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

This year's theme for the observance was "Medical-Surgical Nurses on the Frontline: Saving, Preserving and Healing Those Who Fight for our Freedom." The theme spoke 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.

WRNMMC held various activities to celebrate Medical-Surgical Nurses Week. Lt. Cmdr. Tracey Giles, Navy Nurse Corps Medical Surgical Specialty Leader, was the guest speaker during a program for the observance Nov. 5. Maj. Jeffrey Hillis, service chief of Inpatient Surgical 4 Center, and Maj. Janell Pulido, of the Clinical Nurse Transition Program, also spoke at the event.

A recognition ceremony was held Nov. 7 in building 10's flag lobby 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.

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 www.amsn.org.