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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Alumna honored by Secretary of VA

Cecilia McVey '72 is the recipient of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs award for advancing nursing programs. The prestigious honor, given by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, recognizes a medical center or health care system nurse executive for nurse support, professional development, and recruitment/retention.



Cecilia McVey '72 is the recipient of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs award for advancing nursing programs. The prestigious honor, given by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, recognizes a medical center or health care system nurse executive for nurse support, professional development, and recruitment / retention.

McVey joined the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 1972, and currently serves as Associate Director for Nursing / Patient Services at the VA Boston Health Care System. In this leadership role, she is responsible for the integration of the nursing services of the Boston, West Roxbury, and Brockton Campuses. McVey has implemented a number of successful programs, including a skin care program and a training affiliation with Hanscom Air Force so that registered nurses and medical technicians can maintain their clinical skills. She also started a career development internship program for registered nurses interested in pursuing a position in one of the intensive care units.

McVey is known as an exemplary leader, having earned the respect and admiration of those who work for her. She consistently offers her personal gratitude to the nurses who contribute to the advancement of nursing practice, describing them as "the glue that binds the organization." A dedicated advocate of continuing education programs, she frequently volunteers to present, and has also made it her practice to routinely meet with new nurses during orientation.

After receiving her BS in Nursing from Boston College in 1972, McVey completed a certificate program in Nursing Administration at Clark University in 1986, followed by her MS in Health Administration in 1988. She is the National Past President of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA).

With more than 70,000 nursing professionals, the Department of Veterans Affairs is the nation's largest single employer of nurses, and has one of the largest nursing staffs of any health care system in the world. The VA's 45,000 registered nurses, 13,000 licensed practical nurses and vocational nurses, and 11,000 nursing assistants seek to provide comprehensive, complex and compassionate care to veterans.