Team Whiteman celebrates National Nurses and Medical Technician Week

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  • By Heidi Hunt
  • 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
The 509th Medical Group is joining the American Nurses Association in celebrating National Nurses and Medical Technician Week at this Air Force Global Strike Command base May 6-12.

The national theme of the weeklong celebration is "Trusted to Care" and the purpose of this celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nurses and medical technicians and educate the public about the role they play in meeting heath care needs.

The role of medics and nurses in the health care profession is to embrace and treat patients while working together seamlessly.

Since World War II, more than 99,000 nurses have served in the Army and Navy. This year marks the 62nd anniversary of the Air Force Nurse Corps, which emerged from the Army Nurse Corps in July 1949.

"It is important to remember that not only here in the U.S., but across the globe, nurses and technicians are working tirelessly to provide quality care, seven days a week, 365-days a year," said Staff Sgt. Barbara Lay, 509th MDG aerospace medical technician. "Illness never takes a holiday."

The 509th MDG employs more than 60 military and civilians nurses and technicians who dedicate and focus on the care of individuals, families and communities so they may promote or maintain optimal health and quality of life from conception to death, according to Sergeant Lay.

As part of the celebration, the clinic will honor the 'every day heroes' with various events such as a luncheon, special treats and team building exercises according to Sergeant Lay.

Airman 1st Class Holly Kimble, 509th MDG medical technician, said that the celebration lets her know that her work doesn't go unnoticed and shows how much they are appreciated for the hard work they do.

"I believe that when you are recognized, it makes you work harder," the airman said.

"We invite all Team Whiteman members to help honor these heroes by extending their gratitude and thank a nurse or medic today," said Danellie Wilson, 509th MDG utilization manager and registered nurse.

Although the annual celebration is one week, nurses and technicians put forth efforts year-round to ensure patients are provided with quality medical care year-round.