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Army Nurse Corps

Medical-Surgical Nurse (66H)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

Medical-Surgical nurses specialize in care across the entire age spectrum and the continuum of health care needs. As part of the Army Nurse Corps, they play an important role in improving the overall quality of life for Soldiers and their families.

Job Duties

  • Provides nursing care to all types of combat casualties during low/high-intensity conflicts, wartime environments and other contingency activities
  • Participates in the preparation, sterilization, monitoring, maintenance and storage of surgical supplies/equipment
  • Applies clinical and administrative knowledge/skills for research

Requirements

Active Duty

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Completion of a qualified course in public health nursing or one year of supervised experience
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver)
  • Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Army Reserve

  • In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.

Training

Job training for a Nurse Corps officer includes completing an Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC), which introduces you to the Army health care system, Army doctrine and basic soldier/leader skills.

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
  • Perform under stress
  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills
  • Tremendous concentration

Compensation

Active Duty

  • If qualified, nurses may receive Army Nurse Accession Bonus (certain AOCs)
  • If qualified, nurses may receive may receive Nurse Loan Repayment Program
  • Low-cost life and dental insurance,
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
  • 30 days of paid vacation earned annually

Army Reserve

  • If qualified, nurses may receive can receive Special Pay (certain AOCs)
  • If qualified, nurses may receive Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Low-cost life and dental insurance

Education Benefits

The U.S. Army provides generous education loan-repayment programs, residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.


  • Johns Hopkins
  • GE Healthcare
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Mercy Medical Center
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