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Nurs Clin North Am. 2010 Jun;45(2):137-52. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2010.02.010.

Ground Zero recollections of US Public Health Service nurses deployed to New York City in September 2001.

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US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Office of Public Health and Science, US Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201, USA.


The events of September 11, 2001, set in motion the broadest emergency response ever conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services. In this article, some of the nurses who deployed to New York City in the aftermath of that horrific attack on the United States offer their recollections of the events. Although Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHS CC) officers participated in deployments before 9/11, this particular deployment accelerated the transformation of the PHS CC, because people came to realize the tremendous potential of a uniformed service of 6,000 health care professionals. When not responding to emergencies, PHS CC nurses daily serve the mission of the PHS to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the nation. In times of crisis, the PHS CC nurses stand ready to deploy in support of those in need of medical assistance.

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