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A Letter to the Editor: Nurses Week 2013

May 6, 2013

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This week (May 6-12), the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System honors the dedicated men and women we in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) consider to be the compassionate backbone of the Veterans Health Administration – 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 and nursing staff. VA is the nation's largest single employer of nurses. VA nurses lead their profession in education and training, clinical responsibility and research. But their passion comes from VA's mission – caring for Veterans. Every year, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System serves more than 100,000 Veterans and our nursing staff is involved at virtually every point of care. From admission to discharge, from primary care to complex inpatient procedures and home care – our nursing staff is there to deliver the best possible outcomes for our Nation's heroes.

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 nearly 1,000 nursing employees who serve Veterans across the Bay Pines VA Healthcare 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.

Happy Nurses Week!

Sincerely,

Teresa E. Kumar, RN, MSN CPHQ, NEA-BC
Associate Director, Patient Care Services
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System