Dr. West has been a registered nurse for over 36 years with experience ranging from direct clinical to nursing administration. She holds a doctorate degree in clinical ethics from Albany Medical College (Albany, New York) and Master’s Degree in Health Science from Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, N.C.).
She has been with VHA for 15 years and currently is the Women Veteran Program Manager for the Western North Carolina VA Health System (Charles George VA Medical Center Asheville, N. C.). In her current position, she serves as an educator, advocate and subject matter expert for the local facility and is called upon for insight on the VISN level as well.
Prior to coming to the VA, she held a variety of roles in health care as Director of Nursing, Nurse Case Manager of Oncology Services. She continues her work within the community and throughout the state educating various populations on health and healthcare topics.