Preserving our legacy, sharing moments today, and promoting our future.

Presidents Corner

Greetings from the NNCA President

Pat Kenney

November 2022

As we watch summer wind down and begin to appreciate the colors of fall, I am thankful for all of you; members, Chapter and Board leaders, who volunteer your time and your knowledge to keep the NNCA strong. An organization is just a shell without the passion and spirit of its members. And after attending the Chapter President, Board, and Marketing meetings, I can tell you that the passion and spirit is strong!

Whether large or small, the Chapters are reaching out to Veterans organizations, awarding scholarships, contacting the members who are unable to use technology and representing themselves and the organization in the best conceivable way. What we need now is new members who will continue our mission to document our history and carry on the traditions of the NNCA. We need the energy and the passion of the young and recently retired, active duty and reserves. We need veterans of the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We need to hear their stories. And when they read ours, in the oral histories, I hope they recognize the same spirit, passion and knowledge that motivated us, and motivated them.  But to do this we need to be growing our organization. A membership management company named Wild Apricot surveyed 1,231 organizations in 2020 to see how they grew their membership and revenue.  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.  

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 Washington Metro Area Navy Nurse Corps Association Is Back With 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:  Monday, 13 March 2023.  Download the guidelines and application materials here.

NWNNCA 2022 Scholarships:  The NWNNCA 2022 Scholarship Program has closed.  Watch this space for further information on the 2023 scholarships.


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