JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas --
On March 25, 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation designating May 6 a “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”
In 1990, the recognition was expanded to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6-12, 1991, as the first National Nurses Week.
Celebrating a tradition of honoring the backbone of our health care system, the 59th Medical Wing kicked off National Nurse Week with the signing of a new proclamation declaring May 6-12 as Nurse and Medical Technician Appreciation week.
“Our medical technicians provide care wherever and whenever needed, there are times when they are faced with demanding challenges to include deployments and improvements for their clinics; however, they always step up and ensure the mission gets accomplished,” said Chief Master Sgt. Alando Respress, 59th MDW 4N functional manager.
Each Medical Group in the 59th MDW will conduct daily events throughout the week, which nurses and medical technicians will participate in, with the celebration culminating May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing, was once quoted as saying, “The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.” This mindset was evident throughout her life as she worked tirelessly to improve unsanitary conditions in her hospital.
“Serving in the Air Force as a nurse or medical technician is more than a calling, it is a way of life. Our core values of integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do, serves as a foundation to give us the strength and courage to answer the call of duty anytime, anywhere,” said Col. Ramona Fields, 959th Medical Group, Chief Nurse.
“We are a team of dedicated health care professionals, ready and more than willing to support the mission and serve our country 24/7,” Fields said. “Trusted care begins with each member of the Air Force Medical Service. I am honored to serve as a member of this elite health care team.”
Please take the time to come out to the Joint Base San Antonio medical groups this week and show your appreciation to the nurses and medical technicians who are working behind the scenes to ensure the 59 MDW has combat capable Airmen who deliver Trusted Care.
For more information about the 59 MDW, visit www.59mdw.mil.