Have you ever wondered what you might have done if you were not in the Navy Nurse Corps? I find myself reminiscing every now and then and wonder how different my life would be without you…Navy Nurses and Navy Medicine. Becoming a nurse was never anything but my career choice. After all, Cherry Ames and Clara Barton were heroines whose adventures I fell in love with. The idea of joining the military did not become an ”Ah Ha” moment until graduation at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
At that time, I was pretty certain I would marry the local gas station attendant (he was pretty darn cute), or the Captain of the Football Team at Bridgeport High School. He was even cuter. I was also certain I would have a dozen children just like my mom and live in tiny little Bridgeport until I died.
Two things influenced my decision to make Navy Nursing my career. First, my brother (also a Captain of the Football, Basketball and Baseball teams) attended the United States Air Force Academy. He would come home with the most wonderful stories of adventure and fun; at least that is all I heard.
Second, a Navy Physician worked at the hospital where I got my first job. He was stationed in Puerto Rico and his stories were rich with excitement and romance. So, it was off to the recruiter at my first chance.
As they say, the rest is history. Thirty years later, having experienced a splendid career with many Navy adventures, I now sit back and relish the memories and friendships. And that is exactly what we will all be doing this spring at the Annual Meeting in San Diego. I look forward to seeing all of you there.
I would also like to congratulate our newest board members, Christine Boltz, Maria Harbeson, and Tracy Krauss. We are excited to have you.
Robin McKenzie, President NNCA