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Letter: Nurses are proud to care for our nation’s veterans

Nurses are proud to care for our nation’s veterans

From May 6-12, VA Western New York Healthcare System honors our dedicated nursing staff members who have chosen to be nursing heroes who care for America’s heroes with an unwavering commitment to caring, advocacy, dignity and respect.

The National Nursing Week theme is “Ethical Practice: Quality Care.” For the 15th year, nurses outrank other professions in Gallup’s annual honesty and ethics survey. Eighty percent of Americans say nurses have “very high” honesty and ethical standards. Each of us in nursing feels privileged to be caring for veteran heroes. We are the largest group of professionals at the medical center and are proud to partner with all members of our community as we care for veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 85,000 nurses and nursing assistants. The VA relies on us for setting the highest clinical care standards and exhibiting our core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence. These values are part of our nursing DNA and they are the basis of why we choose to be a VA nurse or nursing assistant.

I am honored to work with the nursing professionals who serve veterans at VA Western New York Healthcare System; many of them are veterans themselves. We join with our nation’s 2.9 million registered nurses, almost 1 million licensed practical nurses and scores of nursing assistants who are trusted to care for patients and their families as we celebrate our great profession, nursing!

Patricia Hryzak Lind, RN, MS

Nurse Executive

VA Western NY Healthcare System