Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Melissa Boetig, CPT, AN-BC

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
DNP Student

I'm currently pursuing my doctorate of nursing practice, family nurse practitioner, through the Uniformed Services University. I'm an active duty Army captain and have served for 8 years. My first position was as a staff nurse on a medical telemetry unit at Tripler Army Medical Center. In this position, I performed several extra duties to include chairperson for the Unit Practice Council, preceptor, and Education Facilitator. From there, I deployed for a year with the 10th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) to Afghanistan where I worked as an ER nurse at Camp Dwyer and Camp Bastion. Again I was responsible for coordinating staff education, but also took on the role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at both locations coordinating the response between other SANEs, the medical facilities, the base victims advocates, and leadership. Upon returning, I became the Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge (CNOIC) of the Family Care Ward at Evans Army Hospital. (This position is equivalent to a nurse manager or head nurse in the civilian sector.) A year later, I became the CNOIC of the Orthopedic & Podiatry Clinic. During this time at Evans ACH, I remained with the 10th CSH and continued to participate in field exercises and training with the medical and support staff. Currently, my interests within the FNP program include pediatrics, orthopedics, chronic disease, and sleep medicine. In addition, I have interests in austere/wilderness medicine.