Naval nurses in Japan celebrate International Nurses’ day
A US Naval hospital in Okinawa, Japan, is celebrating Nurses’ day by treating its 163 nurses, all of whom are trained in treating combat casualties, to dinner and a cake-cutting ceremony.
The dinner will be held in honour the nurses who serve at Camp Lester in Okinawa and also to commemorate the nurses of the past, specifically Florence Nightingale.
'It's nice to have a week for all the hard workers that are nurses,' said Leslie Kearcher, a registered nurse with the multi-service ward of the hospital.
The Navy Nurse Corps are made up of trained nurses who are initially sent on a six-week training course to learn how to respond to battlefield wounds.
The training 'helps prepare nurses for treating trauma caused from gunfire,' said Lt. Peter Goldbeck, an emergency room trauma nurse in Okinawa.
Image: Anita Newcomb McGee was director of the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps (which became the Red Cross) and organized the Army Nurse Corps in 1901. Credit: otisarchives3 on Flickr.