US Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay Celebrates Nurses Week

Story Number: NNS120510-02Release Date: 5/10/2012 5:12:00 AM
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By Stacey Byington, U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Nurses at U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (USNH GTMO) and the Joint Medical Group (JMG) are joining nurses around the world in celebrating Nurses Week May 6-12.

The Navy Nurse Corps dates its founding back to May 13, 1908.

"Nursing is both a science and an art," said Capt. Kristen Atterbury, director of Nursing Services at USNH GTMO. "It is the art of caring. It is a profession that embraces many talented people who work in unique settings, caring for the young and old. We are proud to honor the compassion and commitment nurses give while saving lives and improving the health of many."

All nurses at Guantanamo Bay were invited to the Nurses Blessing, delivered by Chaplain Tung Tran May 9 outside the hospital. More than 50 registered nurses (military, civilian, and family members) serve on the base. Posters depicting the various aspects of the nursing profession are hung on walls around the hospital.

Three Navy Nurse Corps detailers, and one placement officer, led by Capt. Lavencion Starks, senior Nurse Corps detailer are visiting USNH GTMO May 9-12, talking to hospital and JMG nurses about careers and follow-on assignments.

The weeklong commemoration concludes with a cake-cutting May 11, celebrating the 104th birthday of the founding of the Navy Nurse Corps.

"Today, the Navy Nurse Corps' primary mission is to provide professional nursing care to, and promote the health of, uniformed service personnel and their dependents," said Rear Adm. Elizabeth Niemyer, director, Navy Nurse Corps. "From the clinic to the classroom, Navy nurses have the unique responsibility to educate and supervise hospital staff in the theory and practice of providing nursing care to patients. Navy nurses serve worldwide, from traditional settings such as medical centers, hospitals and branch health clinics to flying the wounded, ill and injured from battle."

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