance.
On May 9, we also held an awards ceremony to recognize nurses who have demonstrated excellence in patient-centered care. Award categories, award recipients/nominees are as follows. Actual winners are identified with an asterisk *)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Nursing Excellence Nominees (The Excellence in Nursing Award honors four individuals: two Registered Nurses, one in a staff nurse role, and one in an expanded nurse role; a Licensed Practical Nurse; and a Nursing Assistant or Health Care Technician. Awardees must be actively engaged in the care of patients at a VA facility. The recipients' contributions to the care of patients in any VA health care setting must be patient-centered and demonstrate such excellence as to merit recognition of peers.)
Registered Nurse Nominees (This RN, both in the role of staff nurse and in the expanded role, is an expert in nursing practice who collaborates effectively with other health care colleagues and demonstrates effective use of evidence based practice to enhance and/or improve health care outcome. He/she demonstrates integrity and adherence to the nursing professional Code of Ethics, while promoting the image of nursing and the nursing profession within the community.)
*Shannon Griffith, VSN (4A Nursing Service)
Registered Nurse in Expanded Role Nominees
*Anne Baxter, APRN, DNP (Medical Service)
Karen Raposa, RN, Nurse Manager (Medical Service)
Jeannie Ursillo, APRN (Home-Based Primary Care)
Licensed Practitioner Nurse Nominees (The Nursing Assistant / Health Care Tech and LPN demonstrate effectiveness in working with the RN and health care team in improving and delivering outstanding care to the Veteran patient. They improve their job related skills through a personal development plan with demonstrated performance improvement. They have achieved recognition from co-workers for their excellence in provision of care to Veterans).
*Kim Godfrin, LPN (Medical Service)
Nursing Assistant/Health Tech Nominees
Emily Cain, NA (6B Nursing Service)
Rex Case, HT (Medical Service)
*Bradford Knight, HT (4A Nursing Service)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Hands and Heart Nursing Award Nominees (The nominee for this award is one who strives to provide excellent and compassionate direct patient care on a daily basis. He/she exhibits characteristics that best exemplify the finest in patient care. The performance of this compassionate, courteous and caring individual has enabled the Department to better achieve its mission – providing the best possible care for our Nation’s Veterans.)
Pauline Bourassa, LPN (Primary Care)
Bonnie Chan, BSN (Nursing Service)
Freida Cormier, NP (Compensation & Pension)
*Lynne Deion, BSN (Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service)
Mary Dolan, LPN (Primary Care)
Erica Fenn-Villella, NP (Compensation & Pension)
Joann Ferreira, RN (Nursing Service)
Sharon Garber, NP (Compensation & Pension)
Laura Mercer, NP (Medicine)
Caitlyn Nass, NP (Medicine)
Michelle Peloquin, RN (Nursing Service)
Joseph Oseghale, NP (Compensation & Pension)
Melissa Sardinha, NA (Nursing Service)
DAV Outstanding Nurse Award Nominee (This employee goes the extra mile to serve the Veteran. He/she provides outstanding care and service to meet the needs of the Veteran.)
*Mary Beth Smith, RN, ED Nurse Manager (Nursing Service)
Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) Celebration of Excellence Award (2012)
*Sue Rivet, BSN, SPD Coordinator (Nursing Service)
ANCC Award for PVAMC Certification Achievement (Bronze Award with $2500 for 33% Certification Achievement)
Diane Gerardi, MSN (VA Nursing Academy Faculty) accepted this award on behalf of our Medical Center. Diane is the coordinator for the “Let’s Get Certified” campaign at PVAMC.
Daisy Award Nominees (The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere. The award honors the compassion and care bedside nurses provide their patients every day.)
Steve Boucher, BSN (Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service)
Bonnie Chan, BSN (Nursing Service)
Aneta Costa, BSN (Surgical Service)
Nancy Crandall, NP (Surgical Service)
Shirley Dolan, RN (Primary Care)
Wesley Irish, MSN (Nursing Service)
Jerri Jaffa, BSN (Medical Service)
Patricia Newton, RN (Nursing Service)
Donna Raviele, RN (Nursing Service)
*Diane Salvas, BSN (Nursing Service)
Cidalia Tavares, BSN (Geriatrics & Extended Care/Home-Based Primary Care)
Suzanne Tokarz, RN (Geriatrics & Extended Care/Home-Based Primary Care)
Jeannie Ursillo, NP (Geriatrics & Extended Care/Home-Based Primary Care)
William Whitehead, RN (Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service)
We wrapped up our National Nurses Week Celebration with poster presentations of on-going research by our nursing staff. From top-notch clinical care to academic and research excellence…VA nurses do it all. 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. Veterans and families 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 nurses.
We, at the Providence VA Medical Center, are deeply proud to be associated with our nurses who serve America's Veterans and of all of our nation's 3.1 million registered nurses who work tirelessly to keep us well and save lives around the clock every day.