Military Nursing

Learn About Military Nurses

Military nurses provide all aspects of traditional nursing care to members of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Public Health Service) in both peace and war time settings. One of the more interesting things about being a military nurse is that assignments can require travel to anywhere in the U.S. or overseas. Military nurses are called upon not just to treat soldiers but to provide humanitarian nursing care to civilians who fall victim to war injuries or natural disasters. These nurses can specialize in particular fields just like other RNs, such as OB/GYN, orthopedics, pediatrics, etc. Many nurses choose to become military nurses in order to have their schooling paid for by the government. One thing to keep in mind is that the military has height, weight, and training requirements, so military nurses must maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR ASN OR BSN
  • WORK WITH A MILITARY RECRUITER TO ATTEND MILITARY PROGRAMS AND TRAINING EXERCISES DURING NURSING SCHOOL
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • PASS THE MILITARY’S MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

$40,000 - $90,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Setting up triage in war zones
  • Treating soldiers who have been wounded in battle
  • Administering medications
  • Assisting physicians in surgical procedures
  • Caring for wounds and helping to manage pain
  • Comforting the sick and injured

 

 

Education Requirements

ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Military hospitals
  • Naval vessels
  • Military bases
  • Combat zones

Certification

RN. Specific certifications for nilitary nurses do not exist, but military nurses can become certified in their specialty area