Summer 2007 Edition NJDMAVA Veterans

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Nursing Staff Honored

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Jennifer Hayles (left, top photo), Human Services Technician, Vineland Veterans Memorial Home, chats with resident Mirella Prescott. Resident John R. Eickmeyer (bottom photo) has his wheel chair adjusted by ineland Human Services Technician Sandra N. Crosbie. Photos by Tech. Sgt. ark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.

On May 6, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Division of Veterans Healthcare Services (DVHS), joined the American Nurses Association (ANA) in celebrating National Registered Nurses (RN) Recognition Day, as part of National Nurses Week, held May 6-12.

The purpose of RN Recognition Day is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people.

Each of the Veterans Memorial Homes planned special activities in appreciation of their nursing staff, which include recognition ceremonies, refreshments, and mementos. In addition to honoring RNs, the Veterans Homes also recognized licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants during this important week.

Combined, the three Veterans Homes have more than 600 direct healthcare givers who work 24/7 to provide world class care to the residents. They truly represent the heart and soul of our Veterans Homes.

In honor of the dedication, commitment and tireless effort of the nearly 2.9 million registered nurses nationwide to promote and maintain the health of this nation, the ANA and DVHS are proud to recognize registered nurses everywhere on this particular day for the quality care they provide.

These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. In 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. In 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year.

So when visiting a Veterans Home, please take a moment to thank the nursing staff for the wonderful job they do every day.

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