Happy Anniversary: Tuskegee U.S. Army Nurse Corps marks 113 years

Updated: 2/3/2014 11:29 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

The celebration cake decorations included the corps’ 2014 anniversary theme: “Everyday heroes in healthcare”


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TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 1, 2014) — Army nurses are often on the front lines of health care for America’s fighting men and women and Tuskegee University honored their decades of service Friday. Tuskegee’s  Army ROTC and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health marked the 113th anniversary of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps with a program and recruitment event. The United States Army Nurse Corps was established February 2, 1901.

The program included a panel discussion in Basil O’Connor Hall with Army nurses and brigade nurse counselors. There was also a set-up of field hospital equipment that students could tour and get info about trauma and everyday medical care.

Complete with a working patient model, the set-up included vital sign monitors, suction kits, oxygen tanks, power supplies, and medical supply bags. With equipment meant to be durable and portable, the field hospital can be self-sustaining in the direst of conditions. These hospitals are the first line of medical care for injured and ill soldiers on the battlefield.

“Hopefully, this will dispel any misconceptions about the Army and its medical care. The Army is going to spend any amount of dollars to ensure that we have cutting edge technology,” said Staff Sgt. Timothy Hobbs, a medical department recruiter stationed in Columbus, Ga.

Col. Teresa Townsend, Tuskegee’s Army ROTC recruiting operations officer said seeing the field hospital was also

Left to right: Capt. Rebecca E. Beard, assistant professor of military science; Chatman-Brown and Townsend.

an excellent experience for students who plan to go into civilian health care.

“This is really a professional development opportunity,” said. “[Civilian nurses] can be in severe weather and hurricanes and need this information.”