F.E. Warren celebrates National Nurses Week

Tech. Sgt. Kylle Hannan, NCOIC of education and training, 90th Medical Group, and Lt. Col. Erin Knightner, 90th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, highlight a whiteboard celebrating National Nurses Week on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, May 6. The 90 MDG celebrates National Nurses Week to recognize medical staff for their efforts. Photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Munoz

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE – National Nurses Week was celebrated on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, May 6-12 in efforts to recognize nurses and medical technicians at the 90th Medical Group for enhancing the mission.

“In and out of the military, we celebrate nurses,” said Lt. Col. Erin Knightner, 90th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander. “We honor the sacrifices we’ve made, and especially over the past year, it has been challenging for healthcare providers in light of COVID-19.”

Nurses and medical technicians are meant to take some time during National Nurses Week to appreciate their accomplishments and decompress.

“We have food, take photos and talk about what our superpowers would be if we could have any superpowers,” said Knightner.

One of the “superpowers” held by medical staff is the ability to assess another person. This is a critical skill needed by nurses to allow them to better perform their job, according to Knightner.

“Assessing is a continuous skill that nurses have to find out how a patient is doing and what they need to best advance their care,” said Knightner. “An assessment can be conducted through a conversation or by viewing their physical appearance.”

The pandemic has made it more difficult for medical staff at the 90 MDG to properly assess their patients.

“We’ve had obstacles to providing care,” said Knightner. “We can’t see all of our patients face to face. It’s really hard to try to assess someone over the phone and find out what their needs are.”

Medical staff at the 90 MDG have exemplified their core values in the midst of the pandemic to complete their mission.

“They are very passionate about their job,” said Knightner. “It’s an honor to be their chief nurse. They have put their service before self this past year and have worked tirelessly to make sure our population gets the care that they need.”

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