VA Maryland Health Care System Nurse Elected President of Nurses Organizations of Veterans Affairs

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Sharon Johnson, MSN, RN, who joined the VA Maryland Health Care System as a Head Nurse in 1987, has been elected as the National President of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA).

Sharon Johnson, MSN, RN, who joined the VA Maryland Health Care System as a Head Nurse in 1987, has been elected as the National President of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA).

Ms. Johnson serves as an example of the quality and dedication of the employees who are serving the needs of Maryland’s veterans," says Dr. Adam Robinson, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System.

Sharon Johnson, MSN, RN, who joined the VA Maryland Health Care System as a Head Nurse in 1987, has been elected as the National President of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA). During her 28 years at the VA Maryland Health Care System, Johnson held numerous positions, including surgical case manager, perioperative coordinator for surgical services, and nurse manager for long term geriatrics, among others. She currently is the Program Manager for the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Patient Flow Center, where she supervises a team of 20 and manages patient flow throughout the entire system.

“We are excited that a nurse from the VA Maryland Health Care System was elected as the National President of NOVA,” says Dr. Adam Robinson, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “Ms. Johnson serves as an example of the quality and dedication of the employees who are serving the needs of Maryland’s veterans”

Johnson, who earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Bowie State University in 1996 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the Pennsylvania State University in 1974, joined NOVA Chapter 218 in 1993 when the chapter was reactivated. As a member of NOVA, Johnson served as a board member, chapter president-elect, and chapter president. She has presented numerous educational sessions about the Nurse Professional Standards at the national level, co-presented a session on Geriatrics Long Term Care at the NOVA Annual Meeting in Arizona, and participated in the NOVA Thespian Skit in Miami.

“I am humbled and honored to have been elected as NOVA’s National President. It is a privilege to care for our Veterans,” says Johnson. “My job as NOVA President is to fulfill NOVA’s mission to ensure that VA nurses are able to provide high quality care in an optimal work environment and have a strong voice in the legislative arena.”

Prior to joining Nursing Service at the VA Maryland Health Care System, Johnson worked at Sinai Hospital as an evening supervisor and at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital as a nurse educator and researcher for emergency services.

“As the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs embarks on an enhanced mission of educating, communicating, and advocating for VA nurses professionally, personally, and legislatively, Sharon Johnson is the ideal leader to help the Association advance these goals,” says Susan Dove, executive director at NOVA. “She has been a steady, strong force in supporting and encouraging not only the growth of NOVA, but VA nursing in general. NOVA looks forward to her presidency and recognizes we are fortunate, indeed, to be able to draw upon her knowledge, strength, and many capabilities.”    
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The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and outpatient care to veterans at two medical centers, one community living & rehabilitation center and six outpatient clinics located throughout the state. More than 52,000 veterans from various generations receive care from the VAHMCS annually. Nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and quality patient care, the VAHMCS is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education. It costs nothing for Veterans to enroll for health care with the VA Maryland Health Care System and it could be one of the more important things a Veteran can do. For information about VA health care eligibility and enrollment or how to apply for a VA medical care hardship to avoid future copayments for VA health care, interested Veterans are urged to call the Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324 or visit http://www.maryland.va.gov.

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