Part Time, All Soldier: SPC Whipker

As a U.S. Army Reserve health care specialist and a civilian ER nurse, Specialist Whipker has gained respect. See why in the first of his video series.

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Training under the field you never know what to expect: it could be rain, sun or wind. Also you never know what kind of patient you’re gonna see out there. Anything can happen. You have to be able to treat all those and especially under a high stress condition.

In the Army Reserve Healthcare Specialist training you learn to suppress fire first and then treat the patient second. So you still have all the action with the infantrymen had but also the knowledge and the know-how to treat the patient.

They have the nickname of “doc” when you’re out in battlefield because you’re just the sole provider of the medical healthcare. Healthcare Specialist is the jack-of-all-trades. You get trained in ICU, ER, Radiology, and also working as a line medic.

The Army Reserve gave me the skills and confidence to excel in my civilian profession. I do have the best of both worlds, working as a combat medic in the US Army Reserve and as a ER nurse. The ER work that I do helps me keep up on my medical skills such as IVs and patient assessment.

Now that I’m in the Army Reserve I can’t imagine my life without it.