A nurse-midwife with more than 17 years in the U.S. Army was named the 2009 Daughters of the American Revolution Anita Newcomb McGee/U.S. Army Nurse of the Year award recipient.
Lt. Col. Michelle Munroe, RN, is the chief of Nurse Midwifery Service at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. Munroe received the award primarily for her work integrating an evidence-based teamwork system called TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) into many of the medical units deployed to Iraq in 2008. The program optimizes patient outcomes by improving communication and other teamwork skills among healthcare professionals promoting a culture of safety.U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michelle Munroe receives the Anita Newcomb McGee/U.S. Army Nurse of the Year award from the Daughters of the American Revolution President Gen. Linda Gist Calvin.
Munroe also has taken an active role increasing Madigans nurse-midwifery services. People use midwives because they dont want to have running IVs; we give patients the freedom to move around, get a massage, or take a shower, Munroe said in a news release.
He supervisor, Col. Peter Napolitano, director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship, said Munroes efforts have made both the TeamSTEPPS and nurse-midwifery programs more successful.
Not only has she done wonders in her own profession, but she has made such a difference in the lives of the people we have helped through patient safety, Napolitano said.
The award is sponsored yearly by the DAR and is given to an active duty Army Nurse Corps officer with the grade of captain or above in a career status, selected by Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker. The Anita Newcomb McGee Award honors the memory of McGee, who organized the Army Nurse Corps during the Spanish-American War.