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Mona Pearl Ternus, American Critical care nurse, flight nurse, educator. Certified critical care nurse, trauma nurse, staff development nurse; instructor American Council of Learned Societies and critical care. Member AACN (board directors San Antonio chapter), National Nurses Staff Development Organisation, Air Force Association, Officers Club, Association Military Surgeons United States, Aerospace Medical Association, Sigma Theta Tau.


Ternus, Mona Pearl was born on November 3, 1961 in Levittown, New Jersey, United States. Daughter of William Joseph and Sarah (Tanne) Tillis.


Bachelor, New York University, 1982. MSN, Pace University, 1986. Doctor of Philosophy, Auburn University, 2003.


Nursery nurse Northern Westchester Hospital Center, Mount Kisco, New York, 1987—1988. Intensive Care Unit nurse Methodist Hospital, Houston, 1988—1989. Director nursing Golden Age and Winslow Nursing Homes, 1989.

Hospice case manager Visiting Nurse Association, 1989—1991. Critical care charge nurse Woodlands (Texas) Memorial Hospital, 1990—1992. Commissioned 1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1992, charge nurse surgical Intensive Care Unit 59th Medical Wing Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, 1992—1994, critical care educator, 1994—1995.

Flight nurse 23d Aeromed. Evacuation Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, 1996—1997. 2nd in command Mobile Aeromed.

Staging Facility North Atlantic Treaty Organization Implementation Force, Tuzla AB, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1996—1997. Research officer 433d Aeromed. Evacuation Squadron, Kelley Air Force Base, Texas, 1997—1998.

Education specialist University Texas, Doctor of Medicine Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, 1997—1998. Professor Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama, 1998—2002. Research officer 908th Aeromed.

Evacuation Squadron, Maxwell Air Force Base, 1998—2002. Advanced through grades to lieutenant colonel United States Air Force, 2005, research officer surgeon general's tactical action team independent mobilization augmentee, 2002—2003. Professor Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 2002—2005.

Medical inspector Air Force Inspection Agency-Aeromed. Evacuation, Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico, since 2005. Associate professor University New Mexico, Albuquerque, since 2005.


Member American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Nurses Association, Virginia Nurses State Association, Air Force Association, Officers Club, Association Military Surgeons United States, Reserve Officers Association, Retired Officers Association, Aerospace Medical Association, Pi Alpha Alpha, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Theta Tau.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, reading, holistic healing, beading, mosiacs.


Married, July 1998; 1 child, Kattey. Stepchildren: Dale, Brian, Megan, Duncan.