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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Today's Focus:

Army Nurse Corps Celebrates 110th Anniversary

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The Army Nurse Corps has been and continues to be in every major conflict that the United States has taken part in and serves as a critical factor in the outcome of the health of our service members and their families. Over time, our mission has grown broader, yet there has been one constant - the devotion of the individual nurse in providing excellent nursing care."

- U.S. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker

110th Army Nurse Corps Anniversary

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"The best way to learn culture is not from reading a book or watching it on TV. Interacting with people and the culture is the best way to experience new things. This is a unique mission like I have never been on before ... This trip is different from other places I have been like Germany, which is more similar to American culture than Japanese culture."

-Sgt. Kim Rene Blackgoat, who has been in the Army for 17 years, is in Japan for Yama Sakura 59, and has interacted with Japanese culture by - dining with a Japanese family and visiting a Japanese kindergarten.

U.S. Soldier uses postal skills to boost morale for Japanese counterparts

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Nurse Corps Celebrates 110th Anniversary

What it is?

The Army Nurse Corps, on Feb. 2, 2011, celebrates its 110th anniversary and another chapter in its rich tradition of dedicated service. The theme for this year's celebration "Touching Lives for 110 Years" epitomizes the women and men of the Army Nurse Corps and is the essence of what Army nurses do every day.

What the Army Nurse Corps has done?

Men and women have served as Army nurses since 1775. The history of the Army Nurse Corps however, dates back to 1901 when Army nurses became a part of the Army Medical Department. Today, under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, deputy surgeon general and chief of the Army Nurse Corps, more than 9,000 Army nurses are on active duty, in the U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard in support of military and humanitarian missions in the U.S. and overseas. Horoho developed a four-year campaign plan with a 15-year blueprint to transform the Army Nurse Corps into a vibrant, relevant and flexible corps of the future. Leader Development, Warrior Care, Evidence Based Management and Human Capitol are the four strategic imperatives for the Army Nurse Corps.

What the Army Nurse Corps has planned for the future?

Capitalizing on a legacy and history of dedicated service, the Army Nurse Corps continues to learn from its historic past as it transforms for the future as part of the Army surgeon general's Culture of Trust initiative. The Army Nursing System of Care, an initiative first piloted at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., is being rolled out at Madigan, Brooke and Womack Army Medical Centers and eventually to all Army military treatment facilities (MTF) over the next 12 months, to ensure that one standard of care exists for all patients at every Army MTF.

Why the Army Nurse Corps is this important to the Army?

The Army Nurse Corps has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Army since 1901, providing care and touching the lives of Soldiers and servicemembers, retirees and their family members. The Army Nurse Corps is driving change in support of the Army, Army medicine and the nursing profession. For the Army Nurse Corps, their motto says it all "Embrace the Past"- leverage our lessons learned; "Engage the Present"- achieve performance excellence; and "Envision the Future"- ensure organizational credibility and sustainability.

Resource:

Army Nurse Corps

STAND-TO! edition: Culture of Trust

U.S. Army Surgeon General LTG Eric B. Schoomaker's blog: 110th Army Nurse Corps anniversary

Maj. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, deputy surgeon general and chief of the Army Nurse Corps' blog: 110th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps

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