BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy Nurse Corps commemorated its 99th anniversary on May 13, and Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) Sailors took the entire week leading up to it to recognize, render honor and pay tribute to the approximately 4,000 men and women of the Nurse Corps.
NHB honored its Nurse Corps staff with numerous events before May 13, culminating with a ceremony and cake cutting with the most senior and junior Nurse Corp officers doing the honors on NHB's quarterdeck.
The historical relevance and heart-felt commemoration of the event included sharing various birthday greetings sent by heads of the Medical Service Corps and Medical Corps, as well as the official message by Vice Adm. D.C. Arthur, Navy Surgeon General.
"We are proud to serve with you," said Capt. Randall Kelley, NHB executive officer. "It's also no coincidence that in a recent survey conducted, it showed that nurses were looked upon as being ranked number one in terms of honesty and integrity. Navy Nurse Corp, we salute you!"
"You are the men and women who wear the cloth of our nation and have dedicated your care, expert clinical skills and leadership abilities to Navy medicine since the inauguration of your corps," sent Arthur in his regards, wishing to express his thanks and admiration. "Your versatility, enthusiasm, and passion have enabled Navy medicine to carry out our mission 'anywhere, anytime.'"
Rear Adm. M.H. Mittelman, Director Medical Service Corps, sent his regards and heartiest greetings to Rear Adm. Christine Bruzek-Kohler, Chief of Staff and Director of Navy Nurse Corps. In his regards he said the members of the Nurse Corps should be proud of the outstanding contributions they have made in providing precision care to military personnel and their families.
Bruzek-Kohler had her own message to share with the Navy nurses.
"This is a very special week for our profession as we celebrate our Corps' 99th Anniversary on May 13, 2007, and National Nurses Week. As the twenty-first director of the Navy Nurse Corps, I want you to know how very proud I am of our Corps' commitment to deliver competent and compassionate nursing care to those deployed in harms way and to all entrusted to our care. Together, we demonstrate excellence and dedication to the Nursing profession in our practice as both military and civilian nurses through your progressive leadership, innovation, and clinical expertise, all in support of Navy medicine."
Bruzek-Kohler continued saying this year's theme was 'nursing: A profession and a passion.' Passion is what called nurses to the profession in the first place and passion is what they said makes their work meaningful and rewarding. As Navy nurses, their passion for their profession reflects their unique military heritage.
"In 2006, our nurses served with pride in Navy and Marine Corps operational units around the globe: Kuwait, Iraq, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Canada, Germany, Honduras, Peru, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, South Korea, East and West Timor, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Republic of Georgia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At home and abroad, the camaraderie, leadership, professionalism and passion for excellence are what define Navy nursing," Bruzek-Kohler said.
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