Nurse Thrives on Patient Care During OIF

13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

Sarah Grivicic wanted a challenge when she joined the Army three years ago. Now, she's an intensive-care nurse assigned to the 28th Combat Support Hospital, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Grivicic, 25, from Louisville, Ky., has the responsibility and challenge to ensure the most critically-injured patients, both American and Iraqi, have the best medical care in the heart of Iraq.

"The hardest part is also the best part of my job -- being with a dying Soldier," Grivicic said.

Grivicic said she feels extremely privileged to be with a Soldier during the Soldier's last hours. "I never understood what 'an angel with a face' meant until my arrival in Baghdad," she said. "We are the last ones that they see or the last voice that they hear. It is our privilege to ensure that they are pain free in their last hours, that they are not alone and are never forgotten."

Just at the hospital barely over a month, Grivicic has already proven her abilities to the hospital's chief of nursing, Lt. Col. Theresa Sullivan, from N.J.

"She is motivated to do the job here," she said. "She truly cares for her patients. This little girl is what an Army nurse is all about."


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Nurse Sarah Grivicic