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October 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD (AP) — A nurse from Madigan Army Medical Center and three of her fellow soldiers in a special operations force were killed by an improvised bomb blast Sunday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said.
Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, was based at the hospital at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and volunteered as a member of a cultural support team with a special operations task force that deployed in June.
Also killed in Sunday’s blast in the Zhari District of Kandahar Province were Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25 of Carlisle, Pa.; Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo.; and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore.
Hawkins and Patterson served out of Fort Benning, Ga., with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Peters belonged to the 5th Military Police Battalion out of Vicenza, Italy.
Serving with a special operations cultural support team is one of the few ways for female soldiers to go outside the wire on combat missions with all-male Army Ranger or Green Beret teams, The News Tribune reported.
“We’ve lost a superb officer and a caring nurse who served with marked distinction and honor throughout her career.” said Madigan Command Col. Ramona Fiorey. “We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of this great American solider.”
Born in San Diego, Moreno received her commission as an Army officer after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor of science degree.
She graduated from the Army airborne course in 2009 and arrived at Madigan in 2010, where she served as a clinical staff nurse in a medical surgical unit until she sought a special operations assignment.
It’s a dangerous assignment that calls on American women to interact with Afghan females to gain information that might not be available to male soldiers because of cultural differences in a Muslim country, The News Tribune reported. In October 2011, medic Lt. Ashley White was killed on a mission in Afghanistan with two Rangers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Moreno “was a talented member of our team who lost her life while serving her country in one of the most dangerous environments in the world,” said Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, Commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Her bravery and self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the 75th Ranger Regiment. She was making a difference in Afghanistan and that legacy will live on.”
Moreno is survived by her mother, Marie V. Cordero, and her sisters Jearaldy Moreno and Yaritza Cordova of San Diego. Her brother, Ivan Moreno, serves in the Army.
June 10, 2013 at 5:48 PM
A former nurse suspected of trying to steal pain medication from patients’ rooms at Swedish Medical Center in April was charged Monday, according to the Seattle Police Department.
The Seattle City Attorney’s Office charged Rachel Nezat, 39, of Seattle, with two counts of property destruction and one count of criminal trespass in the first degree. The counts — all gross misdemeanors — carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and $5,000.
Police said Nezat entered patients’ rooms at the Broadway hospital on April 13 acting as if she were a staff member and checking patient-administered pain-medication machines. She wore clothing similar to nurses scrubs and used medical terminology. She entered a room around 10:40 a.m. and the patient asked what she was doing, because he knew she wasn’t his regular nurse. When the real nurse arrived, she noticed the patient’s machine line had been cut and his pain medication was dripping on the floor.
There was another report of the same woman on another floor looking in patients’ rooms shortly after the first incident, according to police. Nezat told a hospital staff member she was there to check the pain-medication machines, and the staff member thought nothing of it, because two machines had recently been taken out of service.
Nezat then went into another room where family members were visiting a patient. She tried to open the machine, but an alarm went off. As Nezat left the room, a family member noticed blood dripping on the floor and that the line to the machine had been cut. Nezat took two feet of tubing from the machines and possibly some medication, police said.
Detectives were able to identify Nezat from surveillance video.
Nezat is no stranger to Swedish Medical Center or the criminal justice system, according to court documents. In 2008, while working as a registered nurse at the hospital, she took more than 150 vials of hydromorphine for her own use by falsifying hospital records.
Nezat submitted to a drug test in September 2008 after the diversion was uncovered and tested positive for high levels of the drug. She was fired the same day, court papers say. She then took a job at Highline West Seattle Mental Health Center, where she forged a prescription script for 30 tablets of oxycodone. She was terminated from Highline Hospital in December 2008.
She pleaded guilty in 2009 to the felony offense of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation, deception, and subterfuge. She was sentenced to two years’ probation, 100 hours of community service, restitution paid to Swedish Hospital and participation in a substance-abuse treatment program.
July 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM
A 55-year-old Woodinville man who worked as a nurse at Harborview Medical Center drowned Saturday when an inflatable raft capsized, dumping him into the frigid water off Cape Disappointment State Park.
John Beaumeir was rafting with a friend off Benson Beach at the park near Ilwaco, said Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson. It was a sunny day, and the water looked calm from shore, Johnson said Sunday. But the sea is always treacherous in that area.
“We have so many people go into the water because it doesn’t look as rough as it is,” Johnson said.
The raft capsized several times and partially deflated. The other man was able to cling to the raft and an oar and make his way to shore. But Johnson was separated from the raft.
Neither man was wearing a life jacket, Johnson said.
People on the beach called in an alarm and volunteers from the Pacific County Surf Rescue Team responded quickly. The team launched two SeaDoo watercraft, with floating backboards used water rescues.
They brought Beaumeir back to the beach and administered CPR. He was taken to Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco where he was pronounced dead.
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