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Presidents Corner

Greetings from the NNCA President

Pat Kenney

July 2022

I am pleased and honored to be the new President of the NNCA. As I told Donna Styles, I initially said No, but then had a clear picture of CAPT Mary Stewart, one of the founders of NNCA from Bremerton, WA. She adopted me when I was the DNS at Bremerton and instructed the Red Cross volunteers to tell me if anything untoward was happening in the hospital! They were a bit like Sherlock Holmes Baker Street Irregulars.


A former Chief Nurse at the hospital, Mary, Doris Sterner, Lou Bell, and others were passionate about collecting the Navy Nurse Corps' memories and history. They saw the history slipping away and wanted to capture it. Fast forward 25 years, and now I am in her shoes.

I am grateful to Donna Styles for her mentorship and efforts to bring the views of the Chapter Presidents to the Board Members. I hope to continue her outreach and welcome any of the Chapter Presidents or members to reach out to me to share their observations or areas where the organization can improve. I would also like to thank our other outgoing Board Members, Debby Nelson-Holsworth and Pam Rourke-Parlier for their stewardship. To the incoming Board Members, Veronica Armstrong, Rosie Perdue, and Vince Starks; thank you for volunteering. Read more 

Membership Information

New Member Recruitment Initiative: we are thrilled to announce that the NNCA Board of Directors has approved a one year free membership for any NEW applicant members.

Our Mission: NNCA is dedicated to preserve the rich history and the traditions of the Navy Nurse Corps. We accomplish this through networking and facilitating mentorship opportunities, advancing military nursing, and advocating for the conservation of Nurse Corps memorabilia.

Are you a current, former, or retired Navy nurse who served on active duty or in the Navy Reserve?  Are you proud of your service to our country?   Do you wish to preserve the rich traditions that began in 1908 with the establishment of the Navy Nurse Corps, then please consider joining us.  

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There is a link to the paper application on the homepage - click Get Involved/Members at Large.  New members can also use the online application along with a request to for the complimentary membership.

Scholarship Opportunities

WMANNCA 2022 Scholarships! The WMANNCA (Washington Metro Area Navy Nurse Corps Association) has Scholarship Money to Give! If you are a current or former Navy Nurse living or working in the area served by WMANNCA; (MD, VA, WV, PA, NJ, DE, or DC)  apply for one of the three available $1500 scholarships.  These scholarships are open to active duty (non DUINS), reserve component, retired or former Navy Nurses to continue their studies for a graduate degree in Nursing. Application deadline: Tuesday, 1 September 2022.  Download the guidelines and application materials here.

NWNNCA 2022 Scholarships: The Northwest Navy Nurse Corps Association is offering a $1500 scholarship to a student in a BSN program who will graduate between December 2022 and August 2023.  The school of nursing must be located in one of the following states:  Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.  Completed applications are due no later than 15 June 2022.


In Memoriam 2022 presentation:  In Memoriam

Memorabilia Program

Beginning in 1987, NNCA housed the Memorabilia Collection at the Memorabilia Center in Port Orchard, Washington.  In 2014, the NNCA Board of Directors decided to relocate the Memorabilia and Oral History Collections to History Associates Incorporateds storage facility in Rockville, Maryland, for long-term storage and management.

NNCA Chapter members and NNCA members-at-large within each Chapter catchment area are requested to contact the corresponding Chapter Memorabilia Representative for assistance with donating items to the Memorabilia collection.  Read more

Oral History Project

The Oral History Collection is comprised of audio and video recordings and associated documentation relating to interviewed Nurse Corps Officers.  The first recordings date back to 1989, when Doris M. Sterner began collecting and managing the oral histories of Navy Nurses as research for her book, In and Out of Harms Way.  Click here if you would like to conduct or participate in an Oral History interview.

Warrior Canine Connection

WCC is a non-profit in Boyds, MD that trains mobility service dogs for wounded veterans and names their dogs after fallen or inspiring service members.  Each puppy trained will bring awareness to the inspiring service of their namesake while helping to heal the invisible wounds of recovering warriors.  Anyone can nominate a namesake and the submission process is easy.  Read More