Sheridan VA Honors Nurses of the Year

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Sheridan VA Health Care System Nurse Executive Andrea Henderson (center) stands with Registered Nurse Susan Bullard (left) and Licensed Practical Nurse Louella Lovato after Henderson announced them as the 2019 Nurses of the Year. Not pictured, but also earning the accolade was Nursing Assistant Billie Jo Kekich. (Official Sheridan VA Healthcare System photo.)
Sheridan VA Health Care System Nurse Executive Andrea Henderson (center) stands with Registered Nurse Susan Bullard (left) and Licensed Practical Nurse Louella Lovato after Henderson announced them as the 2019 Nurses of the Year. Not pictured, but also earning the accolade was Nursing Assistant Billie Jo Kekich. (Official Sheridan VA Healthcare System photo.)

The Sheridan VA Health Care System team took part in National Nurses Week by honoring the 225 nurses who care for our nation’s Veterans in three quarters of Wyoming. Nationally, the Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest single employer of nurses and is proud to join the American Nurses Association in celebrating the men and women who play such an integral role in the healthcare of these heroes.

Activities took place throughout week, including an event announcing the nurses of the year. The annual recognition is the result of nomination and voting by nurses within the system. Registered Nurse Susan Bullard, Licensed Practical Nurse Louella Lovato and Nursing Assistant Billie Jo Kekich earned the 2019 Nurse of the Year recognition. Sheridan VA Health Care System’s Nurse Executive Andrea Henderson, RN, presented the award by sharing the nominations for each of them.

Bullard was cited because she “implemented Battlefield Acupuncture, contributing to pain management and a decrease in narcotic treatment for many Veterans. She was instrumental in implementing the Alpha Stimulation treatment, a drug free craniotherapy program that
decreases anxiety, depression, and insomnia.”

Lovato’s was cited because she “is a fierce advocate for quality care and is seen as a resource for treatments and wound care by her peers… and provides Veterans with the greatest opportunity for healing.”

Kekich was cited because “is dependable and always takes care of Veterans in a safe, proficient, and friendly manner. She [also] has supported the facility-wide Safe Patient Handling program by performing as a unit peer leader and completing competency training across all units.”

This year’s National Nursing week theme “4 million reasons to celebrate”, is a nod to the over 4 million nurses in the United States, making it the largest health professional group in the nation. VA honors the contributions of its nurses to the VA health care system, both in the role they play as clinicians and as leaders who can significantly influence the quality of Veterans’ care.

SheridanWyoming.com

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