Health & Safety

July 20, 2012

Nurses needed

By Senior Airman Jack Sanders
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

7/18/2012 – NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 99th Medical Group is looking to expand their nursing staff.

After upgrading to the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center and expanding the care the facility can offer, the MDG is looking to increase its nursing staff to ease and assist current nursing requirements.

“We’re looking at bringing in more specialties and providing a service that our service members and their families can get downtown, but we want to offer it to them here locally,”said Maj. Michelle Dimoff, 99th Medical Service Squadron medical services flight commander.

A career in nursing offers a broad spectrum of opportunities. Nurses can choose to spend their entire career as emergency room nurses, or to sample many of the different specialities.

“Here in our clinic, we’re a specialty clinic so we do just that,” Dimoff said. “We have all the specialties here. Now granted, you have to have a certain type of skill set to come work in those clinics, but, for the most part, we can offer those types of jobs and experiences here.”

Dimoff said, civilians nurses wishing to transition to government nursing can face many challenges including different atmosphere, pay, and patients.

“The challenge is there,” Dimoff said. “You have to dig deep and figure out who you are and where your skills are, but more importantly it’s motivation for you to want to do better, to study harder.”

Pushing members to study harder is something common for the military. Military nurses are strongly encouraged to have certifications.

“Having a certain specialty skill that’s nationally recognized is something the military is pushing,” she said. “Coming from the the civilian world, it’s offered, but here in the Air Force it truly is embraced.”

Since the change to a medical center, the Mike O’Callaghan Medical Center has pushed for excellence in many ways, Dimoff said.

“When you transition from a hospital to a medical center, basically what you’re telling the public is you can offer more. We can provide more to our community. You have to look at what types of nurses and position we bring to our community here. As a medical center we’re looking at our different service lines and how we can improve on them.”As a medical center we’re looking at our different service lines and how we can improve on them.”




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