Presently a Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) clinical nurse instructor, Dorothy Greer attained the rank of Major after entering the United States Army Reserve as a direct commissioned officer. Dual career paths, exemplifying excellence and dedication, evolved from a 24-year military service and a passion for nursing. Dorothy said, “I am determined and motivated in any situation to do my best, because the quality of service I give is important to me. My impact on the health, education and safety of others can change lives and impact the great City of Milwaukee.”
Attesting to Dorothy’s outstanding service, her awards include an Army Commendation Medal, four Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, an Armed Forces Reserve Achievement Medal, an Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons and an Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Dorothy was educated in the public school system. With a strong desire to become a nurse and help people, she joined the Rufus King High School pre-nursing program and volunteered as a ‘candy striper’ at the former Mt. Sinai Hospital (now Aurora Sinai) before graduating in 1971.
Dorothy’s employment opportunities expanded through education and her commitment to nursing. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1983. In 1984, she began employment in the operating room of the Milwaukee County Eye Institute. Desire for a more challenging nursing job led her to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) in 1989. Later attending the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, in Chicago, she earned a Certified Correctional Health Professional certificate in 1993. After attending Milwaukee’s Alverno College, she received a bachelor of science in nursing in 1994.
Dorothy started her military career in 1985. Because of her entry status as a nurse with a college degree, she was awarded a direct commission as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve as a 2nd Lieutenant. She was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1988, Captain in 1992 and to Major in 2000. In 2003, she and her unit were activated to serve during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan for one year. Her duty as a nurse and soldier, utilizing all acquired skills, included setting up tents as temporary field. She retired from the Army Reserves as a major in 2012.
Dorothy became a clinical instructor in the Licensed Practical Nurse Program at MATC in 2004, while employed at MCSD. Soon after retirement from MCSD in 2004, wanting to care for those in difficult situations, she returned to the Sheriff’s Department to work the “in-house pool” until 2013.
Dorothy often worked under very stressful conditions in the military, enhancing her ability to work effectively with others. “By developing the ability to adapt to just about any situation. I learned to be more flexible. My communication skills improved greatly enabling me to do a better job of caring for those assigned to me. Communicating effectively in tense challenges at the Sheriff’s Department was critical to my job performance and more importantly, critical to the lives of the people I cared for at the county jail,” she said.
Dorothy is the widow of artist Calvin Greer. She has two sons, Calvin Ashanti Greer, who is married to Kimberly Greer; and Christopher Greer, and she has six grandchildren. Dorothy attends Central Church of God and serves on the Northcott Neighborhood House Board.
Dorothy said, “Pride in how you do things is important in achieving excellence. If you take pride in what you do, no matter the situation, your skills, combined with the desire for excellence will almost always end with an outcome of excellence.”