love Idaho Falls Native Selected for Navy Nurse Training Program

by Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs Officer

BREMERTON, Wash. - Navy Lt. Steffany Mattson, a local of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and 2004 Bonneville High School graduate, was chose on March 10, for the Navy’s Perioperative Nurse Training Program, a incredibly sought-after and difficult task – and nursing specialty – to train a registered nurse like Mattson to work in equally inpatient and outpatient settings offering incredibly technical and serious patient-centered care to these in need.
Navy Lt. Steffany Mattson affixes her signature next to her
certification in Certified Post Anesthesia Care. NHB certified
nurses were acknowledged for their specialized achievements
with Certified Nurses Day on March 19, 2018.

Mattson, Navy Nurse Corps, is stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB), working as a Post Anesthesia Care Unit registered nurse.

“Her choice is a testament to her pursuit of pro excellence and sustained more desirable performance," stated Capt. Jeffrey W. Bitterman, NHB commanding officer.

Mattson, also a 2013 graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina, gives a whirlwind of help to NHB nicely earlier her regular fluctuate of medical responsibilities, as testament by her collateral obligation involvement as Command Fitness Leader, Nurse Corps Sponsor Coordinator, command Sexual Assault Prevention Response point-of-contact, Nurses Association President, junior voting member of the Nursing Executive Committee, and serving on the Medical Record Review Board committee.

As one who started her Navy profession becoming a member of proper out of excessive faculty to turn proper into a hospital corpsman, her pastime in Navy Medicine occurred virtually as an afterthought.

“Honestly, I joined the Navy simply due to the fact my dad at all times stated ‘every capable bodied user should, in a few capacity, serve their country,' stated Mattson. "I joined the drugs edge simply due to the fact he was a hospital corpsman and it appeared like a stable process on the time."

The majority of her profession earlier than being assigned to NHB was on the east coast, but she has also been stationed abroad in Italy, as nicely as deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in 2008-2009, the place she helped with organizing medical attention for battle accidents via medical evacuation by helicopter and ambulance in help of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As a hospital corpsman, she was an assistant main petty officer and main petty officer, and after incomes her commission within the Nurse Corps, her overlapping tasks contain employees registered nurse, price nurse and interim division officer. She counts her most thrilling task up to now whilst she labored at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, discovered within the Washington, D.C. area.

“When I was a hospital corpsman moment elegance in Bethesda at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, I was on the Medical Evaluation and Treatment Unit crew the place we took care of the president of the United States and his household whilst they got here to the hospital," comparable Mattson. "So every time he would go to the hospital - I was there for President Barack Obama - to see the Wounded Warriors or had an appointment, we might make certain hallways/elevators have been accessible to them. It's one among my greatest memories, assembly him and his spouse and taking photographs with them."

From what initially appeared like a random occupational possibility progressively morphed proper into a profession commitment to the subject of medicine, particularly in nursing. Mattson did her due diligence to improve from the Navy enlisted ranks to turn proper into a Navy officer. A Navy Nurse Corps workplace to be extra precise.

“I utilized to the Nurse Corps simply due to the fact I knew that if I even have been capable to acquire my bachelor of science in nursing level that I'd be set for whilst I eventually got out of the Navy," shared Mattson. "Continuing as a nurse within the Nurse Corps was sort of a no-brainer. The Navy paid for my schooling and now I get to work with the Navy's finest."

Her affinity for working within the hospital’s running room putting resulted in her making use of – and being accredited – for the Perioperative Nurse Training Program.

"I've at all times been a fan of the running room staff," explained Mattson. "They at all times appear to love their job. Being accredited into this lessons simply gives to that. I truly just like the thought of being that voice for whilst the affected person cannot have one. I recognise how scary surgical procedure is and it is good understanding that my major process as a Peri-op Nurse is to be that patient's advocate."

Mattson notes that the greatest phase of her profession in Navy Medicine is the pals she has gained from all walks of life, and acknowledging that it has been tough at instances no longer to at all times be accessible for such unique moments like weddings and births.

The most fun? “All of the puts I even have travelled and (been) stationed," stated Mattson. "I love historic earlier and it is been huge seeing monuments or historic websites in person."

And essentially probably the foremost challenging? “I'm a insurgent at coronary middle and what I desire to do most is dye my hair blue,” she quipped.

Navy Medicine’s renewed emphasis on operational and venture readiness has Mattson offering affect and information to NHB’s approximately 750 army personnel.

“I truly sense that my process simply due to the fact the command health chief contributes to readiness even extra than my process within the Post Anesthesia Care Unit does." explained Mattson. "I attempt to assist members who need help working out so that they will stay wholesome and prepared for no matter the Navy wants us for."

When requested to might sum up her journey with Navy Medicine in a single sentence, Mattson replied, “When I was in excessive school, my mom paid me $20 to simply ‘talk’ to the recruiters. My one sentence to sum up my journey would be, (that’s) $20 nicely spent.”

NHB Washington has a three-fold fundamental venture to assist our warfighters, previous and present, and their households by: Providing exceptional care anytime, anywhere; form army drugs by means of training, research, and graduate medical education; and to practice our forces for deployment.

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