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May 12, 2013

VA honors nurses during special week

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DANVILLE —

Prior to her move to RME coordinator, she worked in a variety of other roles, including clinical nurse educator for Extended Care, where she provided staff education to promote the patient-centered care for veterans. She also provided the CNA certification class for the Shahbazim working in the Green Houses.

Other roles have included: certified nursing assistant instructor at Danville Area Community College and nurse educator, infectious disease coordinator and case manager for Healthy Moms Healthy Kids at the Vermilion County Health Department.

Her future nursing goals include continuing to provide education to staff to promote patient-centered care and to work on obtaining an advanced degree in education.

When asked what she likes best about her job, she said, “working with staff to develop processes that improve the care we provide to the veteran.” She added, “This position allows me to utilize some of my skills and to keep learning new skills. I learn something new every day. And, I really enjoy the people that I work with daily.”

Van Leer

Pam Van Leer and her husband, Mike, have two children, and one granddaughter. She graduated from Lakeview School of Nursing in 1984 with a nursing diploma. She received a bachelor’s in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002.

She began working at the Danville VA in December 1983, and now works in Ambulatory Care Service. She is the RN care manager for the White Team. She triages patient needs and spends time educating and training the White Team veterans. She also conducts the care management of things like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and hemoglobin A1C levels of the team’s veterans.

Van Leer assists with PACT concept orientation and education of veterans regarding their roles and responsibilities in the management of their personal health care.

Van Leer began at the VA as a student nurse in 1983, and in May 1984, transitioned to a graduate nurse tech and transferred to Long Term Care and Palliative Care. After five years, she transferred to Cardio/Pulmonary, where she worked for the next 15 years.

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