The Boston University Nursing Archives Associates Host 2008 Annual Meeting Featuring Rear Admiral Kathleen L. Martin

in Health & Medicine, News Releases
April 3rd, 2008

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 |

Boston – Accomplished nursing professional Rear Admiral Kathleen L. Martin will give the keynote address at the Boston University Nursing Archive Associates 2008 annual meeting. The event is free, open to the public, and will take place on Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30 PM in the Boston University Faculty Dining Room (5th floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue).

The Nursing Archives Associates is an organization that supports the History of Nursing Archives, held by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. Established in 1966, the History of Nursing Archives consist of personal and professional papers documenting the lives and careers of nursing leaders, including Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Other collections come from notable nursing professionals in the fields of public health, women’s rights, education and military history. The papers are preserved and available to scholars and nurses from around the world.

At the event, Rear Admiral Martin will speak on the timely topic of Caring for Those in Harm’s Way, drawing from her own experiences during 32 years of active duty in the United States Navy Nurse Corps, before retiring in June 2005. Since completing her military career, she has been serving as CEO of the Vinson Hall Corporation in McLean, Virginia, and as Executive Director of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation.

Rear Admiral Martin was initially commissioned an Ensign in the Navy in May 1973 after graduating from Boston University School of Nursing. She went on to receive her Master of Science degree in both nursing administration and as a family health nurse specialist from the University of San Diego in 1992.

Following the receipt of her degree, Rear Admiral Martin assumed her first command in 1993 as Commanding Officer of the Naval Medical Clinic in Port Hueneme and subsequently, from 1995-1998, served as Commanding Officer at the Naval Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. After being promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral, she was assigned as the Medical Inspector General, a position which she held until 1999, when she began serving as the Commander of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, until 2002. During this time, she also held the position as the 19th Director of the Navy Nurse Corp. She then became Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy and Vice Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, before concluding her career in the military.

For her service, Rear Admiral Martin received numerous awards. Her military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal. She also proudly wars the anchors of an honorary Master Chief Petty Officer.

In addition to the address by Rear Admiral Martin, the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Boston University Nursing Archive Associates will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and the opportunity to meet with those dedicated to recognizing and honoring nursing professionals. RSVP for the event is requested by April 11 at 617-353-3697.

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