Training Required to Become a Military Nurse
A nurse in the military will require training within the corps as well as outside
of the corps. As with non-military nurse positions and titles, there are many, with
many differing educational requirements. You could be a Nursing Assistant with an
Associate's degree or a RN with a BSN, specialize with a Master of Science and become
an Advanced-Practice nurse.
There are 2 major differences with military nurses in terms of training. Military
nurses also complete their required basic training and military specialty schools.
They are officers in the military providing care to current military personnel only.
The second major difference is that there are many sources of funds to help pay for
nursing degrees if you are in the military. These funding options can help when non-military
sources such as scholarships and grants are unavailable.
What do Military Nurses do?
Just like there are many nursing positions and skills, there are also many options
for serving in the military. Nurses can choose active duty, reserve or National Guard
depending on the availability of jobs and the wants of the nurse. Some nurses choose
to go full-time into the military and some nurses choose a part-time option like
reserve or National Guard as they still want to serve the general public.
The military nurses can be stationed locally or sent abroad for periods of time,
depending on the needs. Along with normal everyday medical issues, military nurses
often counsel personnel who are away from family and home or deal with military related
medical conditions that arise from training and duties.
Military nurse do sign-up with the military for a certain contract period. During
this contract period, the nurse is required to meet the nursing licensing standards
as well as the military personnel standards. For nurses choosing to get out of the
military after their contract period, their unique experiences can lead to better job
opportunities once released.