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Scottsdale Healthcare is 1 of 2 to provide U.S. Air Force nurse training


Hospital’s Military Partnership selected to provide Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 31, 2013) – When the United States Air Force Nurse Corps decided to offer its Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at only two Centers of Excellence, it choose Scottsdale Healthcare’s Military Partnership along with the San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s Military Partnership will launch its new U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship in August. The Military Partnership provides military medical personnel with training, education, and the clinical experience needed to perform successfully in combat and humanitarian missions while building relationships that can be used in potential disaster response situations. More than 1,800 service members have been trained.

“There is a strong history of success between the U.S. Air Force and our Military Partnership. We are excited to expand our relationship and provide training for military critical care and emergency trauma nurses right here at Scottsdale Healthcare,” said Jerry Zabokrtsky, director of Corporate & Community Preparedness at th- nonprofit health system.

Zaborkrtsky noted that Scottsdale Healthcare’s Military Partnership also is one of only four sites to offer the Air Force’s Nurse Transition Program to help graduate nurses successfully transition into the role of military nurse.

The year-long U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship includes five weeks of in-depth classroom education followed by hands-on learning with Scottsdale Healthcare preceptors in the hospital’s specialty care units and Level I Trauma Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. Fellows also do rotations at affiliated sites to gain experience in areas such as burn ICU, pediatric ICU and prehospital care. The fellowship is designed for five to seven participants, rotating in winter, spring and summer each year.

Lieutenant Colonel (select) Susie Everly of Luke Air Force Base—whose experience ranges from multiple deployments as an aeromedical evacuation nurse to serving as the senior White House nurse—has joined the Military Partnership as director of the new fellowship.

“At the end of the fellowship, military nurses will emerge as experienced critical care and emergency trauma nurses with the education, clinical skills and confidence to care for the highest acuity patients,” Zabokrtsky said.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, non-profit health system that includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and other entities. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit


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