As a young medic in the Army in 1969, Garret Eisin was captivated by the nurses he served alongside. This admiration led him to pursue a nursing degree in 1974, when his own journey as a nurse began.
For five decades now, Eisin has cared for his fellow Veterans at Edward Hines Jr. VA. In August 2022, his 50 years of federal service were recognized with a congratulatory letter from President Joe Biden.
Eisin’s relentless pursuit of excellence has seen him work in various specialties, including spinal cord injuries, hematology, oncology and endocrinology. He played a crucial role in developing a diabetes program that allowed patients to self-manage their condition more effectively. He also earned a master’s degree from Lewis University.
After a decade at the Blind Rehabilitation Center where he taught over 200 Veterans diabetic management, Eisin transitioned to home care. His unwavering commitment has left an indelible mark on countless lives, and his connection to the Veterans he treats runs deep.
“I’ve a few accomplishments left to go.”
Eisin’s dedication to service extended beyond his VA nursing career. In 1982 he joined the Army Reserve Nursing Corps, serving 24 years as both active and reservist before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2005.
“It’s been a real privilege to be a nurse, and I achieved my aspiration of being a nurse officer,” he said.
A talented stained-glass artist, he created a stunning piece featuring the VA logo as a tribute to Hines VA and the Veterans it serves. “I wanted to make something that would last 50 years,” he said. Eisin continues to seek ways to make a difference in the lives of the Veterans he cares for. “I’ve got a few accomplishments left to go,” he added.
This post, VA nurse reflects on 50 years of service, was originally published by the Veteran's Administration.
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