I am Navy Medicine

Why I Chose Navy Nursing: Cmdr. Benfield

By Cmdr. Shelly Beck Benfield, department head, Internal Medicine, U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Cmdr. Benfield has been in the Navy for over 17 years. As part of Nurses Week and the Navy Nurse Corps birthday, May 13, we are highlighting the great work our Navy nurses are doing worldwide. When I was 12 years old, my mother was diagnosed Leukemia …

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I AM NAVY MEDICINE

A Few Words from a Navy Nurse  We don’t always get to choose our career, sometimes it chooses us.  When I started out as a brand new Navy nurse, I just knew I’d be working in operating rooms and assisting with cardiothoracic surgeries.  I never imagined that I would end up dedicating my professional life to psychiatric and mental health …

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I AM NAVY MEDICINE

A Few Words from a Navy Medicine Doctor For as long as I can recall, I have been interested in medicine and aviation. Therefore, when the Navy gave me the option to defer the remainder of my orthopaedic surgery residency and serve a tour as a Naval Flight Surgeon, l leapt at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Of course, I never dreamed …

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I AM NAVY MEDICINE

A Few Words from a Navy Medicine Civilian During my ten-year career in the Air Force, I traveled to Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and many other places.  My experiences teaching pilots to survive in combat as an aircrew life support technician gave me a pretty solid foundation for my career today.  I am currently the lead IT specialist for …

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I AM NAVY MEDICINE

A few words from a Navy Medicine Nurse: Being a Navy Nurse is unlike any other job that I know of. On a daily basis my job is filled with challenges, adventure, and unique experiences. Unlike in the civilian world of nursing where your sole responsibility is to be a nurse, a huge part of my daily life in the …

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