VA nurse to be recognized at PVA national conference - Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center


VA nurse to be recognized at PVA national conference

July 26, 2017

CreswellAUGUSTA, Georgia – For her work with more than 1,400 people with spinal cord injuries in a three-state region, a nurse with the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center here is being recognized with an award by a national veterans organization.

Tishon L. Creswell, RN, MSN, CRRN, will receive an Excellence Award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America at its national conference in Maryland in August. Creswell is the VA Augusta Spinal Cord Injury Unit hub-and-spoke manager for Veterans in the region. Augusta is the hub for six medical centers in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina with the VA’s Veterans Integrated Service Network 7 coordinating referrals, helping patients get set-up for care and more.

“I’m an advocate for SCI Veterans, and that’s the biggest part for me, Creswell, a U.S. Army Veteran, said. “We want Augusta to be a leader, and do great things for our Veterans. As a Veteran, I love to see their face when I know I can relate, I know the lingo, and I know what it means to sacrifice. I’m excited to receive this award.”

The Excellence Award “recognizes clinicians who have achieved national recognition and leadership, and demonstrated exceptional professional achievement, contributions, and advocacy for spinal cord injury/disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury healthcare,” according to the PVA web site.

Michelle Cox-Henley, RN, MSN, Associate Director for Patient Care and Nursing Service at VA Augusta, beamed about Creswell’s recognition and said her work is completely in line with the quality of care every nurse strives for at Charlie Norwood. “Tishon has done amazing things for our Veterans in the Spinal Cord injury Unit. Her work with them in close concert with our partners from the paralyzed Veterans of America is one of the many reasons she earned this award. I could not be more proud of her!”

Creswell is a 2005 graduate of Augusta State University, a 2007 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) earned her master’s degree in nursing education from Clayton State University in Atlanta, and is working on her PhD.

The PVA conference takes place in August in Maryland. Creswell is originally from Wilson, N.C.