In celebration of Nurse Appreciation Week, we asked several nurses at White Sands Missile Range why they became nurses in the Army.
“I’ve loved every minute in my career. I’ve been deployed 3 times. I enjoy taking care of the enlisted, civilians, and retirees. It really is like some other family you’re taking care of. You see the same faces all the time and you become attached.”
Kelley Watts, RN
“I feel like I joined to help people out. It’s not about you. It’s about other people. You see a lot of children and it’s great to be able to help them. It is better to give than receive and it’s about getting things done.”
Rick Graziano, Medic
“The first job I had in mind was infantry. After careful consideration I decided to become a medic to be attached to the infantry. I’ve worked as a firefighter and EMT. There’s something about putting others before you.”
Nick Hadsell, Medic
“My involvement with my National Guard Unit. They knew we were going to deploy so they sent us to nursing school. It seemed like the right thing to do, something I could be proud of.”