Company: US Navy
Posted on: January 17, 2023
The greatest reward for nearly every nurse is the joy of serving
others. But in the Navy Nurse Corps, when you work to improve the
lives of others, you can vastly improve your own - both
professionally and personally. As a Navy Nurse, you will serve your
country by helping not only those in the military who defend it but
also their families and people in need around the globe. Excellent
scholarship opportunities mean you may graduate from nursing school
potentially debt-free, and specialty training opportunities can
give you a competitive edge in your field.
What to Expect
Nurse Corps Officer
As an Officer in the Nurse Corps, you'll provide high-quality
nursing care wherever there's a need, from Navy medical facilities
and ships to humanitarian aid missions across the globe. You'll
work closely with other health providers to carry out job
responsibilities such as:
- Provide general nursing care for Sailors, Marines, other
service members and their families at the best military nursing
facilities on shore, at sea and in the field
- Collaborate with Physicians, Surgeons, Cardiologists and other
specialists to create and administer treatment plans
- Direct and instruct Hospital Corpsmen on how to provide quality
- Apply leading-edge medical advances at world-class
- Utilize some of the most advanced technology on the planet,
such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which can lead to
less paperwork and more meaningful patient care
- Assist with global relief efforts such as distributing vaccines
or providing emergency care to victims of natural disasters
Nurse Corps Officers may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and
medical facilities around the globe, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany
to Guam, and Washington, D.C., to Washington state. As a Navy
Nurse, you could work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval
Medical Centers in Bethesda, MD, Portsmouth, VA, or San Diego, CA.
Or you could provide medical support aboard one of two dedicated
hospital ships-the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy. Additional
opportunities are available on surface ships, with aircraft
squadrons, or even with the Fleet Marine Force.
Training & Advancement
Upon commissioning, Nurses who are new to the Navy are required to
attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI. ODS is a
five-week program designed to introduce you to Navy culture. Nurses
commissioned through a school ROTC program may not need to attend
Officer training is complete, you will learn the ins and outs of
life as a Navy Nurse before receiving your first posting. Promotion
opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on
The Navy provides Nurse Corps Officers the opportunity to
specialize based on manning needs. Specialization fields
Nurse Anesthetists - Administer general and regional anesthesia,
monitor patients receiving anesthesia, and assist in instructing
medical trainees and other Officers
Primary Care Nurse Practitioners - Provide comprehensive health
care and health maintenance for service members and their
Medical-Surgical Nurses - Assess, plan and implement direct nursing
care of patients on an assigned unit, and assume charge nurse
Perioperative Nurses - Plan, implement and evaluate nursing care of
Critical Care Nurses - Provide highly skilled, specialized nursing
care to critical patients, including en route care, and train
personnel in critical care nursing procedures
Mental Health Nurses and Nurse Practitioners - Provide direct
patient care in mental health services, and lead and train other
military and civilian personnel
Military-specific Specializations - Education and training,
manpower systems analysis, and nursing research
It's also important to note that specialized training received and
work experience gained in the course of service can lead to
valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in the
Wherever you are in your nursing career, the Navy can help ease
your financial burdens and advance your career with generous
financial assistance and continuing education programs. Available
offers could consist of anything from scholarships to sign-on
bonuses to loan repayment assistance. And help could potentially be
available whether you're in graduate school or already in
High School Students
Through a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Nurse
Option scholarship, the Navy can cover the full cost - up to
$180,000 - of your nursing education at some of the best colleges
and universities in the country.
If you're a nursing student opting to serve full-time in the Navy,
you could get up to $34,000 to help pay your way through nursing
school through the Nurse Candidate Program (NCP).
If you're a graduate student enrolled in a postgraduate nursing
program in certain nursing specialties and opting to serve
part-time as a Reservist, you may qualify for up to $50,000 in
nursing school loan repayment assistance.
If you're a practicing nurse opting to serve part-time as a
Reservist, you may qualify for an immediate, one-time sign-on bonus
of up to $30,000. And depending on your specialty, you may have the
option of choosing between a sign-on bonus, nursing school loan
repayment assistance or specialty pay.
To learn what you qualify to receive, request a medical recruiter
contact you .
Qualifications & Requirements
A degree from a four-year college or university is a minimum
educational requirement to become a Commissioned Officer . You must
also attend Officer Training. There may be exceptions to the degree
requirements based on extensive service experience. Additional
- U.S. Citizen between the ages of 18 and 41
- Currently licensed and practicing nursing in the U.S. (new
graduates must obtain a license within one year of beginning Active
- In good standing (as a student or graduate) with a
CCNE-accredited U.S. education program granting a Bachelor of
- Willing to serve a minimum of three years Active Duty
- In good physical condition and able to pass a full medical
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving , whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before .
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Nurse, your duties will be
carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods.
During monthly drilling, Nurse Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve
typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, you may serve anywhere in the world, including
locations in the U.S., at bases overseas, or in areas where
humanitarian needs are great.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and
responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors .
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The
basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one
weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year
(referred to as Annual Training) - or the equivalent of that.
Nurses in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before
receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this
job, initial training requirements must first be met.
For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience
satisfies the initial leadership training requirement - so you will
not need to go through Officer Training again.
For current or former Officers of military branches other than the
Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior
military experience, you will be required to attend the Officer
Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI, for a five-week program
that provides a comprehensive introduction to Navy culture.
With flexible training options, Nurses in the Navy Reserve can
comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. Additionally,
professional nurses who choose to serve as Reserve Sailors in the
Navy Nurse Corps can potentially qualify for special offers.
Depending on your specialty, you may qualify for an accession bonus
or specialty pay.
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