Armed Services Nurse
and what formal credentials do you hold?
I obtained a bachelor of science degree in Nursing, May 1980, at Georgetown University; a master of science degree in Health Care Administration, May 1997, at the University of New Haven; a master of science Nursing, dual degree, Medical Surgical Nursing and Nursing Administration in May 1999, at the University of Maryland; and a post master’s certificate as Family Nurse Practitioner in December 2002, from the University of Maryland.
My initial attention to nursing occurred when I was in junior high school during a time when a family member became ill and was hospitalized for a short period of time prior to his death. The nurses provided such empathetic care to both the patient and my entire family that I began to think this was something I would like to do. I thought about it for a brief time but never really looked into how to become a nurse. During my senior year of high school, I realized that I had to apply to colleges and I needed a major, so I applied to nursing school. Upon completing nursing school, I started working at George Washington University Medical Center on an internal medicine ward and really liked what I was doing. The patients were very sick but I liked caring for them and their families. The work was hard and very tiring but I seemed to have