When Michaela Nicole Emert arrived at the Navy Medical Readiness Training Unit in Everett one morning recently, she was a petty officer second class from the hospital.
She left the same day as a commissioned officer in the Navy Medical Services Corps.
For Emert, becoming a lab officer not only advances his chosen career specialty on an upward path, but also continues a legacy of military service in his family.
“My dad was in the military as a combat medic and my grandfather was in the navy as a seabee. With a desire to merge the two worlds, I joined the navy as a corps member. hospital,” said Emert, of Ogden, Utah, and a 2012 graduate of Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School, Honolulu, Hawaii.
She also began her career in the Navy in 2012. “I knew from the start that I wanted to be in the hospital corps and that I wouldn’t settle for anything else,” Emert added.
“I grew up living a nomadic lifestyle, moving around the Midwest,” Emert continued. “I loved it when I was a kid. When my dad joined the military, we ended up moving to Hawaii. My mom told me when I joined up that I would tell people around me that I had to always joining the army. Every generation of my family had someone in the army. I didn’t want to be different.
This dedication led to her being assigned as an Advanced Medical Laboratory Technician and Assistant Senior NCO in the Primary Care Department at NMRTU Everett.
It was in the laboratory environment – essential to help identify cancers, diseases and conditions through testing – that she found herself engrossed. His interest originated at Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command San Diego and further blossomed at his current duty station.
“Two different commands, but which allowed me to see different sides of the Navy and to be a lab technician. When I was selected as an advanced lab technician, I was surprised, but I learned to loving the profession and everything in it, so much so that after a few years in San Diego, I decided I wanted to be a lab officer,” Emert explained.
Emert credits the mentorship, teaching and guidance she received as a young sailor helped influence her goals, improve her knowledge and earn not one, but two bachelor’s degrees. She graduated from Thomas Edison State University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science, followed by her Bachelor of Arts in 2021.
“I had wonderful naval officers who increased my interest in the navy and the lab world. With determination in mind, I continued my studies on the night shift. When I came to NMRTU Everett, I pursued my certification and applied for Medical Service Corps – In Service Procurement Program. My first attempt was unsuccessful. Undeterred, I applied for the direct entry program through Navy Recruiting Command. I have been informed that I have been professionally recommended by the board for an advanced lab officer,” Emert said.
The submission process for any Navy advancement program places requirements on any aspiring candidate. There are a multitude of bureaucratic formalities, which include assessment, investigation and administrative requirements. All of this on top of the normal workflow at NMRTU Everett which has seen the lab deliver over 16,000 tests last year, handle a daily average of over 60 patients and play a pivotal role in helping stop the spread of COVID. -19.
“The hardest part for me has been staying positive through the ups and downs of the whole process. From getting the MSC packages in place, to waiting for results and realizing that one day you will pass from enlisted to officer in the blink of an eye can be a lot to manage, even when prepared,” Emert said.
To the tribulations were added encouragements.
“The most rewarding aspect was showing the sailors around me that if you put in the work and have a solid plan for your future, that plan can be executed,” Emert noted. “Yes, the hiccups happen. But it’s worth taking a deep breath and seeing what the next step is to re-evaluate and move forward.
His maturing process was both personal and professional. The lessons learned are there for those who want them.
“I learned to seek advice from those around you. Gathering the packages, I spoke to more staff than I normally would. I have sought advice from Nurse Corps officers, an environmental health officer, medical assistants, physical therapists, independent service men and so many more,” Emert shared, saying that others can – and should – achieve their career goals.
“My best advice is twofold. Know what you want and realize there is usually more than one path to your endpoint, and never be afraid to ask or push for what you want because the worst thing you can do is say ‘no’ to yourself before someone else can,” Emert said.
The best part of Emert’s career has been focused on his academic achievements and sharing with others.
“While I was at NMRTU Everett, not only was I able to obtain my certification as a medical laboratory scientist, but I also began teaching civilians and active duty personnel about phlebotomy and laboratory procedures. Watching this staff grow during their time in the lab was amazing and it’s something I want to pursue in my career,” Emert said.
When asked to sum up his experience in naval medicine in one sentence, Emert replied, “Everyone has the potential to grow and learn.”
|Date posted:||10.04.2022 17:37|
|Location:||EVERETT, WA, USA|
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