When Ruthi Moore retired this year after more than 35 years of NMCRS service, everyone knew she left big shoes to fill. As the Society’s first Director of Nursing, Ruthi Moore shaped the Society’s traditional visiting nurse program and created the combat casualty assistance visiting nurse program. Ruthi always made her clients her top priority, daily demonstrating the difference a big heart, two listening ears, and nursing expertise could make for active duty and retired service members and their families. She was also a trusted mentor to many of us, constantly encouraging us to bring our compassion, tenacity, and creativity to every client visit.

I’m honored to have been selected to serve as the second Director of Nursing for the Society, carrying out Ruthi’s legacy and bringing my own perspective with 22 years of nursing experience to the role. Before joining the Society in 2010 as a combat casualty assistance nurse at NMCRS Quantico, I was a career active duty Navy Nurse, working in the operating room, education and training, as well as serving as a Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO).

Each and every Society visiting nurse brings unique and impressive nursing skills and experiences. What they all have in common are kind hearts, a commitment to listening, and the determination to do whatever it takes to help their clients. I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting some of the Society’s visiting nurses through our blog posts this week as we celebrated National Nurses Week 2017. You can read many more inspiring stories on our blog about Society visiting nurses and the Sailors, Marines, and their families whom they’ve helped: http://legacy.planwithnmcrs.org/category/your-donations-at-work/.

If you or someone you know would benefit from contact with one of our visiting nurses, please contact us – we want to help. Please call me at 703-696-0032 or email visitingnurse@nmcrs.org

If you would like to support the Society’s visiting nurse program, helping to ensure Sailors, Marines, and their families have access to free, in-home visits by a registered nurse, referral information and support, please donate today.

And, please take a few minutes to thank a nurse!


Tammy Ackiss

Director of Nursing

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society




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