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Sacramento State nursing grad navigates naval commissioning route

Monday June 17, 2013
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Sacramento State nursing alumna Sarah Blake, RN, BSN, has seafaring in her DNA. Her father served as a submariner in the U.S. Navy. Her great-grandfather, cousin, aunt and uncle were sailors as well. Her younger brother also is in submarine school in Groton, Conn.

Blake was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps on March 15 at Sacramento State and welcomed as the family’s first commissioned officer by her parents and three sisters.

Blake’s quest to become a naval officer began in 2012, when she underwent multiple interviews, security clearance screening, credentialing and a highly selective board review process with the government.

"Sarah combines a razor-sharp engineering, IT-type mind with a compassionate, caring heart and an inner drive to excel," Debra Brady, RN, DNP, MSN, one of Blake’s mentoring instructors, said in a news release. "She has contributed well over 400 hours of volunteer time in the school of nursing, working in simulation labs, mentoring students, providing assistance to faculty and students with computer/IT issues, and being part of community projects. Her contributions have made the school a better place."

On May 11, Blake reported to Officer Development School in Newport, R.I., for intensive training. She then will report to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.