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Speakers for the symposium are chosen to give attendees a wide range of perspectives on the life of a navy nurse. Speakers from all levels of navy nursing, ranging from nurses who graduated only a year or two ago to those who have made a career out of navy nursing, are present at each symposium.

Below is list of speakers who attended the Fall 2012 Symposium. A copy of the presentation given by the individual at the 2012 Symposium is provided at the conclusion of each individual's bio.

Captain Sarah L. Martin, Deputy Director for the Navy Nurse Corps

Captain Sarah Martin

Captain Sarah L Martin currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Navy Nurse Corps.  She recently served as the Senior Nurse Executive and Director for Nursing Services at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune from August 2009 to March 2011. 
She was commissioned as an Ensign in June of 1987 after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.  Captain Martin’s first duty
station was at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA, where she was assigned as a staff
nurse to the surgical and medical wards.  She then accepted an overseas assignment to the Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, where she served as the Assistant Division Officer and staff nurse for the Multi-Service Ward. 

Following her overseas tour, Captain Martin transferred to Twentynine Palms, CA, where she accepted a position as Division Officer of the Pediatric Clinic. She left Twentynine Palms to pursue her masters at the University of Washington and followed on to the Naval Hospital, Bremerton, WA, to serve as the Clinical Nurse Specialist from 1998 to 2000. As a Lieutenant Commander in 2000, she accepted a staff tour as the Junior Nurse Corps Assignment Officer to East Coast and Europe at the Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN.

Following her tour in Millington, she was assigned to the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in the Washington, D.C. area.  While in the Washington metro area, she held leadership positions as a Clinic Director, Arlington Annex Branch Clinic, Senior Nurse Executive to the Branch Clinic Directorate, and Department Head for the Surgical Inpatient/Wounded Warrior Ward at the National Naval Medical Center.  She also held a staff tour as the Executive Assistant to the Commander, NNMC. Her personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (Two Gold Star), Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star), and the National Defense Medal (Bronze Star).

CAPT Martin's presentation (.ppt)

Lieutenant Commander Cynthia Hutchinson, USN

LCDR Hutchinson

LCDR Cynthia Hutchinson, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and was commissioned into the Navy Nurse Corps through the NROTC Program in 1996. LCDR Hutchinson’s first duty assignments were the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL, and the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam.  These assignments provided her the opportunity to serve as staff nurse, Department Education and Training Officer, Infant Security Officer, and Childbirth Educator.

In 2002, when her tour on Guam was complete, LCDR Hutchinson returned to the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL.  In 2003, she requested and was granted a Release from Active Duty (RAD).   For the next year, LCDR Hutchinson worked on the Labor and Delivery Unit at Orange Park Medical Center, Orange Park, FL.  During her time as a “civilian”, LCDR Hutchinson realized that Navy Nursing was truly her calling and welcomed the opportunity to return to Active Duty, which she did in 2005. 
LCDR Hutchinson returned to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam where her astute clinical, administrative, and leadership skills led to her role as Division Officer for the Mother Baby Unit.  While in this role, LCDR Hutchinson directly coordinated the multi-disciplinary response for the stabilization of critically ill neonates requiring aero medical evacuation.  She also developed a perinatal orientation program for inexperienced nurses, and implemented critical OB emergency drills to ensure competent care for patients in this geographically remote facility.

From 2008-2011, LCDR Hutchinson served as the Department Head at the Naval Branch Health Clinic, Naval Air Station Fallon, NV. While in this position, LCDR Hutchinson led the clinic towards the implementation of a Medical Home Model resulting in improved access, continuity, wellness and disease management for over 3100 enrolled beneficiaries.  She was also responsible for the training of medical personnel in base-wide emergency management operations.  This role allowed her the opportunity to teach proper triage and decontamination procedures for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear explosive (CBRNE) situations, to teach proper triage for patients involved in mass casualty incidents, and to teach skills associated with the triage and emergency care of patients during Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.

