DVIDS – News – When Others Are Weak, They Are Strong – Navy Nurse Corps at 114

Over the past two years, nearly half of the personnel at Navy Medical Training Readiness Command Bremerton who have deployed to COVID medical response teams have been from a separate group; Navy Nurse Corps.

“When others are weak, they are strong,” said Lt. Cmdr. John Tarr, Navy Chaplain Corps, offering a blessing of hands during NMRTC Bremerton’s recognition of the Navy Nurse Corps’ 114th anniversary, May 13, 2022.

According to statistics compiled by Navy Medicine, Nurse Corps officers responded to mission demands and operational deployments in 2020 and 2021 by sending nearly 50 Nurse Corps personnel to a number of aircraft carriers, fleet and hospital ship surgical teams USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). There have also been about 140 Nurse Corps officers attached to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Marine Corps Medical Battalions, not counting those who have been appointed – many at the last minute – to respond to the pandemic and help come to a halt. helping people in need.

“In the past two years alone, over 900 active and reserve Navy nurses, or approximately 24% of our total force, deployed in support of COVID operations and Operation Allies Welcome,” wrote the Rear Admiral Cynthia Kuehner, director of the Navy Nurse Corps, which counts Naval Hospital Bremerton among its previous duty stations.

There are currently approximately 2,700 active duty and 1,050 Navy Nurse Corps reserve officers in 17 different specialties assigned throughout the Navy and Marine Corps, including approximately 65 Nurse Corps officers and 70 civilian nurses at NHB.

The Navy Nurse Corps birthday was the culmination of an entire week of celebration with National Nurses Week, May 6-12, honoring all active duty, civilian and contract nurses in NHB/NMRTC Bremerton. The entire seven-day period is particularly symbolic with the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), considered the founder of modern nursing, on May 12, and followed a day later by the Navy’s birthday. Nurse Corps.

All week featured daily events including ice cream and popcorn, continental breakfast offerings, bespoke virtual training seminars, and plenty of hand blessing services to fit any shift work of nurses.

“Thank you to everyone who pulled together all the little things to recognize the Navy Nurse Corps and the nurses,” said Cmdr. Terri Jandron, assistant head nurse.

In addition to Kuehner’s heartfelt handwritten letter, correspondence from all the other heads of the Navy Medical Corps was also read aloud, including Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham, Navy Surgeon General and Chief of the Office of Medicine and Surgery who thanked the corps of nurses for their dedication, service and sacrifice.

“It is no surprise that the World Health Organization has declared 2020 and 2021 the International Year of the Nurse. This honor recognizes the powerful impact, sacrifice and unwavering dedication of nurses around the world in the global fight against the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Navy nurses have played a vital role in this effort,” said explained Gillingham.

“For the 20th year in a row, nursing has been named the most trusted profession in the annual Gallup Honesty and Ethics poll. Military officers were also in the top five. A double win, in my book, for nurses of the navy and I couldn’t be prouder,” added Gillingham.

After all the letters were read, the senior and youngest officers of the Nurse Corps took part in the traditional part of the ceremony, cutting the cake. Captain Patrick Fitzpatrick, Director of NHB and Commanding Officer of NMRTC Bremerton, who originally enlisted in the Navy Reserves as a Seabee from Missoula, Montana, in 1992, was joined by Lt. jg Samantha Dahl, a native of Florida, nearly four years in service, recently assigned to NMRTC Bremerton at Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

“I couldn’t think of a better job than being an army nurse. I’ve always wanted to help others,” said Dahl, a University of Central Florida graduate who credits one of her professors with previous experience in the Navy Nurse Corps for sparking her interest in getting where she is. today.

Nursing Corps officers like Dahl follow in Fitzpatrick’s footsteps, tending to a host of specialties as part of their general duties, including family nurse practitioner, executive medicine, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse, perioperative nursing, mother-child, ambulatory care, medical surgery, critical care and pediatric care.

In addition to continuing to answer the call to meet mission requirements and operational deployments.

Date taken: 13.05.2022
Date posted: 13.05.2022 19:36
Story ID: 420728

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