YON 2020 Day 191: Kelly Carter, RN, BSN

Having served herself, Kelly Carter, RN, BSN, continues her service to veterans with mental health issues through her work at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. She highlights the core values of the VA and explains how they guide her practice.

I am proud to be a veteran of the United States Air Force and a Registered Nurse within the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. Currently, I work with the mental health population. My role is to ensure the safety and integrity of our veterans:

  • to give them hope when they feel hopeless,

  • to provide support when they feel no one is listening,

  • to offer help when they feel helpless, and

  • to lift up their spirits up when they are at their lowest.

My enthusiasm for Nursing starts with my enjoyment of providing the best care possible to my fellow veterans. I want to create a lasting impression and meet the needs of each veteran I have the pleasure of serving. I have a passion to uphold the VA ICARE core values--Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence. I believe in always having integrity, making a daily commitment to advocate in order to meet the needs of each veteran, while treating them with respect and maintaining excellence as the standard.

I strive to be a strong advocate for and prioritize the best interest of our veterans. When they don’t have a voice, I am their voice. I know firsthand the sacrifice veterans have made for our country and am passionate about giving back all I can. I believe in excelling to the highest standards of care by continuing my education, which I have demonstrated by completing an LPN to BSN program. Now I continue to seek out educational opportunities. I love being a nurse and being able to give back and serve my fellow veterans!

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