Paralyzed Veterans of America Honors Hines VA Nurse with Advocacy/Clinical Excellence Award

Created on Wednesday, 02 Sep 2015 11:12:02

Veterans Affairs Nurse Recognized for Care of Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Washington, DC—Today, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) presented its 2015 Advocacy/Clinical Excellence Award in the Nurse category to Mary Susan (Sue) Biggins, MBA, BSN, RN, CRRN, during Paralyzed Veterans Summit 2015 and Expo in Jacksonville, Florida. Biggins is the Polytrauma Clinical Nurse Educator field based at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital at Hines, Illinois, providing education to veterans, families and staff.

In her acceptance remarks, Biggins said, “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award. It’s teamwork that makes this happen, not the individual.” She also paid special thanks to her family for their support.

Paralyzed Veterans’ annual Advocacy/Clinical Excellence Awards are given in the following categories: (1) physician, (2) registered nurse, (3) social worker, (4) psychologist, and (5) therapist (physical, occupational, kinesiology, or recreational). Recipients are nationally recognized in their professions, having demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in/or advocacy for care of persons with spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D) and multiple sclerosis (MS).

“We’re proud to recognize Sue for the outstanding work she does as a nurse both caring for and educating veterans and their families,” Lana McKenzie, associate executive director of medical services and health policy for Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Chairman of the Paralyzed Veterans Summit Task Force.

Biggins also serves as the Office of Nursing Services Clinical Nurse Advisor for the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Field Advisory Committee. Prior to this role, she served as the Clinical Nurse Manager for the acute rehab, CARF Accredited, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Unit. She is a TEACH Facilitator, member of the Veterans Health Education Committee and a founding member of the Hines Family Empowerment Network, an award- winning, Best Practice, support group.

Biggins says of her job, “Rehabilitation Nursing holds a special place in my heart, as it presents the unique challenge of helping patients and families overcome grief and loss and attain an invaluable sense of achievement and independence on the road to recovery, through the assistance of a strong interdisciplinary team.”

Paralyzed Veterans’ Summit is an intensive, three-day learning and sharing experience that provides the most up-to-date and vital information, state of the art research and emerging science, which can be put to immediate use in caring for individuals with SCI/D, MS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Attendees representing multiple disciplines from the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as private health care institutions, come together to
network, collaborate and share knowledge. Summit 2015 will present more than 73 plenary and break-out sessions, with up to 23.5 continuing education credits available. This year Paralyzed Veterans will host more than 700 attendees at its annual Summit.

The Expo will be open to attendees September 1 and 2 and will feature the latest in technology, medical devices and supplies, and other equipment to assist individuals living with spinal cord injury or disease, MS, ALS and TBI live life to its fullest.

For more information about Summit 2015, please visit

About Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (

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