BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) is pleased to welcome James Murphy Haydel, BSN, RN, CCRN, into its prestigious team as their new Registered Nurse Program Coordinator. He is is a registered nurse with 21 plus years of experience in hospital management, and direct clinical and critical care.
In the past two years, the LDVA has expanded services offered at the five state-of-the-art Veterans Homes it proudly operates across the state. Each facility offers a variety of services including: long- and short-term care, rehabilitative therapies, Alzheimer’s and intermediate care, skilled nursing, mental health services, centralized pharmacy services, and more.
“I’m happy to welcome Murphy into our LDVA family and have complete confidence that his vast experience and his outgoing personality will help us continue to provide excellent care at all of our Homes,” said LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland.
With new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidelines, oversight of the homes has increased in order to ensure our Veterans are receiving the care and services awarded to them. As the homes grow, our compliance teams will grow as well.
“Murphy is highly-qualified and we are fortunate to have him serving Louisiana’s Veterans,” said Secretary Strickland.
A critical component of the LDVA’s mission is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s veterans and their families. LDVA employees each play a critical role in accomplishing that mission, and as such are each personally and individually valued in the Department.
“I am a nursing leader to make a difference in the lives of my patients and staff,” says Murphy. “I do this by ensuring each patient gets quality, safe, and reliable care and my team have the tools and leadership needed to deliver this care.”
Murphy’s acclaimed career in nursing began in 1997 when he graduated from Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, La, where he earned his Associates Degree in Nursing. He later gained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Since graduating, he has completed a number of advanced training courses.
Murphy has worked in many fields of nursing, occupying increasingly senior positions. He stays current with the latest advances in nursing by remaining an active member of many professional organizations including the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
“On a daily basis, I am many different things; father, husband, leader, Christian, nurse, and student,” says Murphy. “These roles are challenging, yet fulfilling, and intertwine to define how I choose to live my life. I am proud to be joining the LDVA team and helping our Veterans and their families.”