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From flight medical technician to Public Health nurse

2019 National Nurses Week Profile of Public Health Service Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Cohen 2019 National Nurses Week Profile of Public Health Service Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Cohen

U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Cohen

Nurse Consultant
Defense Health Agency

 

I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I worked on missions as an Air Force flight medical technician. I saw the amazing work flight nurses did and was inspired to take my own career to the next level.

I joined the military because I wanted to take advantage of the training and leadership opportunities and become part of something bigger than myself. I served in the Air Force for nine years before landing an opportunity to finish my nursing degree. That resulted in an interservice transfer to the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

The best thing about my job is being part of an interdisciplinary team to deploy MHS GENESIS, the new electronic health record for the Military Health System.

My most prominent memory of being a nurse is helping patients and the satisfaction it brings to them – and to me, too!

I was most challenged when learning the technology and acquisition language while earning my degree in nursing informatics.

My most memorable patient experience was as a flight medical technician, providing the best patient care in the air and bringing wounded service members home.

When I’m not in uniform, I’m unplugging from the world and exploring the great outdoors.

My nurse superpower is my ability to communicate effectively as the liaison between clinicians and technical experts.

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