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Improving the quality of life for Marine Corps and Navy families

21 Nov 2008 | Lance Cpl. Zachary J. Nola

Throughout the Combat Center there are many organizations willing to go above and beyond to help Marines, sailors, and family members who call the base and the surrounding area home, with the wide variety of issues that arise from being involved with the armed forces.

While Lisa Geduld is only one woman, who does not have an entire building or an expansive staff to aid her in her efforts, as the Combat Center’s visiting nurse she shows the same unwavering commitment to support and improve the quality of life for Marine Corps and Navy families.

Officially part of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Geduld, makes home, clinic, and hospital visits for the purpose of providing health education and resource information, as well as promotes continuity between patient, doctors, and military or community resources.

“We can actually travel to a location and see the family, provide resources, and hospitality visits,” said Geduld, a native of Hackensack, N.J. “Our visits are a more relaxed atmosphere.”
In addition to addressing questions about postpartum care, ongoing medical conditions, child development and parenting issues, as well as medications and nutrition, Geduld, also aids other organizations such as the New Parent Support Program and NMCRS Budget for Baby Class.

“She’s always ready to help us,” said Donna Templeton, the regional program manager for NPSP and, a native of Memphis, Tenn.

Templeton said as the visiting nurse, Geduld teaches home safety issues to the NPSP’s primary audience of military families with children from birth through 5 years of age.
Geduld, who is also a registered nurse, said when working with NPSP she helps prepare young couples for parenthood by covering such topics as postpartum depression, sudden infant death syndrome, diapers, burping, infant and child safety issues, as well as informing mothers about the resources available at the Combat Center and throughout the San Bernardino area.

Templeton also said while her team of social workers and nurses often provide Geduld with references, Geduld also does the same so NPSP team members can provide the home visits, supportive groups, and classes needed to cope with stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood.

“As the visiting nurse she informs all the new parents about all the great programs on base,” said Jenny Gonzalez, an NMCRS chair volunteer. “Lisa’s great and her whole program is great.”

Gonzalez, a native of Stockton, Calif., who helps with the NMCRS’s Budget for Baby class, said Geduld often contributes to the class by providing attendees with contact information and resources throughout the base.

“She’s definitely a wealth of information,” said Gonzalez.

An additional duty for Geduld is serving as a liaison between wounded warriors and NMCRS combat casualty nurses who address medical questions, coordinate resources, provide resource information, and continue long-term follow up of Marines, sailors, and families who receive services.

“Combat casualty nurses are more a point of contact who do the nuts and bolts,” said Geduld, who is the wife of retired Lt. Cmdr. Steve Geduld. “In response to all the combat casualties we saw a need to do something, so the society hired nurses to work with combat casualties and their families.”

Geduld said the overall mission for the Combat Center’s visiting nurse is to be the first resource for Marine and Navy families, not their last resort.
For more information about the visiting nurse program contact Lisa Geduld at 830-7451.

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