Carla G. Tolbert is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, and Joan Chartier Pratt is a full partner at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore. Both authors are also graduate students in trauma/critical care nursing at the University of Maryland Baltimore. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.
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