Bainbridge native selected by Army for Nurse Training Program

Published 10:11 am Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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Five University of North Georgia (UNG) cadets have been selected for the Army’s competitive Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP).

The internship will provide Bachelor of Science in Nursing students Anna Chirillo, Megan Collins, Haydn Griffin, Lee Jung “Esther” Kim, and Brandon Ware with a four-week experience unlike their other clinical rotations. Each will be stationed at a different location in the United States between their junior and senior years.

Bainbridge native Haydn Griffin will complete the NSTP at Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

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“They will gain one-on-one clinical experience while shadowing an Army Nurse Corps officer,” said Capt. Elizabeth Webb, assistant professor of military science at UNG.

Chirillo, a cadet first lieutenant from Newnan, Georgia, is grateful for the experience she will gain at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

“It’s a great opportunity. I have a year left in school, and I get to go and see what my job as an Army nurse will be like when I graduate,” Chirillo said. “I’ll be better prepared to take it on when I graduate.”

Kim, a cadet captain from Johns Creek, Georgia, applied as soon as she could. Her internship will be at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kim, who is interested in being stationed there when she commissions, sees this as an opportunity for a “sneak peek” of what that could be like.

“It will be a good experience to see the Army side of nursing,” Kim said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”