In 2010, LCDR Hutchinson was accepted into the Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) program where she began full time classes in the fall of 2011.  Her current duty assignment is with the UCLA NROTC Consortium where she attends California State University, Dominguez Hills.  She will graduate in December 2012 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing.  Her next duty station will be the Naval Medical Center San Diego where she will serve as the Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Labor & Delivery, Antepartum and Postpartum Units. 

LCDR Hutchinson’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (5 awards).

LCDR Hutchinson's presentation (.ppt)

Lieutenant Commander Zaradhe Yach, USN

Lieutenant Commander Zaradhe Yach was raised in Santa Cruz, California. She graduated cum laude from Marquette University in May 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and was commissioned through the NROTC program.  She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society) and Sigma Theta Tau International (the Honor Society of Nursing).

Her first tour was at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.  She began on the Specialty Surgery Ward, cross-trained to provide care for patients in the outpatient specialty clinics and became conscious sedation certified. She transitioned to the Pediatrics Ward where she was shift charge nurse and provided direct care on a 29-bed multi-service medical, surgical, hematology and oncology ward.  She is also a Plankowner of the Charette Health Care Center.

She reported to Naval Hospital Charleston in July 2000 where she was a Post Anesthesia Care Unit/Ambulatory Procedures Unit staff nurse and Pre-operative Nurse Educator. She provided care to patients on a 12-bed unit and coordinated the admission of 170 patients per month. She provided conscious sedation for patients undergoing endoscopy procedures.  

Seeking additional challenge and autonomy in her nursing practice, she applied and was selected for the highly competitive Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) program for academic year 2003. She earned her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Washington and became certified as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in May of 2005.  She reported to the Family Medicine Clinic at Naval Hospital Bremerton for her utilization tour.

While stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton, she was the Primary Care Manager for a panel of more than 900 patients. She precepted nurse practitioner and multiple undergraduate nursing students and was voted Preceptor of the Year by students and faculty of the University of Washington Nurse Practitioner Program. She deployed with Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait (EMF-K) to Troop Medical Clinic Camp Virginia where she was one of two providers to provide 24-hour care for routine, urgent, and emergent conditions to over 1000 coalition forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Her next duty station was Naval Health Clinic Hawaii in the Family Practice Clinic where she managed a panel of up to 1200 patients. She achieved the command’s highest patient satisfaction rating of 99%. During this tour, she was selected as an Individual Augmentee and deployed with the Army as the Senior Medical Officer for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghazni, Afghanistan. She provided medical support during mounted and dismounted combat patrols, ran the Forward Operating Base Battle Aid Station serving 1600 base personnel, augmented the Forward Surgical Team, coordinated with Afghan Ministry of Public Health officials for health sector development efforts, and managed a Local National Clinic providing care to Afghan men, women, and children.

Lieutenant Commander Yach’s personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Combat Action Badge (Army award), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). Lieutenant Commander Yach transitioned from active duty to the Inactive Ready Reserve in July 2011 and was selected for the rank of Commander for FY 2013.

LCDR Yach Presentation (.ppt)

Lieutenant Commander Joseph Gomez, USN

LCDR Gomez

Commander Select.  Lieutenant Commander Joseph Gomez is currently assigned as the Junior Nurse Corps Assignment Officer for all Nurse Corps Ensigns, Lieutenant Junior Grades, New Accession, Medical Enlisted Commission candidates, STA-21, Nurse Candidate Program and Recruiting constituents. 

Lieutenant Command Gomez has 31 Years Honorable Active Duty Service.  He is a native of Silver City, New Mexico. Attended Valdosta State University, Valdosta Ga. where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1996 and his Masters in Nursing Administration in 2001 from the University of Phoenix.  Prior to receiving his commission he was a Navy Enlisted Dental Technician Surface Warfare Specialist for 13 Years.

