Anabel, who earned a master’s of science degree in nursing, was honored in Los Angeles recently as the national winner of the 2018 VA Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Nursing and Advancement of Nursing Programs in the Registered Nurse staff role.
“What an amazing honor to have been selected, I feel very blessed to work for the VA and our nation’s heroes,” she says.
A Guadalupe native who has worked at LVMC since 2004, is also a Patient Aligned Care Team RN float nurse for the Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in ambulatory care nursing.
Her award citation notes that during her tenure at the VA, Anabel recognized the need for improved wound care for veterans with complicated/atypical wounds. The severity of the wounds often prohibited patients from Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo from traveling long distances to the Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and VA West Los Angeles Medical Center Wound Care Clinics. Anabel proposed the idea of conducting the Wound Care Clinic via Clinical Video Telehealth in the Santa Maria clinic. The clinic now operates weekly, saving local veterans time and resources.
Anabel has a personal connection to veterans – both her father and uncle were drafted in the era of Vietnam. “It’s very humbling to know that even though I’m not in the military, I’m serving in another capacity,” she says.
Anabel worked at LVMC as a local travel nurse for three years, starting in 2004, and later was the Emergency Department charge nurse. “I love working here,” she says of LVMC. “It keeps my clinical skills up to par. I love interacting with the nurses and patients.”
She has worked ten years in ambulatory care and has been selected for her nursing knowledge and expertise by international publisher Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins to contribute to the company’s textbooks and other publications as a clinical editor for ambulatory care nursing.
Anabel, who is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is also president and founder of Central Coast Nurse Professionals, a group designed to support nurses at all levels and in all specialties.
Anabel’s honor includes having her photograph displayed on the VA Office of Nursing Services website and the VA’s blog.