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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) will honor medical-surgical nurses during Medical-Surgical Nurses Week Nov. 1-7.

This year’s theme for the observance is “Medical-Surgical Nurses on the Frontline: Saving, Preserving and Healing Those Who Fight for our Freedom.” The theme speaks to medical-surgical nurses’ dedication, skills and heroism in the care of those who protect the nation.

Medical-surgical nurses focus every day on caring for patients and families, which is why the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) has designated Medical-Surgical Nurses Week to shift that focus to the nurses themselves.

There will be various activities at WRNMMC to celebrate Medical-Surgical Nurses Week. On Monday from 11 a.m. to noon in Building 10, 4th floor conference room (4029), Lt. Cmdr. Tracey Giles, Navy Nurse Corps Medical Surgical Specialty Leader, will be the guest speaker during a program for the observance. Maj. Jeffrey Hillis, Service Chief Inpatient Surgical 4 Center, and Maj. Janell Pulido, Clinical Nurse Transition Program, will speak from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

On Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Building 10’s flag lobby, there will be a recognition ceremony for nurses who have obtained Medical Surgical Nursing Certification (RN-BC) via American Nurses Credentialing Center or Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) from the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses. Cake will be served.

Medical-surgical nurses possess specialized skills and knowledge of the entire spectrum of nursing care. They make a difference by building the profession of nursing and the medical-surgical nursing specialty, mentoring and nurturing each other, advocating for patients and families, serving their communities through care and education, and improving patient care.

Medical-Surgical Nurses Week was established to raise awareness of the medical-surgical nursing specialty among other nurses. One of the most diverse nursing specialties practiced today, medical-surgical nurses’ care for adult patients in a broad range of settings, applying their expert knowledge to all body systems and disease processes.

To learn more about medical-surgical nursing and AMSN, visit

For more about events at WRNMMC in observance of Medical-Surgical Nurses Week, call Lt. Sheron Y. Campbell at 301-295-8885.