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By Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow, 21st Space Wing
/ Published May 12, 2020
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – 1st Lt. Andrea Price, 21st Medical Group pediatric nurse, was inspired by her parents who are also medical professionals, and became a commissioned nurse last year after serving 15 years as an enlisted Air Force independent duty medical technician. Price comes from a generation of family members in the medical career field. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a lab technician. Price is from Weatherford, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Maj. Heidi Mosher is a healthcare integrator in the 21st Medical Group. Her job is to look at specific health data of the 21st Space Wing population and encourage better health through things like prevention screenings and health programs. During COVID-19 pandemic, her job has expanded to include screening patients that could be exhibiting symptoms of the virus. Mosher was originally recruited in to Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps with a college scholarship. After a short time, Mosher realized the Air Force community felt like a family and the values were ones she wanted to stand behind. She said it changed her for the better and gave her the confidence to become a better leader. Mosher’s hometown is Fort Collins, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Tech. Sgt. William Cisna is the non-commissioned officer-in-charge of the 21st Medical Group education and training section. He considers himself a military brat as he calls Mountain Home, Idaho, home. Cisna has been in the military for almost 10 years and trained in several medical career fields such as, the emergency room, dermatology, woman’s health, flight medicine and pediatrics. Currently he teaches CPR, trauma course and advance classes for medical personnel. Cisna chose to follow in his parents footsteps as they also served in the Air Force medical field. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)
PETERSON AIR FOCE BASE, Colo. – National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Nightingale was a British nurse, statistician and social reformer who was the foundational philosopher of modern nursing. She was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers during the Crimean War. According to the online library of the University of Alabama, Nightingale spent many hours in the wards, and her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded established her image as “The Lady with the Lamp.”
National Nurses Week is a time when all nurses are celebrated for their dedication to the health and well-being of humanity.