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Presidents Corner

Greetings from the NNCA President

Cindy Sweeney

July 2023

I have kept the picture of my promotion from Ensign to LTJG on my desk. The significance is in who pinned that silver bar on me - CAPT Francis Shea, Director of Nursing Services, Naval Regional Medical Center (NRMC), San Diego. She was soon promoted to Admiral, becoming the Director of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1979. The picture reminds me of my nursing history and the leaders who inspired me. When I received the call from Pat Kenney inviting me to be President of the Board for the Navy Nurse Corps Association (NNCA), that picture and the responsibility we each have when asked to serve, came to mind. I am proud of our Navy Nurse Corps heritage and honored to serve as your President.  Read more 


NNCA Reunion Fall Foliage Cruise 2024Join us aboard the Norwegian Jade

The response to the NNCA Fall Foliage Cruise greatly exceeded our expectations! Nearly 130 cabins were booked and reservations through our cruise planner have now closed. All questions concerning the cruise should now be directed to nennca@nnca.orgFurther reservations are available directly through Norwegian Cruise Line. Once booked, go to to create your account and view additional information and updates concerning the cruise.

Click here for full cruise details including cruise line, itinerary, costs, and FAQs.

Excursions for the cruise can be booked directly through You will need to create an account and enter the reservation number on your confirmation. Only one excursion is currently posted for our cruise.


The Reunion Committee will begin collecting requests for the hotel block and bus transfers to the port after July 31st. Contact information for the hotel reservations will be provided once the block is established.


It is imperative that you are an active member to attend the cruise functions and receive email notifications. Remember, the first year of NNCA membership is free and non-members can go to or click here to join. Memberships will also be reactivated for delinquent members that book in the NNCA block. 


We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Fall 2024.

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 preserving the rich history and 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.  

Apply at  

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 2023 Scholarships:  The WMANNCA (Washington Metro Area Navy Nurse Corps Association) 2023 Scholarship Program has closed.  Watch this space for information on 2024 scholarships. New information will be posted in November 2023.

NWNNCA 2023 Scholarships: The Northwest Navy Nurse Corps is offering a one-time $1500.00 scholarship to a student in a program leading to a bachelor's degree in nursing.  The student must be attending a school accredited by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE) and anticipate graduation between December 2023 and August 2024.  The student should choose the application specific to your degree pathway (Pre-licensure BSN, RN to BSN, or Accelerated BSN) and submit the completed application to the Chair of the Scholarship Committee no later than 20 June 2023.

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 Incorporated 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