Rear Admiral Aisha K. Mix, Chief Nurse Officer for the Office of the Surgeon General and Health and Human Services, is sharing a special congratulatory message with the newest graduates of Galen College of Nursing.
“Greetings Galen College! It is with tremendous excitement that I join you virtually to convey my congratulations on a job well done. As you are well aware, completion of a rigorous nursing program is no small task, but you did it,” RADM Nix says in her virtual address. “By design, your studies at Galen have prepared you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to care for patients, to care for their families, and all the communities across the nation and in this world. The current pandemic has certainly highlighted the impact and the contributions of nurses to the health and wellbeing of our country. Representing all levels of nurses, you will now join a workforce that nears 5 million members. It also reflects the largest group of healthcare professions in the United States, and the most trusted. I am honored to be one of the first to welcome you into your new role within the nursing profession.”
As Chief Nurse Officer, RADM Nix provides advisement on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of thousands of nurse professionals. She is responsible to provide leadership to more than 4,000 Public Health Service (PHS) and civilian nurses. With 25 years in nursing, she is an experienced clinician, public health practitioner, educator, and emergency manager.
In support of the PHS, RADM Mix served as Deputy Team Commander and Team Commander during several deployment operations. In addition, she deployed to Monrovia, Liberia, to support the 2014 Ebola Response and assumed the role of Field Operations Policy Lead in the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
RADM Mix is a board-certified National Healthcare Disaster Professional and graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from Hampton University. She completed her Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University and received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with a focus on educational leadership, from Case Western Reserve University.
We are honored to have her address our amazing Galen students as they embark on the incredible journey of nursing. Congratulations to all our graduates!