18th Medical Command
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia — Nursing personnel assigned to the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) and Tripler Army Medical Center conducted a subject matter expert exchange, or SMEE, here, during the U.S. Army-Pacific Theater Security Cooperation program, recently.
Lt. Col. Frederick Davidson, Army public health nurse, 18th MEDCOM (DS); Maj. Cheryl Rivera, operating room chief, TAMC; Maj. Paul Ware, general surgical ward head nurse, TAMC; and Sgt. Maj. David Galati, chief clinical operations sergeant major, 18th MEDCOM (DS), made up the team of specialists that participated in the SMEE.
The objective was to share information between the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and the Mongolian armed forces medical and nursing professionals, to discuss similarities and differences in military nursing practices and to continue to build and strengthen a partnership between U.S. Army nurses and Mongolian military and civilian nurses.
The partnership began with the first nursing SMEE in 2010.
The exchange consisted of USARPAC’s classroom presentations, briefings from Mongolian armed forces’ nurses, a hospital tour and hands-on skill exercises between the USARPAC team and Mongolian armed forces’ nursing personnel. Topics included public health nursing, operating room nursing, critical care nursing and infection control.
Attendees included military and civilian nurses along with physicians.
Portions of the nursing SMEE were broadcast on two separate television stations: the Ulaanbaater Broadcasting System and TV 9 Mongolia. A Mongolia military member also interviewed USARPAC team members, and content was published in “Soyombo,” the Mongolian armed forces’ newspaper.