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“Upon entering the room, I found his wife at his bedside,” said Cmdr. Tommie E. Davis Jr., command inspector general at U.S. Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy. “I introduced myself as Lt. Davis and informed the patient and his wife that I would be his nurse for the night.”


The patient’s wife went on to tell Davis that he had cared for her two sons when he was an enlisted hospitalman.


“The moment that I knew I must have done something right back then was when she looked at her husband and stated ‘you are in good hands tonight, I am going home,’” said Davis. “One cannot describe in words, the feeling you get when that kind of trust is placed in you as a healthcare professional, especially a nurse.”


In 1908, Congress established the Navy Nurse Corps. Today more than 4,000 active duty and reserve men and women make up the corps. They provide operational, humanitarian and traditional nursing care in peacetime and wartime under conventional and nonconventional circumstances.


With so many members comprising the Nurse Corps, there are a variety of reasons that qualified applicants are signing up to join the Navy’s elite team of healthcare professionals.


“I did not want my parents to pay for college, so the military became an appealing option for pursuing my education due to the educational benefits,” said Davis. “My first choice was to join the Marine Corps but since I was determined to pursue a career in the medical field that was not an option. The recruiter informed me of the option to join the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and obtain orders to serve with the Marines which is what I did.”


After Davis joined, he began to research ways to further his education with the end goal of gaining a commission as an officer in the Navy.


“It was then I started to research all available Navy commissioning programs in order to make the best decision,” said Davis. “So after my research and encouragement, I finally made the decision that the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP) was a viable option to complete my baccalaureate degree. I applied and was accepted into the MECP, graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and have since obtained my Master of Science degree and Master of Arts from the Naval War College, all courtesy of the Nurse Corps and the Navy.”  


Now that Davis has obtained his goal of becoming a healthcare professional in the Navy, he has some advice for those who may be considering becoming part of the Nurse Corps as well.


“The first thing I would advise is to complete your research,” said Davis. “There are many opportunities available in the Navy including progression to officer from the enlisted ranks, to school loan repayment, and other incentive programs. As with any organization, the military and Navy medicine has its challenges and a distinct culture that may not be conducive for everyone. The bottom line and what should be remembered is no matter what your reason for joining the Navy medicine team, the Navy wants you for one reason: to protect and heal our warfighters when the need arises.”

 

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