Two nurse managers in the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System’s Acute Care Inpatient services received national-level recognition for their support for employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces of the U.S. military. Rebecca Anderson, nurse manager, and Cynthia Moore, assistant nurse manager, received Patriotic Employer Award honors from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization and the Secretary of Defense. According to the E.S.G.R.’s website, the Patriot Award reflects the efforts supervisors made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Biloxi Registered Nurse Michael Lyons submitted the managers for the award. Deatosha Haynes, Associate Nurse Executive of Acute Care Services, spoke very highly of the nurse managers under her supervision.
“I was so excited when I learned they had won this award,” Haynes said. “They truly embody our I.C.A.R.E. (Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence) core values, and they are wonderful and phenomenal young managers in our health care system. I’m really, really proud of them.”