An integral component of the U.S. Army health care team, the Army Nurse Corps continues to distinguish itself from the traditional nursing field. Family nurse practitioners are a critical component in providing primary health care support for adults and children during humanitarian missions, other contingency operations and peacetime. Their scope of practice promotes health, wellness and disease/injury prevention.
- Elicit comprehensive health histories, perform complete physical examinations, order and/or perform diagnostic tests, analyze data and formulate problem lists, develop and implement plans of care, collaborate with other health professionals and refer patients as appropriate
- Conduct and supervise direct patient care, and plan and execute disease prevention and health promotion programs
- Exercise command of medical units as provided by law and regulation
- Perform special staff functions in health support for commanders at all levels
- Conduct medical research on diseases of military importance, and conduct, supervise, and participate in graduate medical education and training of other medical personnel needed to sustain a robust and readily available medical system
Unique duty positions include: family nurse practitioner; chief, ambulatory nursing; chief, primary care nursing; chief, health promotion; family nurse practitioner consultant to the surgeon general
- 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
- Between 21 and 42 years of age
- Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner
- U.S. citizenship
- Minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school
- At least one year of experience as a family nurse practitioner
- Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
- Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license current, valid and unrestricted nursing license as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner
- U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
In the U.S. Army, the case diversity nurses experience in caring for Soldiers and their families far exceeds the medical care environment of the private sector. As an Army Nurse Corps officer, you’ll have access to the most sophisticated technology, the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector, plus exceptional professional growth opportunities, which may include paid continuing education, clinical specialization and residencies.
Your introduction to the Army Reserve begins with the Army Medical Department Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC), a three-week program that will expose you to the variety of mental and physical challenges you’ll face as a member of the health care team. You’ll learn about the U.S. Army’s approach to health care firsthand, training with other professionals and attending lectures, conferences and demonstrations that cover everything from U.S. Army customs to crisis management. You may even have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on medical simulation of an in-theater field medical unit.
After completing BOLC, you will serve with a Reserve unit a minimum of two days each month, and participate in annual training for at least two weeks each year. During this time, your duties may include attending professional seminars and military or nursing education courses provided by the U.S. Army. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a wide range of health care environments, whether it be in a modern hospital, working with skilled professionals in a variety of clinical situations or supervising paraprofessionals in a field medical unit.