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Registered Nurses

Health Science

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Registered nurses work in hospitals and clinics. Some work in sick bays aboard ships or in mobile field hospitals. Others work in airplanes that transfer patients to medical centers.

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Registered nurses are licensed professionals who provide medical care to service members and their families. The work of a registered nurse in the Military may range from providing routine medical care to caring for the wounded or assisting in disaster relief.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for registered nurses primarily consists of classroom instruction, conferences, demonstrations, and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Training length varies depending on specialty. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Practices and principles of military nursing
  • Care of emotionally-disturbed patients
  • Healthcare for children
  • Nursing techniques
  • Anesthesia, respiratory therapy, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Desire to help others
  • Self-confidence and the ability to remain calm under pressure

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