RN appointed as U.S Army interim surgeon general.
The American Nurses Association American Nurses Association,
n.pr professional organization of registered nurses created to encourage high standards in nursing care, pro-mote nursing as a profession, and lobby Congress for issues of concern to nurses. commends the U.S. Army's decision to appoint Major General Gale Pollock, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
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abbr. ), as the Army's interim surgeon general. Major General Pollock is the first female nurse to serve as the Army's top medical officer; she retains her titles, including deputy surgeon general and Chief, Army Nurse Corps.
"Gale Pollock's strong leadership and adherence to the nursing profession's high standards of care Standards of care are medical or psychological treatment guidelines, and can be general or specific. They specify appropriate treatment protocols based on scientific evidence, and collaboration between medical and/or psychological professionals involved in the treatment of a given will no doubt serve as a catalyst for change and a proud example of what it means to be a soldier, a nurse and a woman," said Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, and President of the American Nurses Association.
"This transition marks an important milestone for the nation's registered nurses and for women. Not only is Major General's Pollock's appointment a much welcomed breaking of a glass ceiling, but it is a recognition that all of the Corps have the leadership abilities to accomplish a mission of the military health care system at the highest level and better meet the needs of society," said Linda J. Stierle, MSN, RN, CNAA, BC, CEO of the American Nurses Association, and a retired U.S. Air Force general officer.
Major General Pollock earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four year academic degree in the science and principles of nursing, granted by a tertiary education university or similarly accredited school. from the University of Maryland University of Maryland can refer to:
She has been awarded the Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal The Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) is the third-highest award bestowed upon members of the United States military by the United States Department of Defense. The medal is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces who, while serving in , the Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.
Acting Army Secretary Pete Geren has directed an immediate convening of the required advisory board to recommend candidates for consideration as the next surgeon general. The board will convene in April. The position as the Army's surgeon general must be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.