Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) awarded eight staff members for excellence in nursing during a National Nurses Week ceremony at TAMC May 8, 2014.

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, Commanding General for Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC) and Tripler Army Medical Center, along with deputies and department chiefs, were in attendance to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of all award winners and nominees.

"It's exciting," said Colonel Jennifer Bedick, Regional Nurse Executive for PRMC and Deputy Commander for Nursing at TAMC. "It's fun to be able to celebrate it. It's hard sometimes, though, for nurses to pat themselves on the back but it's exciting when others recognize it and see it and share in that time."

The Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center also recognized four of its members with awards in nursing excellence.

The guest speaker for the event was Col. (ret.) Stephanie Marshall, Director for Community Partnerships for the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at the University of Hawai'i and former Commander of TAMC in 2004, who thanked all nursing personnel in attendance. "I want to acknowledge and thank all of you, the Tripler and the VA staff, for your service and your dedication to the care of our military and ohana, the active duty members, the family members and the veterans."

During the event, leadership highlighted a recent accomplishment. The Army Nurse Corps Patient CaringTouch System Shared Accountability Award was given to the Progressive Care Unit.

Col Bedick read a congratulatory letter from Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, Commanding General of the Southern Regional Medical Commander, Market Manager for the San Antonio Military Health Systems and Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, stating, "I am so proud of your team for recognizing the importance of certification, identifying the barriers and overcoming those gaps with your project. I look forward to your next initiative, keep up the great work."

"It truly is selfless service for what we do every day, and it was something nurses did before the Army adopted that term," said Col Bedick.

The Army Nurse Corps provides responsive, innovative, and evidenced based nursing care integrated on the Army Medicine Team to enhance readiness, preserve life and function, and promote health and wellness for all those entrusted to our care.