Chief Nurse, Jennifer Moon, Shares Framework Of Success For The USPHS Commissioned Corps

3 Min Read Published July 2, 2024
Chief Nurse, Jennifer Moon, Shares Framework Of Success For The USPHS Commissioned Corps

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Chief Nurse of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, Rear Admiral (RDML) Jennifer Moon, recently joined nurse Terrin Ramsey on the Nurse Converse podcast to discuss the critical importance of self-care and a helpful framework of success. As a Nurse Practitioner, RDML Moon oversees thousands of nursing professionals and serves as an advisor to the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In her advisory role, she focuses on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of nurse professionals. During the podcast, RDML Moon elaborated on the framework she has implemented to advance the nursing profession, emphasizing self-care and empowerment as foundational elements.

H.O.P.E. For The Nurse Category

As a cornerstone of healthcare, Rear Admiral (RDML) Jennifer Moon emphasizes the pivotal role of nurses. She has developed a comprehensive framework called “HOPE” which encapsulates her vision for the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Nurse Category. The HOPE framework is Moon’s team’s guiding principle in leadership and nursing practice. Each component plays a crucial role:

H.O.P.E. stands for, 

  • Honor: Recognizing and appreciating the dedication of nurses fosters a culture of respect and appreciation.
  • Obligation: Nurses uphold a duty to provide quality care and advocate for patient well-being, earning the public's trust.
  • Purpose: Aligning with the mission of service in nursing inspires motivation and excellence in patient care.
  • Empowerment: Empowering nurses to have a voice in decision-making and patient advocacy enhances their ownership and contribution to healthcare.

This framework is used to drive excellence in nursing practice, align with the Surgeon General’s priorities, and advance nursing competencies.

Leadership Through Example

As a leader who worked her way up the nursing ladder, Rear Admiral Moon stressed the critical role of modeling self-care behaviors for her team. Recognizing that her actions set the tone for organizational culture, she advocates for prioritizing self-care as a means to cultivate a workplace environment centered on well-being and authenticity. By creating a safe space for team members to practice self-care, she not only enhances individual health but also promotes positive dynamics and productivity within the team. Modeling self-care involves tangible actions such as,

  • Setting boundaries
  • Practicing self-compassion
  • Encouraging open dialogues about well-being. 

Rear Admiral Moon's leadership underscores that self-care isn't just a personal choice but a professional responsibility essential for long-term success and fulfillment in any role.

Mentorship and Coaching in Career Development

Rear Admiral Moon also emphasized the pivotal role of mentorship and coaching in career growth. Mentorship provides guidance and shares experiences, while coaching offers personalized support through challenges. Both avenues promote self-awareness, helping individuals navigate their careers effectively and avoid common pitfalls.

According to Moon, mentorship and coaching are indispensable tools for professional development, offering support and resources to achieve career goals. Rear Admiral Moon's insights highlight their crucial role in fostering growth, resilience, and success within the nursing profession and beyond.

Her perspective highlights not only the importance of self-awareness in maintaining balance but also the transformative power of modeling self-care behaviors within a leadership role.

About Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

The mission of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commission Corps is to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the nation as one of the nation’s eight uniformed services. The USPHS is composed of 11 categories including.

  • Nurses 
  • Social workers
  • Dentists
  • Scientists 
  • Engineers 
  • Occupational therapists 
  • Pharmacists 
  • Other healthcare professionals are dedicated to serving more than 40 government agencies across the United States and abroad. 

Nurses in the USPHS Commissioned Corps fulfill a wide range of public health missions, often focusing on underserved communities or on the cutting edge of healthcare advancements. Here are some of their key responsibilities:

  • Direct Patient Care: They provide medical attention to patients in various settings, including Indian Health Service clinics, National Health Service Corps sites, and Federal prisons.
  • Public Health Leadership: Nurses can serve in supervisory or consultant roles, advising government agencies like the CDC or FDA on public health matters.
  • Research and Development: Their expertise is valuable in researching solutions to national health issues at organizations like the National Institutes of Health.
  • Disaster Response: They can be deployed to respond to public health emergencies and provide medical care in crises.
  • Community Health Education: Developing and implementing health education programs to improve public health outcomes is another area where USPHS nurses contribute.

Overall, USPHS Commissioned Corps nurses play a vital role in protecting and improving the nation's health through direct care, public health initiatives, and innovative approaches.

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Terrin Ramsey
DNP(c), MSN-Public Health, BSN, RN
Terrin Ramsey
Host, Nurse Converse Podcast

With over a decade of nursing experience, Terrin Ramsey has worked in many specialty areas, including Labor and Delivery Nurse Residency, Pediatric Private Duty Nursing for children with special needs, Infertility Medicine, Rheumatology Infusion Clinic, Triage Call Center Nurse, and Case Management. As a Registered Nurse at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Occupational Health Clinic, Terrin is dedicated to caring for those who care for the world. 

Terrin collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team and provides optimal occupational health care to the nation’s highly skilled public health professionals who conduct research and respond to public health issues. Raised in Toledo, OH, Terrin relocated to Louisiana to attend the illustrious Grambling State University. In December 2010, Terrin earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. As a lifelong learner, Terrin earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an emphasis in Public Health from Grand Canyon University in December 2017 and is pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree from Capella University. Terrin is an advocate for women’s health and domestic violence. Terrin’s zeal for life while implementing self-care has been the drive she needs to show up as her best self while being entrusted to care for others.


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