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To be a nurse in the Navy is to join a team whose care reaches across the globe. If you like helping people, but want to do so on a global scale; if you want to rise to the top of your profession, but not have a mountain of student debt; if you wish to make a difference no matter what—the Navy Nurse Corps is for you. Navy Nurses educate, lead and shape policy within Navy Health Care while helping those in need. This is the time to follow your heart, pursue your passion and let the Navy help you pay for it.
As a Navy Nursing Student, you will learn to provide the highest quality care in a wide variety of settings. Navy Nurses are not restricted to sterile hospital environments. You will learn to operate in military treatment facilities (in the U.S. and overseas), on board ships (aircraft carriers and hospital ships), as well as in international settings on deployments and humanitarian missions. From administering infant vaccinations in developing countries to collaborating with physicians, surgeons and fellow medical professionals, Navy Nursing Students receive every tool they need to succeed.
Navy Nurses may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the globe, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam, and Washington, D.C., to Washington state.
As a Navy Nurse, you could work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, MD, Portsmouth, VA and San Diego, CA. You could even support deployed troops aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.
Still more opportunities are available overseas and at sea–onboard a surface ship, working closely with a nearby aircraft squadron, or even with the Fleet Marine Force.
Training & Advancement:
Upon graduation from nursing school, those pursuing a position as a Navy Nurse are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
Qualifications & Requirements:
To qualify for employment consideration in the Navy Nurse Corps, you must:
• Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
• Be between the ages of 18 and 41
• Be a student or graduate in good standing of a U.S. education program granting a Bachelor of Science degree and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
• Be licensed to practice in a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a U.S. territory (new graduates from NROTC or NCP must obtain a license within one year of beginning active duty service)
• Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of active duty
• Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve active duty or reserve duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.
Wherever you are in your nursing career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens with generous scholarships, financial assistance and continuing education programs. Concentrate on your education or training with no military obligation until after your program is completed.
High School Students
Through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Nurse Option scholarship, the Navy can cover the full cost (up to $180,000) of your nursing education at some of the best colleges and universities of your choice.
Through the Nurse Candidate Program (NCP) you could emerge from school debt-free. A Navy Nursing Recruiter can help you choose the program that offers you the greatest advantage. You could receive:
Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Nursing Recruiter contact you.