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Counting on Cleary, Day #36/35: Appointment of Highly Qualified Nurse Leader Bodes Well for the VA and Veterans Health Care


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Dr. Linda Schwartz, a nurse leader I know through the American Academy of Nursing was confirmed yesterday as the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs Planning and Policy. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald welcomed the confirmation of the Connecticut Veterans Commissioner. Dr. Schwartz will play a critical role in guiding VA's strategic planning as well as implement the Secretary's vision to transform VA into high-performing and responsive organization.

Dr. Schwartz, a disabled veteran, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing; a Master's of Science degree from Yale University School of Nursing; and a Doctorate in Public Health from the Yale University School of Medicine.

She served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs for over ten years while concurrently serving on the faculty of the Yale School of Nursing. Dr. Schwartz also served in the United States Air Force (USAF) Nurse Corps from 1968 to 1986 when she retired as a Flight Nurse Instructor with the rank of Major following a USAF Air Craft accident.

All who know Dr. Schwartz realize what an asset she will be to the VA as a great leader and strategist and as a career nurse, her expertise in the needs of patients will be invaluable in improving health care for Veterans. There are a growing number of nurse leaders in Washington and I hope to join my esteemed colleagues there as a Congresswoman, adding to the knowledge and values that well-prepared nurses bring to the table.

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