Chris O'Connell, RN, MSN, CFRN, CEN, CCRN, CTRN, EMT-B, is a trauma program manager in the DHMC Trauma Program. Since 1988, he’s also been a colonel in United States Army Reserves and currently serves as the commander of the 405th Combat Support Hospital. “My military service has enabled me to have perseverance, to be more resilient and adaptable. It has given me a great leadership education and wonderful opportunities to lead. I have had many global health and ‘horizon broadening’ experiences that have given me a different perspective. I have been able to problem-solve in austere and challenging environments and it has made me a better, more knowledgeable nurse and a better person overall. The ideals of the Warrior Ethos easily carry over into my civilian work: patience, courage, faith, loyalty, fidelity, self-command, respect for elders, team work, love of comrades and country, and, of course, a good sense of humor.”
Photo: Col. Chris A O’Connell, trauma program manager in the DHMC Trauma Program, is currently commander of the 405th Combat Support Hospital in the US Army reserves.