Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Navy Medicine (2012)

Navy Medicine (2012) – https://web.archive.org/web/20120715222450/http://www.med.navy.mil/Pages/SiteMap.aspx

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What is the function of a Physical Evaluation Board (PEB)?
  • How is Navy medical insurance handled?

Description:
“World Class Care … Anytime, Anywhere” is the motto for Navy Medicine. This page is a 2012 snapshot from the Internet Archive copy of the Navy Medicine sitemap. I’m giving you this instead of the live site because the material below no longer appears findable from it.

From a writing perspective, I think the most valuable feature on this site is:

Case Management Toolkit – A set of 13 lessons designed to orient a new Navy Case Manager in the ways of supporting soldiers and dependents. The lessons may be useful on a number of different subjects:

  • Lesson 1: Naval Case Management 101
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to General Military, Navy and Marine Corps History and Service Culture
  • Lesson 3: Introduction to Current Day Navy Medicine
  • Lesson 4: Tricare 101 and Coordinating with Other Payers
  • Lesson 5: MTF (Military Treatment Facilities) Departments and Key Personnel for Case Management
  • Lesson 6: Disability Evaluation System (DES)
  • Lesson 7: Deployment and Post Deployment Health Clinic Program
  • Lesson 8: Military Pay and Benefits
  • Lesson 9: Commonly Used Resources for Case Managers, Service Members and/or Families
  • Lesson 10: Veterans Affairs
  • Lesson 11: Organizational and Resource Tools for Case Managers
  • Lesson 12: Life Long Learning
  • Lessons 13: Continuous Quality Improvement for Case Managers

These lessons will be very helpful in stories about people being treated by Navy staff or for filling in details of Navy medical characters. Since they are being taken from a snapshot from 2012, you might want to take a phrase from a section you intend to us and run it through your favorite search engine. Or file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the current version of a publication.

Another useful resource on this site is the Navy’s civilian NSPS Position Descriptions (PD’s) which has medical related PDs that go into detail about education needed, typical duties and other job requirements. These would be the documents that would be used in performance appraisals of your civilian Navy characters.  As of December 2013, this page was live but took some digging.A few representative PDs are:

  • 0185-2 Social Worker
  • 0675-2 Medical Records Technician
  • 0680-2 Dentist (Comprehensive)
  • 0610-2 Nurse Anesthetist
  • 0642-2 Nuclear Med Technician
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