1st Lieutenant Julio Cano: My name is Julio Cano, and my rank is currently a first lieutenant. I'm a clinical nurse, and I actually work for what the Air Force calls the "Nurse Transition Program."
You know, our shifts run from 6:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening. So, you know, just like any other job I get up and it's kind of nice because I don't have to worry about what I have to wear I put on my uniform and show up to work, change into what you see me in now my scrubs and I start my nursing care.
Work throughout the day, and in the evening report off to my oncoming shift and then go home. Work about four shifts a week since they are 12-hour shifts. It's just like any other job; I get to go home, spend time with my family and get ready for the next workday.
Working with Air Force nurses, you know, it's a tight group. We work well together. In the time that we're going through now with deployments, etc., we have to really stick together and help each other out. It's like a big family. Now they've given me the opportunity to advance and go into any specialty that I'd like; what I'm really interested in is critical care nursing in hopes to apply for a graduate program in nurse anesthesiology.
You know, nursing is an art of its own; we have a very holistic approach where we just don't focus on, you know, why the person is sick, but we focus on how it affects their whole person. And so I really like that about nursing; you know, we can provide just about any service that any civilian hospital can provide and we provide it well.