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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:35pm
FORT BLISS — Nineteen graduates of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center Practical Nurse Course are ready to join the ranks of Army nurses.
Members of Class 13-040, military occupational specialty 68C, WBAMC’s Practical Nurse Course, received their certificates of completion during a graduation ceremony at Sage Hall, Fort Bliss, Texas, June 25.
“The teamwork that you exhibit here will be necessary as Army practical nurses,” said guest speaker Staff Sgt. Jeremy A. Lochabay, instructor, 68C Practical Nurse Course, Phase I, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The course is designed for enlisted Soldiers to achieve entry-level practical nursing competencies to be applied during peace and mobilization and to support combat support hospitals and fixed medical facilities.
The 52-week course is one of the Army’s longest training courses and is conducted in two phases. Recent graduates completed their Phase I, eight-week course, at Fort Sam Houston, before arriving at WBAMC for Phase II.
During Phase II, Soldiers completed more than 500 hours of classroom instruction and more than 800 hours of clinical instruction.
“It was very hard work but well worth it,” said graduate Sgt. Phillip D. Singleton Sr. Singleton was awarded the Iron Man Award for maintaining an above 90 percentile average for physical fitness.
“Before I leave I want the next class of graduates to know that they are supported and want them to give their best to the program. Serving patients will be the reward in itself,” he said.
From comprehensive and intensive medical training, taking blood and vitals from patients was only one part of the program that these graduates focused on.
“Your hard work has paid off and I’d like to personally thank you for the dedication and effort that you put into this program,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Stinson, program director, 68C Phase II, WBAMC in his remarks to the class.
The graduates will come across future patients that will need their critical skills and “compassion will be met with the needs of the patients,” said Lochabay.
“You will put their needs in front of your own because the patient population involves veterans, service members, and even your own family members. They will need you as much as you need them.” he said.
A standing ovation was given to the graduates at the end of the ceremony. Attendees hugged and cheered for the graduates as they exited the building.