NOVA Chapter 226: VA Boston Healthcare System
Kelly D. Skinner, DNP, APRN, NP-C, GNP-BC, CRRN, WCC, CFCN
Healthy Leg Day
NOVA Chapter 226 hosted Healthy Leg Day on February 25th at the West Roxbury Campus and February 26th at the Jamaica Plain Campus. It was an opportunity to educate staff about prevention of varicose veins and venous disorders. The majority of staff were eligible for compression products due to it being a benefit of their health insurance. Their measurements were obtained right there onsite. What a great turnout!
NOVA Trip to D.C.
Several of our NOVA Chapter 226 Members: Ceci McVey, Grace Conley, Theresa Presley, Vanessa Coronel, Carol McTavish, Sherry Clement, and Kelly Skinner attended NOVA on the Hill Day on March 5th and NOVA’s Annual Legislative Roundtable on March 6th in Washington, D.C. NOVA is the voice of VA Nurses on Capitol Hill, and meeting face-to-face with our representatives in Congress and representatives from professional nursing organizations as well as Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) is always such a rewarding experience. Coincidentally, we saw Michael Negrete, President of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, on Capitol Hill as we were leaving the Dirksen Senate Building. That means the representatives were hearing legislative priority goals from not only the NOVA nurses, but also the Veterans receiving VA care. We believe we made our voices heard and appreciate the opportunity to share concerns and provide updates to our elected officials and their staff.
National Certified Nurses Day
March 19th is National Certified Nurses Day! Our chapter would like to recognize the nurses at the VA Boston Healthcare System who have obtained a VA-approved certification within the past year. National Certified Nurses Day is the perfect time to honor certified nurses for their significant professional accomplishment, but also an opportunity to extend an invitation to all nurses to advance their practice by becoming certified in their specialty area.