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 particularly sought-after and tough venture – and nursing specialty – to practice a registered nurse like Mattson to work in equally inpatient and outpatient settings offering particularly technical and extreme 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 suitable performance," stated Capt. Jeffrey W. Bitterman, NHB commanding officer.

Mattson, also a 2013 graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina, offers a whirlwind of help to NHB nicely prior her usual vary 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 all the time stated ‘every capable bodied consumer should, in a few capacity, serve their country,' stated Mattson. "I joined the medication facet simply due to the fact he was a hospital corpsman and it appeared like a secure activity 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 struggle 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, fee nurse and interim division officer. She counts her most thrilling project to this point while 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 workforce the place we took care of the president of the United States and his household while 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 in all my greatest memories, assembly him and his spouse and taking shots with them."

From what initially appeared like a random occupational option step by step morphed proper into a profession commitment to the discipline of medicine, namely in nursing. Mattson did her due diligence to strengthen 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 stage that I'd be set for while 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 ended in her utilizing – and being permitted – for the Perioperative Nurse Training Program.

"I've all the time been a fan of the running room staff," explained Mattson. "They all the time appear to love their job. Being permitted into this lessons simply offers to that. I truly just like the concept of being that voice for while the affected person cannot have one. I understand how scary surgical procedure is and it is good understanding that my essential activity 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 chums she has gained from all walks of life, and acknowledging that it has been hard at occasions now not to all the time be reachable 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 ancient prior and it is been huge seeing monuments or ancient websites in person."

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

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

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

When requested to might sum up her ride 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 ride would be, (that’s) $20 nicely spent.”

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