| 1 min | By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maxwell Higgins, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs |
ATLANTIC OCEAN– A Saline, Michigan, native and certified registered nurse was serving aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during National Nurses Day, observed in the U.S. on May 6.
Lt. Kimberly Kozlowski plays a critical role in casualty response, patient care, and medical training for Truman.
“When I was applying for colleges, my brother was in ROTC at the time, and he had a few friends with nursing scholarships,” said Kozlowski. “He suggested that I look into a nursing program offered by the Navy. The more I looked into it, the more interested I was. Civilian nursing just didn’t offer the same opportunities that the Navy did.”
Kozlowski says nursing in the military is very different from the civilian sector because the work environment in the Navy is unique, yet challenging.
“Being a Navy nurse, to me, means that you are going to be challenged on a daily basis,” she said. “You’re going to be brought out of your comfort zone, and you are rarely going to have the same day twice.”
Kozlowski went on to describe the significance of National Nurses Day to her.
“Nurses Day is a day of recognition for all the work and sacrifice that nurses go through caring for patients,” said Kozlowski. “There is a lot of work that takes place behind the scenes.”
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group remains at sea in the Atlantic in order to protect the crew from the risks posed by COVID-19, following their successful deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Keeping HSTCSG at sea in U.S. 2nd Fleet, in the sustainment phase of OFRP, allows the ship to maintain a high level of readiness during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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