Lieutenant Commander Gomez attended Boot Camp at Naval Recruit Center San Diego in 1981, and then was selected to serve on a pre-commission unit, USS Chandler DDG-996 and later attend Dental Technician “A” School. As an enlisted man he served aboard the USS Dixon-AS-37, Naval Dental Center San Diego, USS America-CV-66 where he obtained his ESWS Pin, Naval Dental Center Jacksonville, Fl where he was selected for the MECP Program and attended Valdosta State University, Valdosta Ga, earning his BSN.  His  tours as a commissioned Nurse Corps Officer include: Naval Hospital Jacksonville Fl., Naval Hospital Guam, Naval Hospital Corpus Christi – Deployed with  1st Medical Battalion – CLB7 Marine Unit in Al Asad Iraq earning his FMF Pin, and Naval Medical Center San Diego, TRICARE Outpatient Clinic, Chula Vista OIC/Branch Head, 29 Palms CA, Marine Clinic, Branch Head.

Lieutenant Commander Gomez has held several Leadership position throughout his career to include but not limited to: Fleet Liaison Officer, Department Head for:  Records Administration, Acting Officer in Charge – Ingleside Texas, Branch Head Tri-Care Outpatient Clinic Chula Vista CA., Branch Head Adult Medical Care Clinic Twenty-nine Palms CA. Legal Officer, Public Affair Officer, Division Officer of: Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Pain Clinic, Intensive Care Unit, Medical/Dental Clinics. 

LCDR Gomez is currently attending Naval Post Graduate School for his Executive Masters in Business Administration and is a student at Non-resident Naval War College Program and has taken a leave of absence from his Doctoral Healthcare Administration Program. He has a Masters in Nursing Administration.  His personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star-6), Navy Achievement Medal (Gold Star-3), Enlisted Good Conduct-(Bronze Stars-4), National Defense Medal (Bronze Star), Enlisted Surface Warfare Pin and Fleet Marine Force Pin.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Milan, USN

Lieutenant Junior Grade Milan

After receiving his Commission and graduating from Marquette University in December of 2009, Lieutenant Junior Grade Milan arrived at NNMC Bethesda on Valentine's Day 2010.  He was assigned to 5 East where he cared for our Wounded Warriors, particularly those from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines.  With a sharp increase in war casualties at the time, LTJG Milan was tasked as early as his second week into his initial ward orientation to pass on his knowledge and skills to new Corpsmen, Army LPN students, Midshipmen Nurse Options, and Naval Reservists.  Before long, he assumed charge nurse duties quicker than any other new nurse on the ward, and he was later hand-selected by the command to represent the Navy while cross-training at the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

LTJG Milan then moved to the 4th Deck along with the In-Patient Surgical Wards. He transported the very first patient from 5 East down to the 4th Deck and manned the pilot shifts of 4 West, often at the helm of the Wounded Warrior, Neuro-Surgical, Neurological, Transplant, and Executive Medicine Ward either as Charge Nurse or nursing preceptor.  He was their Infection Control Officer, Morale Officer, primary Charge Nurse trainer, and the first Navy Nurse from his floor to serve as a Medical Attendant for a patient on a MedEvac flight.

At the beginning of October 2012, LTJG Milan was the only nurse outside of the ICU to be sent down to the Emergency Department to alleviate civilian staffing shortages.  He will then PCS to Jacksonville, FL in February 2013. 

LTJG Milan presentation (.ppt)

Ensign Madeline Gillette, USN

Ensign Madeline Gillette was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and is a graduate of Marquette University class of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  She was commissioned into the Navy Nurse Crops through the NROTC Program. After being licensed as a Registered Nurse, Ensign Gillette was stationed at Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, CA where she currently works as a staff nurse on the inpatient pediatric ward.

In her first year of service as a Navy Nurse, Ensign Gillette was certified in pediatric advanced life support (PALS) and trauma nursing care (TNCC). She plans to continue her education by working on a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and hopes to deploy to a combat zone in the near future.

ENS Gillette presentation (.ppt)


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