by Airman 1st Class Michael Cossaboom
20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
5/12/2015 - SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Running
from May 6-12, nurses and medical technicians throughout the Air Force
were recognized for the care they provide to Service members and their
The theme of the week "Ethical Practice and Quality Care," serves as a
platform to celebrate the ways nurses and medical technicians provide
safe, efficient, and high quality healthcare to their customers.
The Air Force has approximately 3,000 nurses and 5,000 medical
technicians charged with maintaining the well-being and health of
approximately 2.6 million beneficiaries worldwide.
"Nurses and technicians provide cross-functional collaboration to
improve patient care delivery," said Lt. Col. Heather Perez, 20th
Medical Group chief nurse. "They assess individual's and the
population's health needs through collecting, recording, and analyzing
health data from nursing history, physical examinations, preventative
health assessments and other sources."
Nurses and medical technicians can serve in a multitude of medical areas
such as ambulance services, family health, pediatrics, flight medicine,
and intensive care units.
"As nurses and techs, we have to be versatile," said Debra Green, 20th
Medical Operations Squadron pediatrics nurse. "You never know when
you'll have to fill another nurse's or tech's position, so we have to be
capable of performing various tasks."
Providing care for Service members and their family's is an important
aspect of their mission, and the skills they are able to provide in a
deployed environment are equally as imperative.
"Air Force nurses and medical technicians play a tremendous role in the
defense of our nation," said Perez. "Both work aeromedical evacuation
with a 98% patient survivability rate from combat wounds, transporting
patients from the battlefield to advanced treatment both in Europe and
Nurses and medical technicians across the Air Force are charged with
keeping Service members healthy and fit so that they can continue to
fly, fight, and win.
"The cost-effective, safe and quality healthcare services Air Force
nurses and technicians provide is a critical component of the U.S.
Military Health System and will continue to be so as we forge our way
into a healthier, stronger future," said Perez.