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Bridget I. Broznya & Roger Johnson: A salute to VA nurses during Nurses Week

To the editor:

This week, the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System is honoring the dedicated men and women the Department of Veterans Affairs considers to be the compassionate backbone of the the veterans healthcare system — the nursing staff.

The theme of National Nurses Week 2013 is “Nurses: Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care.” The VA is our nation’s largest single employer of nurses and leads the profession in education and training, clinical responsibility and research. But their passion comes from the VA’s mission — caring for veterans.

VA nursing staff members are integral and equal members of our health care team. 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.

We are deeply proud to be associated with the nurses who serve veterans at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System and of all our nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses and over 80,000 nursing staff members who work tirelessly to keep us well and save lives around the clock every day.

Bridget I. Broznya

Roger Johnson

Northampton

Bridget I. Broznya is acting associate director for patient services and Roger Johnson is director of the VA hospital in Leeds.

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