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Nursing. 2019 Nov;49(11):45-48. doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000585904.05485.b7.

The admiral is a lady: Alene Duerk, RN.

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Patricia Ringos Beach is a former oncology nurse navigator and clinical nurse specialist with advanced certification in oncology and palliative care. Beth E. White is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist who has worked in a variety of clinical, educational, and perinatal quality improvement roles.


Promoted by President Nixon in 1972, Admiral Alene Duerk (1920-2018) was the first female admiral to serve in any navy in the world. This article highlights her accomplishments as a nurse and a military leader.

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