May 2021 Nurses’ Week: Unified, Reliable, Ready

Program Description

This year’s Nurses’ Week theme, “United, Reliable, Ready,” supports the continued focus and recognition of the impact of nursing during COVID-19 and reinforces the unified health care team’s role in support of current Department of Defense priorities to protect our service members, their families and our workforce; maintain military readiness to defend the nation and its interests; and support the national COVID-19 response. Providing this educational forum highlights the great work nurses across the Military Health System are doing to improve clinical readiness, integration of teams, safety, and quality care.

New classes will be added from 6 May - 12 May. All courses will remain open until 12 November 2021.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Physicians, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Social Workers, Certified Counselors, Healthcare Executives, and other health care professionals who support/care for U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families. 

Learning Objectives

The topics covered offer continuing education (CE)/continuing medical education (CME) accredited content to nurses and other health care providers and support the full range of military operations in order to sustain the health of all those entrusted to DHA’s medical care. The event will:

  • Offer CE/CME credit that can be accessed enterprise wide as a home study activity from 6 May to 12 November 2021.
  • Celebrate work, research and lived experiences by subject matter nurse experts.
  • Recruit future DHA enterprise staff into MTF settings by offering personal growth and development opportunities.

This CE/CME activity is provided through DHA J-7 CEPO and is approved for a maximum total of 5.0 CE/CME credits.

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Educational Objectives (If applicable)

May 6, 2021


COVID-19 Palliative Care Toolkit


Lt Col Laurie Migliore, Ph.D., R.N.

Acting Director, Clinical Investigation Facility
Director, Biobehavioral Research
Director, Clinical Inquiry in Nursing Readiness Fellowship
David Grant United States Air Force (USAF) Medical Center
Defense Health Agency

Travis Air Force Base (AFB), Calif.


Ceferina Brackett, R.N.
Evidence-Based Practice Facilitator
David Grant USAF Medical Center
TriService Nursing Research Program
Travis AFB, Calif.


  1. Define the need for and importance of basic palliative care for hospitalized inpatients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. List three central themes derived from the COVID-19 palliative care scientific literature synthesis.
  3. Summarize the purpose for development and implementation of a COVID-19 palliative care toolkit.

May 7, 2021


We’re Stronger Together: A Collaboration to Support Military Families During COVID-19


LT Dehussa Urbieta, NC, USN
DNP Student, B.S.N., R.N., C.P.N.
Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command
San Diego, Calif.


MAJ Wendy Hamilton, AN, USA
D.N.P., A.P.R.N., A.G.C.N.S.-B.C., R.N.-B.C.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Department of Inpatient Services
Evans Community Army Hospital

Fort Carson, Colo.

  1. Describe the challenges faced by military families as a result of COVID-19. 
  2. Examine the ways in which the pandemic has impacted military families as it relates to operational readiness, financial health, social support, physical and mental health, child behavior, utilization of family care plans, and general well-being. 
  3. Discuss how collaborations with public organizations can increase the power and reach for further research and policy recommendations.  

May 8, 2021


Breaking the Chain of Infection: Ultraviolet Light to Disinfect Hospital Keyboards


MAJ Megan Lucciola, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., A.G.C.N.S.-B.C., A.G.A.C.N.P.-B.C.
Medical Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist
Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry
United States Army
Madigan Army Medical Center
Lakewood, Wash.

  1. Recognize the role of high touch surfaces in healthcare-associated infections
  2. Identify 2 common healthcare-associated pathogens found on high-touch surfaces in the hospital setting.
  3. Utilize various methods that decrease bacterial load on high touch hospital surfaces.

May 9, 2021


 Moral injury and compassion fatigue: The fall-out from a deployment in NYC


Capt Christina Hewett, D.N.P., R.N., C.E.N.
Emergency Room Charge Nurse
John Muir Health
Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) Emergency Response and Coordination Centres (ERCC)
349th ASTS Travis Air Force Base (AFB), Calif.


Lt Col Laura Haver, M.S.N., R.N., R.N.-B.C.

Program Manager, EFMP-M
Air Force Personnel Center
Chief Nurse, 349th Travis AFB, Calif.

  1. Define the difference between compassion fatigue (CF) and moral injury (MI).
  2. Choose three healthy options to help combat CF.
  3. Discuss how nursing contributes to CF.
  4. Explain how to make positive changes in the work environment.

May 10, 2021


Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Military Service members


CPT Claireisa Spencer, M.S.N., R.N.-B.C.
Army Public Health Nursing
HIV Program Coordinator
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC)
Fort Hood Department of Health
Fort Hood, Texas

    1. Define what PrEP is.
    2. Identify eligibility for receiving treatment.
    3. Discuss the indicators for the Army’s PrEP initiative. 
    4. Evaluate the provider knowledge gap on PrEP.
    5. Summarize the current DHA standard for PrEP.
    6. Distinguish the at risk population for PrEP use.
    7. Explain the basic steps for managing an individual on PrEP.
    8. Demonstrate basic education for an individual considering PrEP.
    9. Differentiate Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and PrEP.
    10. Outline resources for referrals and program initiation.


May 11, 2021


TAMC Adult ICU COVID-19 Lessons Learned


SSG Jason Mortham
Noncommissioned Officer in Charge
Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC)


Lt. Col. Liberty Orada, MMOAS, MBA, BSN, RNC-OB
Policy and Programs, MTF Ops Division
Defense Health Agency (DHA) J-7, Education & Training Directorate Defense Health Headquarters (DHHQ)
Falls Church, Va.

  1. Assess the need for a dedicated COVID-19 Unit.
  2. Discuss TAMC's bed expansion plan in the Adult intensive care unit (ICU)/ COVID-19 Unit.
  3. Explain Buddy Team Nursing.
  4. Discuss the nurse extender training initiatives that took place.


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