When you search for the word
When you search for the word "nursing career" chances are you aren't thinking
about military service. Yet, the most satisfying nursing careers can be
found in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Public Health Service.
The U.S. Army Nurse Corps has the largest number of career openings but each
of the other military and government branches offers unique opportunities that
can only be found in that particular branch of the service or government.
The U.S.Navy Nurse Corps offers the chance to serve a unique military
population and their families. You also have the chance to serve on naval
vessels ranging from a Hospital Ship such as the
Ship Comfort. You may also serve as a nurse in the United States or
worldwide in places such as Japan or Italy. If you are interested in being
a nurse who cares for Marines then the Navy is for you. All medical
services including nursing are supplied to the marines through the U.S. Navy.
The U.S. Army Nurse Corps has the largest number of nurses in uniform.
The nursing careers they offer range from pediatrics to community health
nursing. Army nurses serve in forward surgical teams caring for soldiers
and others injured only minutes before in battle. They work in the ICU and
in Allergy clinics. If there is a nursing specialty that you are
interested in chances are the U.S. Army has it.
The U.S. Air Force Nurse is one of the few who get a chance to become an
airborne nurse. From the medical evacuation (medevac) flight that requires
all the skills of an intensive care nurse to routine ambulatory patients Air
Force Nurse can enjoy career high in the sky.
Coast Guard Nurses work in similar environments as Navy Nurses. Their career
choices are fewer because the coast guard is a much smaller naval force.
Career opportunities do exist however for shipboard service as well as U.S.
The Public Health Service is a unique branch of U.S. government services.
Medical personnel including nurses are recruited and commissioned in the U.S.
Public Health Service (USPHS) with the same ranks and pay grades as commissioned
officers in the armed forces. However, the USPHS is a department of the
U.S. Health & Human Services. Nurses who select this career find themselves
serving in underserved areas of the U.S. such as inner cities and Native
Each of these careers offers the opportunity to not only be a nurse but you
will also learn and acquire unique leadership and educator skills that you may
not be able to acquire anywhere else in the private sector