Honoring Medical Group’s heart

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  • By Col. Amy Johnson

During Nurse Tech Week, we shine a spotlight on the incredible dedication, compassion, and expertise of the 96th Medical Group nurses and medical technicians. From active-duty service members to civilian professionals, each member plays an indispensable role in ensuring the health and well-being of our military personnel and their families.

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week by the American Nurses Association since 1990. The week-long celebration ends on the birthday of a woman considered to be the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.

At the 96th Medical Group, our theme for this year mirrors the ANA’s theme of Nurses ‘Make the Difference.’ In the Air Force, we take this week to celebrate both our nurses and medical technicians so we have modified the ANA’s theme to reflect our uniqueness, Nurses and Techs Make the Difference. Our medical group is home to 536 nurses and technicians and we take great pride in caring for our 92,000 beneficiaries.

Nursing is a career field with many opportunities to specialize and find what speaks to each individual as they care for people. Not only is it an opportunity to serve others but it’s also a career that allows for personal and professional growth. In every corner of our Medical Group, nurses and medical technicians stand at the frontline of patient care. They are the ones who administer treatments, comfort patients in times of distress, and provide critical support to our healthcare teams. Their unwavering commitment to excellence and their tireless efforts do not go unnoticed.

One of the most remarkable aspects of our Medical Group is the seamless integration of active duty and civilian professionals. Together, they form a cohesive team that exemplifies the values of service, integrity, and excellence. Regardless of their background or status, each member brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the table, enriching our collective ability to deliver high-quality care.

Nurses, with their extensive training and specialized knowledge, are the backbone of our healthcare system. They are skilled in assessing patient needs, coordinating care plans, and advocating for the best possible outcomes. Whether it's on the battlefield or in a clinic setting, they demonstrate unparalleled courage and resilience in the face of adversity.

Meanwhile, our medical technicians play a vital role in supporting nursing and medical teams. Through their technical expertise and attention to detail, they stand alongside our nursing staff as an extension for the care we provide, they ensure procedures are carried out safely, and patient records are accurately documented. Their behind-the-scenes efforts are essential for the smooth functioning of our healthcare operations.

This Nurse Tech Week, let us take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the nurses and medical technicians within the 96th Medical Group. Your selfless dedication and unwavering commitment to duty inspire us all. Whether you wear the uniform or serve as a civilian, your contributions do not go unnoticed, and we are truly grateful for everything you do.