As a nurse in the Navy Nurse Corps, you have the opportunity to serve your country while pursuing a passion for medicine and helping people. Navy nurses are part of the medical team that provides care for Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their family members. In addition, the Navy offers scholarship programs to help you complete your nursing education.
Navy nurses perform many of the same duties performed by civilian nurses. This includes checking patient's vital signs, managing triage, treating wounds and educating patients on health and preventative care. Specific nursing duties vary based on your specialty. Since the Navy provides complete medical care for service members and their families, there is a need for many specialty areas, including pediatrics, emergency trauma and surgery.
Outreach and Relief Efforts
In addition to regular nursing duties, you will also assist in providing medical care in combat when you are deployed. You may also help with outreach programs by administering vaccinations and relief efforts to people around the world after natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
In the Navy, you are not just a nurse, you are also an officer. You will work with and provide leadership for your team of other nurses and hospital corpsmen to provide quality medical care.
Unless you are working with outreach programs or relief efforts, you will be working aboard ships, in military medical facilities and hospitals in the United States and around the world. You may also be assigned to work on either the USNS Comfort or the USNS Mercy, the Navy's dedicated hospital ships.
To be commissioned as a Navy nurse, you must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 19 and 41. You must be licensed to practice nursing in your state. In addition, you must be able to pass a Navy medical exam and physical fitness test.
If you are not yet licensed to practice nursing, the Navy offers scholarship programs to help you finish your education. If you are a high school student, you can get up to $180,000 in scholarship money to pursue your nursing education through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Nursing students can get $10,000 and a $1,000 monthly stipend for up to 24 months to complete their education through the Nurse Candidate Program. These programs require you to continue to serve as a Navy officer. Speak with a Navy recruiter to determine what program you qualify for and what your service commitment will be.
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