In a previous post on The College Network Nursing Blog, I wrote about the exceptional story of Navy trauma nurse James Gennari, who risked his life in Afghanistan assisting a Marine who was brought in with a live rocket-propelled grenade lodged in his leg. Gennari said that the grenade's blast would have been powerful enough to demolish a car.
Now, I am pleased to report that Gennari has been honored with a Bronze Star.
The surgeon in charge told Gennari he did not need to risk his life, but he chose to anyways. “I said ‘I’m a nurse. That’s my job. I’m going.’”