corpsman you must learn and adhere to a code
of behavior that is based on sound moral beliefs
and is so ingrained that it becomes a way of life.
Your responsibility as a hospital corpsman is to
exhibit ethical behavrior in the three major areas
as discussed below.
YOUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY IS
TO YOUR PATIENT
You must always recognize your obligation to
give the best care that you are capable of giving
to every patient committed to your charge. This
care must reflect a belief in the worth and dignity
of every patient as a human being. Courteous, ef-
ficient, and conscientious service is the mark of
an outstanding corpsman. Respect for patients
right to privacy must always be honored, par-
ticularly when they disclose privileged informa-
tion to you. Such information should never be
repeated to any unauthorized person. Your pa-
tients welfare is of paramount importance.
YOUR SECOND RESPONSIBILITY IS
TO THE TEAM
Physicians, nurses, and hospital corpsmen
comprise the team dedicated to healing the pa-
tient. Mutual respect and understanding of the
role and the person by each member is of vital
importance to the success of the team. Coopera-
tion of all the members is essential. The physician,
as team leader, carries the overall responsibility
for the welfare of the patient. The physician
prescribes the medical treatment and oversees the
total care of all patients. The nurse is responsible
for meeting the nursing needs of the patient and
ensuring that all of the physicians orders and
nursing measures are carried out accurately. Both
the physician and nurse are responsible for in-
structing hospital corpsmen in the performance
of their duties.
The hospital corpsman is responsible for car-
rying out the physicians and nurses orders and
giving proper nursing care to patients.
YOUR THIRD RESPONSIBILITY IS TO
THE HOSPITAL CORPS
The heritage of the Hospital Corps places a
special burden on every new member. You are
responsible for upholding its proud tradition. The
tradition of service with distinction has been
established by your predecessors in every corner
of the world and under every kind of adversity.
Your patient, the members of the team you serve,
and your shipmates deserve your respect and
cooperation. They merit your confidence. Respect
and confidence coupled with your skill will allow
you to carry on in the proud tradition of the
Hospital Corps. Professional ethics is the key to
service with distinction.
The minimum skills, both professional and
military, required for advancement to HM3 and
HM2 are spelled out in the Manual of Navy
Enlisted Manpower and Personnel Classifications
and Occupational Standards (NAVPERS 18086
series). However, there are some skills that,
although not officially required, are and will be
desirable in an outstanding petty officer. Acquir-
ing these skills is entirely up to you; however, hav-
ing them will be decidedly to your advantage.
of these desired skills are as follow:
Clerical ability. Learn to read and complete
medical forms, such as health records and
medical reports, clearly and accurately.
Ability to operate office machines, com-
puters/word processors, and if available,
various copying and duplicating machines.
At one time or another you may be called
upon to use this equipment.
Ability to read and understand the various
naval directives and regulations. Develop
a working acquaintance with the Navy
Penmanship. Begin now to develop a neat,
Communication. Learn to express your
thoughts in writing and practice good
grammar. Listening is an important part
of the process, especially in the health care
A hospital corpsman must develop many per-
sonal traits that apply to all petty officers. You
can get a general understanding of them by refer-
ring to Military Requirements for Petty Officer
Third Class (NAVEDTRA 10044) and Military
Requirements for Petty Officer Second Class
The following traits, however, apply especially
to your Hospital Corps duties and are essential
for good performance.