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Readers' Views: Compassionate Care

Posted 5/14/13

Editor,

 

From Monday, May 6 to Sunday, May 12, the Lebanon VA Medical Center honored the dedicated women and men we in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) consider to be the compassionate backbone of the veterans’ health care …

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Readers' Views: Compassionate Care

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Editor,

From Monday, May 6 to Sunday, May 12, the Lebanon VA Medical Center honored the dedicated women and men we in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) consider to be the compassionate backbone of the veterans’ health care system – nurses.

VA is the nation’s largest single employer of nurses and VA nurses lead their profession in education and training, clinical responsibility and research. But their passion comes from VA’s mission – caring for veterans.

VA nurses are integral and equal members of our health care team of professionals. No health care professional is closer to the veterans we care for than a VA nurse. Veterans and families rely on them for their compassion and expertise. The VA relies on them for setting the highest clinical care standards anywhere. That reliance is well-placed. VA’s recognition as a leader in health care, patient safety and research is due in large part to our nurses.

I am deeply proud to be associated with the nurses who serve veterans at the Lebanon VA Medical Center and of all of our nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses who work tirelessly to keep us well and save lives around the clock every day. Thank you, my fellow nurses, for your selfless care and compassion.

Margaret G. Wilson, MSN, RN
Lebanon

(The writer is associate director for patient care services at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.)