To the editor:
Next week (May 6-12), the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center, part of VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System honors the dedicated men and women we in the Department of Veterans Affairs consider to be the compassionate backbone of the Veterans' health care system – nurses.
The theme of National Nurses Week 2013 is "Nurses: Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care," and no one puts more passion into the health care profession than VA 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 the VA relies on them for setting the highest clinical care standards. That reliance is well placed. VA's recognition as a leader in health care, patient safety and research is due in large part to nurses.
I am deeply proud to be associated with the nurses who serve Veterans at the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System 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.