As a military spouse with a passion for helping others through medicine, Stacey Fisher found herself pursuing a nursing education. “I’ve always had a heart for babies and wanted to pursue a career in pediatrics”, Stacey recalled. She completed nursing school and raised her first born while her husband endured long deployments stationed on the U.S.S. John L Hall (FFG-32). “It wasn’t an easy task, but I had a community of support.”
When she graduated in 2001, she began her career as a cardiac nurse. Stacey, like many military spouses endured the hardships of transferring jobs as the requirements of military PCS moves were a priority for her husband’s Navy career. One of those military moves found the family relocating to Keflavik, Iceland. Although employment opportunities were limited for military spouses, Stacey had the opportunity to spend quality time with her growing family of five. While in Iceland, Stacey’s grandfather passed away, and she and her husband went to the Society for help with travel expenses. “That was my first interaction with the Society and I was amazed with their generosity during our time of need,” Stacey explained.
After a year in Keflavik the family transferred to London, England. Stacey expanded her career as she taught for Kaplan University. “I had an astounding opportunity to teach international nurses how to pass the NCLEX exam in order to initiate the process to work in the United States as a Registered Nurse.”
Stacey was reintroduced to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society in 2007 upon the family’s arrival in Rota, Spain. She was pregnant with her fourth child and received support from the NMCRS Visiting Nurse. “I thought to myself that this was my dream job, as I obviously love babies, I have a passion for people and I have personal experience in the military community.” In 2008, she found herself employed as the NMCRS Rota Visiting Nurse and providing in-home visits for the Navy and Marine Corps service members, retirees, and families in the area. In Rota, Stacey diligently worked to expand support for breastfeeding mothers among the Rota military community and, through collaboration with military leaders, was instrumental in the implementation of lactation rooms throughout Naval Station Rota. She also established a Breastfeeding Support Group. “The Visiting Nurse position in Rota was truly my dream job.”
In 2015, Stacey and her family transferred to Florida and she accepted a position as a NMCRS Combat Casualty Assistance Visiting Nurse. “I was eager to step into this amazing program and assist Sailors, Marines, and their families.” Stacey continues to learn about the challenges faced by combat-served Marines and Sailors. “It is my absolute honor to serve those who sacrificed and served our country. I cannot imagine doing anything more rewarding than this.”
NMCRS CCA visiting nurses provide amazing support to Sailors and Marines, but the job does come with emotional and physical stresses. Stacey understands the importance of maintaining her personal mental and physical well-being, but also staying focused on the well-being of her family and the families of those she serves. She expresses the importance of self-care and building community support systems in her home and during all her visits with her clients.
“My passion continues, not only for my nursing career, but for the Navy and Marine Corps families I serve. I’m proud to be part of the military community through my professional employment with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, as a retired military spouse, and as a mother of Sailor.”
Congratulations and thank you for your 10 years of service to the Society, Stacey!
By Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso