Letter - VA nurses backbone of health system


This is National Nurses Week, and the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center wants to recognize 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 2014 is “Nurses Leading the Way,” and no one puts more passion into the health- care profession than VA nurses.

The 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 selfless passion comes from the 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 VA nurses. Veterans and families rely on them for their compassion, and the VA relies on them for setting the highest clinical care standards; and that reliance is well placed. The 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 here at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial 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.

Diana J. Nelson

Associate Director of Patient Care Services

Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center

Walla Walla


chicoli 1 year, 5 months ago

I totally agree with Diana Nelson. As a VA retired physician who intimately worked with superb nurses I can attest first hand about the amazing compassion and dedication of this wonderful group of professionals.

As mother's day approaches I cherish the memory of my mother, a Register Nurse in a small town in Puerto Rico during the 30's, 40's and 50's, who treated many WWI, WWII and Korean war veterans in the locality where no physicians were available. She was, and still is , my ever-present inspiration, therein my unconditional respect and love for the profession of Nursing and all its members.

Carlos F Acevedo MD


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