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July 2017 Newsletter now available on Members Site

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 President’s Corner

Greetings from the NNCA President

July 2017


Greetings to all,

Stephen Covey’s lessons for highly effective leaders include the principle “BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND”. During our recent Strategic Planning meeting in San Diego, our wonderful facilitator, Charles Mount, capitalized on this tactic to enhance the effectiveness of our meeting and to keep us focused on the task.

If you log in to the MEMBERS Site of NNCA.ORG and click on the MINUTES icon you will see the revisions to our Mission, Vision, Values and Goals. We chose to approach this undertaking using an active voice, simplifying the language, and capturing the essence of our organization. Please note the use of the term “IS” in our mission and vision. Look closely at our values, which we believe truly reflect that our members not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.

In the past four years, we experienced a 16% drop in membership, yet we remain a robust group of former and current Navy Nurses. However, in order to remain relevant and vital, we spent a good deal of time discussing how to recruit and retain members. To that end, we plan to identify and possibly hire a marketing expert for non-profit organizations. We want this individual to examine our current methods of recruitment and retention and to advise us on opportunities for growth. Jim Hosack is actively working on this endeavor.  Read more…. 

Robin McKenzie, President

Who We Are….

Established in 1987, the Navy Nurse Corps Association is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to bringing Navy Nurses together. We are an association for caring and sharing, where what matters most is not rank, but being, or having been, a Navy Nurse. Any Navy Nurse Corps Officer, whether Active Duty, Reserves, Retired, or Honorably Discharged, may join the NNCA.

Membership Information

  • Join or Renew your membership Online
  • Download Application
  • See if there is a NNCA chapter close to you!
  • WMANNCA Scholarship Programs 2017- Need Money For Graduate School? 2017 Graduate Degree Nursing Scholarship Opportunity! Three WMANNCA Chapter Nursing Scholarships will be offered to three Navy Nurses, active duty (non DUINS), reserve component, retired or former Navy Nurses, to continue their studies for an advanced graduate degree in Nursing. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to each winner. The applicant must live or work in the WMANNCA AOR (Maryland, Northern Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware or the District of Columbia. Deadline for submission is April 1, 2017! CLICK HERE to Download the  guidelines and application materials
  • FNNCA Scholarship Programs – Scholarships of $1500 are being offered to undergraduate nursing students and/or Registered Nurses  in an accredited baccalaureate degree in nursing program or for students who are pursuing a graduate degree in nursing.  Recipients of scholarships will be selected by the Florida Navy Nurse Corps Association Scholarship Committee.  The award will go directly to the recipient. We will award 2 scholarships in this category for 2016.  Application deadline November 16, 2016.      CLICK HERE to download Application

Other Information……..

  • Navy Nurse Oral Histories Vietnam Video NNCA Southern California History Committee has put together a video of oral histories as recorded by Navy Nurse Corps Officers who served in Vietnam.  Click Here
  • 2018 NNCA Reunion “Back to Sea” information flyer.  Hosted by the Northwest Chapter of the NNCA.   More Information….
  • 2018 NNCA Reunion Cruise “Back to Sea” Planning Survey.   Please complete the attached survey if you are considering attending the “Back to Sea” Reunion.  The Northwest Chapter requests this information for planning purposes.  Click here for Survey
  • Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery – The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new program, Veterans Pre Need Burial Eligibility Determination that will greatly assist Veterans and their families.  This program can be found at http://www.cem.va.gov/pre-need/ ,  download Pre-Need Application, Pre-Need Fact Sheet.
  • Virtual Museum Help – Are you having trouble finding items in the Virtual Museum?  Click Here to download a “Key Word” list that will help you find items quicker.
  • Oral History Project –  Oral History Project transcripts are now available on the Publications Page of the Members site.  There are a total of 43 transcripts available for your reading.  Log in to Members Site and click on Publications.  You will see an Icon for Oral History Project.  You can search All transcripts or Individually by name.  A Help button is also available.   Log In 
  •  NNCA is now a Supportive Associate with The DAISY Foundation.  DAISY was created to celebrate nurses who provide extraordinary compassionate and skillful care.  Read More….
  • 2016 NNCA Awards Recipients.   Read More….
  • Military Nursing Books – An annotated bibliography of  books written by military nurses while serving in wartime, Ellen K. Duvall, member at large, NNCA.
  • Nurse Veterans Wanted for a Research Study.  Researchers from Madigan Army Medical Center are seeking former military nurses, with deployment experience in a theater of war, to participate.  For more information click Research Study.
  • NNCA 2015 Reunion  Photo Album — The NNCA 2015 Reunion Album is now available on NNCA.org.  To view the album click on the flickr icon on the home page and then click on Albums.

In Review

Quiet Heroes Navy Nurses of the Korean War 1950-1953 Far East Command

cover-heros-204x300by Commander Frances Omori, U.S.N.

Author Commander Frances Omori, honors these unsung heroes of the Korean War through stories, photographs, historical documents, and the words of grateful patients. She provides a memorable mosaic of the navy nurses’ healing compassion amid the brutality of war.  Click here for more information.


“Make Way For The Lady Ensign: An American Memoir

lady ensign

Kay Thompson Baxter


In 1991, Kay Thompson Baxter’s adult children asked her to write her memoir. They wanted to know more about their mother’s life growing up on a farm in the Piedmont region of North Carolina and her experiences as a United States Navy Nurse during World War II.  Click here for more information.