Registered Nurse becomes Army surgeon general

Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho

On December 7, Patricia Horoho, RN, MSN, MS became not only the first non-physician named the Army surgeon general, but also the first woman to do so. Working her way through the ranks, Horoho started as a staff nurse in the Army and also will be promoted from major general to lieutenant general as part of her appointment. Serving as the medical expert of the Army staff, the Army surgeon general advises every Army leader, including the secretary of the Army and the Army chief of staff.

Horoho took over the position during a ceremony at a Virginia military base. She becomes the 43rd Army surgeon general. She will also take over the U.S. Army Medical Command.

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One Response to Registered Nurse becomes Army surgeon general

  1. Granny RN RN

    As the Union General W.T. Sherman replied to his surgeons when they complained about Nurse Mary Ann Bickerdyke: ‘She ranks me.’