Sheridan VA Honors Nurses of the Year
Sheridan VA Health Care System Nurse Executive Andrea Henderson (center) stands with Registered Nurse Susan Bullard (left) and Licensed Practical Nurse Louella Lovato (right) after announcing them as the 2019 Nurses of the Year. Not pictured, but also earning the accolade was Nursing Assistant Billie Jo Kekich. Photo: Sheridan VA Healthcare System.
As part of National Nurses Week, the Sheridan VA Health Care System honored the 225 nurses who care for veterans across Wyoming.
The week’s activities included an event announcing the nurses of the year. Registered Nurse Susan Bullard, Licensed Practical Nurse Louella Lovato, and Nursing Assistant Billie Jo Kekich earned the 2019 Nurse of the Year recognition. The annual recognition is the result of nomination and voting by nurses within the system.
Bullard was chosen 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 cranio-therapy program that decreases anxiety, depression, and insomnia.”
Lovato was honored 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 chosen because she “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 Nurses Week theme, “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate,” is a nod to the number of nurses in the United States, making it the largest health professional group in the nation. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest single employer of nurses.