Patricia care for the military is given today.
Posted On May 28, 2019
Patricia D. Horoho was born in 1960 to Frank Dallas and Josephine Dallas. She was born into a military family as her father was a retired Army Officer. She attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then later, in 1992, earned her Master of Science degree as a Clinical Trauma Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh. During this time she married Col. Ray Horoho. She joined the army, herself, as an emergency room nurse after earning her Masters Degree. The military always held a special place in her heart. She even helped out in many disastrous events, such as the 9/11 attacks and Green Ramp incident. She was recognized as a Nurse Hero by the Red Cross for her courageous work done. Patricia D. Horoho made a significant impact to nurses all around the world by becoming the world’s the first woman and first nurse to serve as the Army’s Surgeon General. She received a rare two-grade promotion from Colonel to Major General. Horoho was even nominated for the position by President Barack Obama, himself. II. Nursing Implication Patricia D. Horoho made such a powerful impact on the nursing profession today. McIlvaine (2011, para. 4) stated, “She’s the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, who broke a 236-year tradition by being the first non-male, non-physician to assume the post.” This means that she earned this authoritative position with her Master of Science degree and the twenty-six years of experience she put into her job. She showed women all around the world in the nursing profession that there are more opportunities for promotions in the military field, she proved that herself. Becoming the first woman and nurse Army Surgeon General impacted the way patient care for the military is given today. Her new promotion comes with many new responsibilities that she did not have as a nurse. She now provides assistance to the Chief of Staff Army (CSA) and the Secretary of Army (SECARMY) on all health care matters concern the U.S Army health care system. Another job of Horoho’s is the development, formulating policies, and overall management of the Army health care system as well as the health standards. Mind you, a nurse is in charge of all of these responsibilities and she is doing so without a physician’s degree. Unlike all of the men that served the position before her. Also, another critical job performed in her new promotion is to manage the Walter Reed Health Care System (WRHCS). According to Chalabi (2015, para. 1) there are, “1.4 million people serving in the U.S armed forces.” This health care system provides members of the military, retirees, their families, and the federal government full range of health care. It’s the most integrated healthcare delivery system for the National Capital Region. All of these tasks were originally performed by a man, until Patricia Horoho received a rare two-grade promotion. III. Discussion and Conclusion Patricia Horoho is still, to this day, leading quite a legacy after taking the oath for Surgeon General in 2011. She will forever be remembered in history as the first woman and first nurse to hold the responsibilities of the Surgeon General for the Army. The history that Horoho created is significant to nursing because she proved that her Masters degree can handle all of the obligations previously filled by a physician’s degree. With her nursing degree, she now controls the healthcare system for all military personals and their families. In conclusion, I described the significance Patricia Horoho has contributed to the nursing field . Her role in nursing has opened up many opportunities for other female nurses in the military. As a future nurse, who is considering this field of nursing, I am happy to know that there is potential for promotions available to woman. I, personally, feel that Patricia Horoho represents a new era within military standards.