VA NY Harbor Health Care System
Nurses Advocating, Leading, Caring
Sunday, May 6, 2012VA New York Harbor Healthcare System Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12
This has been a year full of change: We have seen a number of nursing staff transition into the PACT initiative, which has been exciting but meant that many staff members now work in different settings than they have before.
Many other staff members have had to be trained for new responsibilities and new procedures, for instance, those staff members who now work on the Palliative Care unit at the St. Albans CLC, “Papillon de Vie,” assisting Veterans and their loved ones at the end of life.
For others, this year involved welcoming and training new staff members to their units/areas, while coping as other staff moved on to new roles.
Despite these changes, nursing staff performed at an extremely high level as evidenced by NYHHS’ outstanding results on The Joint Commission, CARF, and Long Term Care Institute surveys, to name a few.
Nursing staff also performed extraordinarily well during several emergencies: helping to evacuate patients from the New York Campus to Brooklyn, St. Albans, and the JJ Peters VAMC in the Bronx during Hurricane Irene as well as ensuring those patients’ safe return to New York; helping to evacuate residents from two units at the St. Albans CLC as a result of the fire on C3 earlier this year; and evacuating patients during the most recent fire at Brooklyn on 13 West.
During all of these challenges, nursing staff have demonstrated commitment, integrity, dedication, and flexibility, and have provided high quality care during some very trying circumstances.
Everything that our staff members have done is with the best interests of the Veterans we serve at heart.
Our nursing staff have demonstrated this year’s theme – “Nurses Advocating, Leading, Caring” – in action. NYHHS salutes its nursing staff for all their accomplishments both great and small.
Happy Nurses Week 2012!