Army Col. William Brown, chief of the Center for Nursing and Clinical Investigation at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, recently received Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Competency Designator 9A in recognition of her contributions to Army medicine as a nurse. Practitioner.
Designator 9A is presented to select individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional ability in advancing their specialty and is awarded only by the Army Surgeon General. To put it into perspective, Brown is one of 52 active duty Army nurses out of more than 3,000 to hold this designation.
More than a certificate of achievement or a decoration to hang on the wall, the designation marks Brown as a national expert in his field, offering him the possibility of becoming an associate professor at a college or university.
Although the designator is the pinnacle of expertise for Army medical professionals, Brown doesn’t foresee greener pastures any time soon.
“The one thing that’s cool about being a nurse scientist is that you can ask questions,” said Brown, whose passion includes mentoring junior officers and encouraging research to help train the next generation of problem solvers.
Army Maj. Albert Knight, Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist at LRMC, recently co-authored a peer-reviewed paper at LRMC during Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome. “(Brown) leads by example and is always ready and available to help me examine evidence-based practice, while offering expert practice recommendations from the perspective of a distinguished nurse scientist.
As a testament to his scientific contributions to the field, Brown was also recently recognized as a Fellow by the American Association for Nurse Practitioners. The title recognizes nurse practitioners “who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy” according to the AANP website.
After leading the CNSCI section of LRMC for years, Brown has won several grants and authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers in his pursuit of evidence-based best practices. His curiosity and his grant-funded studies have had a direct impact on patient care in the medical community.
“If you have that inquisitive, inquisitive mind, then research is perfect for you because it allows you to come up with a plan to potentially answer a why, which is deeply rewarding and hopefully helps others in the process” , Brown said.
Army Lt. Col. Christopher Stucky, deputy chief of CNSCI and another 9A designator, said: “(Brown) has mentored me and many others in scholarly writing, publishing and research. . It is great to partner with such an experienced and accomplished leader and scientist. Stucky has worked with Brown before and considers him a natural mentor to others and a strategic thinker in the research community.
Currently, Brown is the site’s principal investigator working on a multi-million dollar grant exploring the impact of yeast infection test kits that will give women control over their own health in austere environments.
When asked what he would like to say to the younger generation of Army nurses, Brown replied, “Most people don’t know, LRMC is one of five research cells in the Army. “Army Nurse Corps or CSI centers for nursing and most people in the army don’t even know we exist, especially junior officers. If you want to provide the best care, you You have to provide the best evidence; to get the best evidence, you have to keep researching.