• VA nurse develops first chest pain triage protocol for urgent care

    Lorilea Johnson pioneered a protocol for providers to assess the risk of a cardiac event occurring in patients experiencing chest pain.

  • North Texas VA nurse’s innovation helps prevent pneumonia

    The efforts of Nurse Borrinaga and team proved that good oral hygiene helped in preventing the onset of non-ventilator associated pneumonia.

  • Nurse recruiters: On a mission to find the best for Veterans

    Kathy Lawrence and Leslie Davis are nurse recruiters whose mission is to find the best quality nurses to care for our Veterans.

  • Nurse practitioners – a unique program for expanding care for Veterans

    Twenty-eight new nurse residency programs were added in academic year 2021-2022 in response to one of America’s critical health care occupation shortages.

  • A call to duty for retired VA nurses

    Five retired nurses suited up for the COVID-19 battle at the Houston VA. “As a Veteran and a nurse, this is where I belong right now.”

  • Birmingham VA nurses reunite Veteran with missing daughter

    A distressed young girl was sitting outside the VA hospital. Three nurses went to her aid and discovered she had been missing for months.

  • VA mother-daughter nurse team save a life in their neighborhood

    VA nurses Linda Longshaw and her daughter, Heather Longshaw, were on their way to dinner. Frantic people flagged them down to help with a person lying on the ground. Their quick actions saved his life.

  • Office of Academic Affiliations expands nurse residencies to 28 new sites

    VA post-baccalaureate RN and nurse practitioner residencies prepare highly qualified nursing professionals for VA and the nation. Of VA’s 80,000 nurses, 55% are eligible for retirement.

  • VA nurse executive recognizes nurses’ dedication and service

    Nurse executive Dr. Tracy Weistreich shares stories collected by the VA Office of Nursing Service about VA nurses who have demonstrated a commitment to Veterans’ well-being over the past year.

  • South Texas VA implements SAVE LIVES Act

    A vacant department store in San Antonio was transformed into an important location for Texans receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The provisions of the SAVE LIVES Act lets more people receive the shot.

  • Two VA nurses named “Star Nurses”

    Nurse practitioner Emily Comstock and registered nurse Yolanda Flores have been recognized as “Star Nurses” by The Washington Post and American Nursing Association.

  • Student Nurse Day honors 25,000 students training at VA

    Student Nurse Day honors student nurses, approximately 25,000 of whom train at VA each year. Registered nurse and nurse practitioner residents are critical to VA and nation’s nursing workforce.

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