An integral component of the U.S. Army health care team, the Army Nurse Corps continues to distinguish itself from the traditional nursing field. Consisting of more than 11,000 men and women, the Army Nurse Corps is dedicated to providing high-tech, quality health care for military personnel, their families and military retirees all over the world.

Job Duties

Focus on fundamentals of emergency nursing such as respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, hematology/oncology, trauma management, hepatic disorders and infectious diseases

Conduct and supervise direct patient care, and plan and execute disease prevention and health promotion programs

Exercise command of medical units as provided by law and regulation

Perform special staff functions in health support for commanders at all levels

Conduct medical research on diseases of military importance, and conduct, supervise, and participate in graduate medical education and training of other medical personnel needed to sustain a robust and readily available medical system

Unique duty positions include:
Clinical staff nurse; clinical head nurse; clinical nurse specialist; instructor, nursing/hospital education; program director; section chief, medical surgical or ambulatory nursing; and forward surgical team staff nurse

Requirements

Active Duty

Bachelor s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Education

Between 21 and 42 years of age

Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license

U.S. citizenship

Army Reserve

Minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school

At least one year of experience in medical/surgical nursing

Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)

Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license

U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

Training

Active Duty

In the U.S. Army, the case diversity nurses experience in caring for Soldiers and their families far exceeds the medical care environment of the private sector. As an Army Nurse Corps officer, you ll have access to the most sophisticated technology, the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector, plus exceptional professional growth opportunities, which may include paid continuing education, clinical specialization and residencies.

Army Reserve

Your introduction to the Army Reserve begins with the Army Medical Department Basic Officers Leaders Course (BOLC), a three-week program that will expose you to the variety of mental and physical challenges you ll face as a member of the health care team. You ll learn about the U.S. Army s approach to health care firsthand, training with other professionals and attending lectures, conferences and demonstrations that cover everything from U.S. Army customs to crisis management. You may even have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on medical simulation of an in-theater field medical unit.

After completing BOLC, you will serve with a Reserve unit a minimum of two days each month and participate in annual training for at least two weeks each year. During this time, your duties may include attending professional seminars and military or nursing education courses provided by the U.S. Army. Plus, you ll have the opportunity to work in a wide range of health care environments, whether it be in a modern hospital, working with skilled professionals in a variety of clinical situations, or supervising paraprofessionals in a field medical unit.

Helpful Skills

The normal environment of a Medical Nurse Corps officer s work requires time-sensitive problem analysis with an accurate, sound and immediate decision. Ability to operate under stress, apply critical thinking skills, make decisions and translate these skills to battlefield conditions is critical to medical and mission success.

Effective patient care requires the proper balance between technical skills and the ability to apply the appropriate treatment or procedure at the right moment. Medical Nurse Corps officers possess expert knowledge in their area of concentration, patient management, and general support and coordination principles. Nurses gain this knowledge through continuing medical education and experience sustained by mentoring, additional institutional training, continuous self-development and progressive levels of assignments within their specialty.

Compensation

Active Duty

In addition to the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S.

Army health care team, you ll be rewarded with:

Army Nurse Accession Bonus of $30,000 (up to $10,000 if combined with Loan Repayment Program)

Nurse Loan Repayment Program of up to $120,000 over three years; may be applied toward qualified nursing school loans

Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions

No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family

Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service

30 days of paid vacation earned annually

Army Reserve

Depending upon your specialty (AOC specific), special pay of $5,000 per year for nurses with their Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Up to $50,000 for nursing school loans through the Healthcare Professionals Loan Repayment Program

Networking opportunities

Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service

Low-cost life and dental insurance

Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions

Both active and Reserve officers enjoy commissary and post exchange shopping privileges; a flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k); may receive pay for continuing education; and specialized training to become a leader in their field.

Education Benefits

Active Duty

The Army Nurse Corps encourages its nurses to improve their skills and enhance their professional experience through a variety of educational programs, including postgraduate opportunities and continuing education and specialty courses, all of which they often attend at the U.S. Army s expense. These programs not only ensure a high degree of motivation, professional opportunities and career satisfaction but also serve to maintain both the U.S. Army s high nursing standards and your level of expertise.

Army Reserve

One of the many advantages of becoming a member of the Army Reserve health care team is that you ll be able to focus on patient care instead of medical school loans. By continuing to practice in your own community and serving when needed, you can earn up to $50,000 toward the repayment of your nursing school loans.

Future Civilian Careers

As you advance through your medical career, you will be looking for experiences that blend teaching, research and clinical excellence to best prepare you for unique and challenging opportunities in medicine. Our nurses excel in the clinical, research, academic and health administration arenas. Many have worked in more than one career track throughout their time in the U.S. Army and have held leadership positions ahead of their private sector counterparts.

The nurse s responsibility and authority for professional nursing practice expand with education and experience. Expert medical/surgical nurses are role models for their specialty, providing leadership and clinical guidance for effective nursing practice both during their tenure in the Army Nurse Corps and throughout their careers.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at .

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