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Nov 11 2013
Katie McSweeney, weekend option; level II

In honor of Veterans Day, observed Nov. 11, we are profiling Veterans who now are on faculty or students of St. Joseph's College of Nursing.

Q: What branch of the service are you affiliated with? What is your highest rank and where have you served?

I served in the United States Army as an E-4 pharmacy technician.

Q: Are you part of a military family? If so, name the members and their affiliation.

My husband is an E-7 SFC DS in the Army Reserves, he did one tour in Iraq in 2011.  My grandfather was also in the Army during WWII. 

Q:  What, if any, experiences in the service prompted you to pursue a nursing degree?

I worked in a clinic that supported all the NATO nations I was in contact with a lot of doctors and nurses from all over the world. But the position I had gave me limited interaction with the patients, I wanted patient contact. My job wasn't as exciting as the Medics.

Q: What unique skills have you gained from serving your country that you can transfer to taking care of patients?

I learned discipline and how to deal with stressful situations.

Q: What are the similarities of the service and nursing school?

The camaraderie.

Q: What are the differences?

The structure; nursing school is not as strict.

Q: Is there anything else you want to share?

I was only in the Army just shy of 3 years but I enjoyed my time in the military, I met some wonderful people, and got to travel the world.  My first and only duty station was in Mons, Belgium where I worked for NATO.  I loved my job and the people I worked with, we were like a family.  We worked together all week and then traveled Europe on the weekends. Im still in contact with my Army friends, two of them I went thru both basic training and AIT with.  Im proud to say I served in the Army and Im proud to be a part of a military family!


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