Nurses Receives National VA Excellence Award

Anabel Quintanar honored for work with Santa Maria and San Luis Obipso veterans

The Veterans Health Administration recently announced Anabel Quintanar, RN-BC, MSN, as the national winner of the 2018 VA Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Nursing and Advancement of Nursing Programs in the Registered Nurse staff role.

The VA Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing is the highest award for nursing within VA. There are local and regional winners chosen from hundreds of nominees and from there, one national winner is selected.

“What an amazing honor to have been selected,” responded Quintanar. “I feel very blessed to
work for the VA and our nation’s heroes.”

Quintanar is a Patient Aligned Care Team RN float nurse for the Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo CBOCs and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in ambulatory care nursing. She has worked 10 years in ambulatory care and has been selected for her nursing knowledge and expertise by international publisher Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins to contribute to the company’s text books and other publications as a clinical editor for ambulatory care nursing.

Quintanar comes from nearby Guadalupe, California, a place she describes as “a small, migrant community town with many Vietnam-era Veterans.” Both her father and uncle were drafted in the Vietnam-Era war and she considers it an honor to serve Veterans.

“I personally don’t feel worthy of this award but this award represents all of my colleagues, family and Veterans,” explains Quintanar. “They are the backstory that got me here.”

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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