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March Member of the Month

Posted By Ashley Lovelace, Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Yvette Twum-Danso, MSN, RN, CCRN, PhDc
W. J. Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center
Columbia, South Carolina

Yvette M. Twum-Danso is an Assistant Nurse Manager for the Acute Medicine Clinics II - Outpatient Specialty Clinics.  She has been a registered nurse since 1996 and joined the Columbia VA Health Care System in 2003. Yvette has diverse nursing experience in critical care, cardiology: cardiac rehabilitation, research, and case management.  She has also served in the United States Army Reserves for eight years as a nurse. Yvette has a master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in education and is a nurse doctoral candidate. 

Yvette was awarded the South Carolina Palmetto Gold Nursing Award in 2015.  She is a recipient of NOVA’s Professional Nurse Award for Clinical Excellence in 2015 and NOVA President’s Award in 2019.  Her local NOVA Chapter 362 was given the Distinguished Chapter Award in 2019.  In addition to these professional awards, Yvette received NOVA’s Vernice Ferguson Scholarship in 2015.

Yvette has been an active NOVA member since 2012.  She joined NOVA’s Board of Directors in January 2020 and serves as the President for NOVA Chapter 362 at the Columbia VA Health Care System in Columbia, South Carolina.  Yvette has served on the NOVA Legislative Committee since 2015. She is an advocate for NOVA and proudly encourages VA nurses to join NOVA to improve Veterans’ access and outcomes.

Yvette is a member of the American Association of Critical Care.  She serves on the Office of Nursing Cardiovascular Field Advisory Committee and is a chairwoman for New Direction Church. Yvette is passionate about enhancing the professional growth and upward mobility of VA nurses through nursing research.

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NOVA Member of the Month

Posted By Ashley Lovelace, Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Betty M. Ogren, LPN



Betty M. Ogren is an active NOVA member and the first LPN to serve as a NOVA Board of Director. She functions as a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) LPN at the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a nurse, who cares for our Nation’s heroes every day, Betty is committed to enhancing access, coordinating care and improving the health care provided to our Veterans. She is passionate about developing her leadership skills and making a difference. Honesty, Integrity, Hard-working, Dedication and Advocacy are key characteristics that are extremely important to her. Betty recognizes the significant role nurses play in health care innovations and the delivery of care and is committed to influencing change in the VA and the profession of nursing.

On February 13, 2020, Betty was notified that she was awarded the full Nurse In Washington Internship (NIWI) scholarship which covers airfare expenses, up to three nights lodging expenses, and the registration fee for the conference. She can’t wait to attend NIWI in March 2020 so she can learn more about the legislative process, advocacy, health care policy, and Capitol Hill meetings while networking with other nurses who are also interested in influencing health care in the legislative arena. Congratulations, Betty!


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