Winn celebrates Army Nurse Corps’ legacy
Reported By 1LT B.Lambert
Photo Credit: Pat Young
Winn Army Community Hospital celebrated the 120th Anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps, Feb. 2 on Fort Stewart, highlighting the Corps as “Diverse in Talent, United in Mission.”
The event was hosted by Lt. Col. James E. Ryals, Assistant Deputy Commander for Nursing and included a ceremonial cake cutting, photo displays, and a video showcasing the hospital’s Army Nurses. The video remains available for review on the Winn ACH Facebook site, Facebook. com/Winncares.
Ryals applauded the contribution of today’s Nurse Corps and noted how they continue to add to a great legacy.
“Established in 1901, the Army Nurse Corps has a rich and evolving history, ever molding to the needs of the service,” Ryals said. “At its inception, Army Nurses numbered only 220 and were selected to be stationed at one of three locations: Fort Bayard, New Mexico; San Francisco; or the Philippines. As the United States entered the First World War in 1917, the value of and need for an increased force quickly became apparent as nurses demonstrated their excellent care and diverse talents. By June 1918, Army Nurses numbered 12,186 and were stationed in 198 locations around the world.”
Ryals said today, there are more than 11,000 Army Nurse Corps officers serving in hundreds of locations around the world - specializing in a great variety of specialty areas.
The ceremonial cake was cut by Col. Karen Gausman, a retired U.S. Army Nurse Corps officer who returned to active duty to support the ongoing fight against the coronavirus; and Licensed Practical Nurse, Spc. Hailey Britton.
Individuals are encouraged to learn more about the Army Nurse Corps by visiting armynursecorps.amedd.army.mil/.