The San Diego NROTC Nurse Club aims to promote professional experience and interaction for our unit’s future Naval Nurse Corps officers through organized events during the semester. As the ten of us near the end of our time with San Diego NROTC, we have begun tailoring events with the focus of gaining new information and knowledge about what to expect as newly commissioned nurses in the fleet. Events have varied from simple camaraderie building to “de-stressing” nights, while in the midst of our hectic clinical schedules.
The nurse club also hosted a variety of events that provided leadership opportunities and self-advocacy for professional development, such as:
Volunteering at the San Diego Heart Walk: This event allowed us the opportunity to advocate for health and wellness throughout the community.
Meetings with LCDR Brooke Basford (currently enrolled at USD, achieving her Nurse Practitioner), her husband CDR Ross Basford (Operating Room department at NMCSD), and retired O-6, Angelica Almonte: These discussions provided us valuable insight from those with years of experience, such as what we may expect after we commission and what may be anticipated as our first tour comes to an end.
Medication Safety Administration Night: This even provided a hands-on refresher course for the appropriate dosing and administration of medication. Mindfulness is key to preventing medication errors, and it is through events like these that we keep ourselves in check and ensure the best care for our patients.
USS Mercy Tour: This tour of the Navy’s floating hospital, homeported in San Diego, provided us with a broader understanding of what the Nurse Corps has to offer around the world, and the vast humanitarian opportunities offered to Naval Nurses.
Midshipman Erica Charlesworth Nurse Club President, Fall 2015