military nurses

  1. HI I am a student in college and I want to become a nurse in the military. I was doing my research and all the branches list just a couple of specialties that you can go into as a nurse in the military. I was just wondering if anyone knows if there is anything were you can be with the troops on the front line? Maybe like a combat nurse. Or is like an EMT or a medic or something? I really want to go into the Air Force, but i don't really don't want to do any of the specialties that they list. Please if anyone can help, PLEASE help because i am getting very frustrated!!!
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  3. by   Gennaver
    Quote from millerb
    HI I am a student in college and I want to become a nurse in the military. ... Please if anyone can help, PLEASE help because i am getting very frustrated!!!
    Hello,
    Have you spoken with any medical recruiters? If you are interested in in being a nurse that is an Officer, (you may be eligible right now for your school's ROTC, check with them, or even through the Army Nurse Candidate Program if your school does not have ROTC, sorry I only know little about the Army and less about the Navy and Air Force Nursing due to me being to old for them).

    If you are interested in going in as a medi that would be as enlisted and in order to find out if you qualify for that you would need to test the ASVAB.

    I wish you the best, and please try to be patient because there *ought* to be better advice coming from other members.
    Gen
  4. by   navynurse06
    [font='times new roman']ok here is some of the better advice that was referred to in the above post.
    [font='times new roman']this will be from the navy point of view since i'm a navy nurse. in there are several different areas that you can receive sub specialty codes in. some of those areas are: med-surg, peds, mental health, [font='times new roman']ob[font='times new roman'], er/trauma, or, critical care. you would receive such mention codes after working in a area for 1 yr.
    [font='times new roman']thus being said, no matter what code you have you can still be deployed! i'm a peds nurse, and am awaiting a deployment to where ever the navy would love to send me.
    [font='times new roman']i guess before i go any further, also i would like to know what you mean as to the "front lines".
    [font='times new roman']the areas that many nurses are being sent from are or, critical care, and er nurses. but as a said before anyone can be sent any where. also, i must add that just because you are deployed doesn't mean you are going straight to the "front lines"; our medical support is need in various places during this time. there are various hospitals around the world that nurses are being deployed to. but things change on a day to day basis, and i am just giving a general overview.
    [font='times new roman']lcdr dan ,who is on this board, can give you better answers as far as the navy aspect. he's a wealth of knowledge!
    :spin:
    but i hope i've helped you out a little bit.
    i'll be gald to add what i can if you have any further questions.
    ens pm
  5. by   Jarnaes
    If you want to be on the front lines, best bet is to go as a brigade nurse or as part of a forward surgical team (FST) that isn't co-located with a combat support hospital.
    The brigade nurse positions are for the 66H (med-surg) specialty. The FST has ICU nurses, OR nurses, and ER nurses.
    All the nursing specialty areas are open for deployment with various types of units. Any questions, just PM me.
  6. by   navydavey07
    There are many options out there. This is also coming from a navy standpoint, but i would say go navy. Its not as easly as a job as you might think it is. We do get deployed, maybe not at frist, but they arent going to send a new nurse out to do some of th ehard core stuff until you are ready and trained. The oppurtunites that you can getin teh navy, i think, go beyond what the army or airforce can offer. We do a differant kind of care, one that you might not see anywhere else. So what I am saying is now a days getting deployed is a very likely option, from what I have been told, all the braches will give you good training and you;ll be a great nurse. It comes down to what you want to be, an navy nurse and army nurse or an airforce nurse. What every unifrom makes you feel the proudest and makes you the happiest, then thats the service you should join, and the deployment issues will work them selfs out.
  7. by   Nurse Entrepreneur
    If you want to work as a Registered Nurse in the Army, then you would be commissioned as an Army Nurse Corps officer.

    If you want to be a health care provider on the front lines, then being a combat medic as an enlisted soldier would be a path to condier. If you are a male, you can serve with a combat arms unit as a medic. With enough experience, you could even serve as a special forces medic.

    Check out http://www.goarmy.com
  8. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from millerb
    HI I am a student in college and I want to become a nurse in the military. I was doing my research and all the branches list just a couple of specialties that you can go into as a nurse in the military. I was just wondering if anyone knows if there is anything were you can be with the troops on the front line? Maybe like a combat nurse. Or is like an EMT or a medic or something? I really want to go into the Air Force, but i don't really don't want to do any of the specialties that they list. Please if anyone can help, PLEASE help because i am getting very frustrated!!!
    The AirForce has only one nursing speciality that is actually with troops on the front line and that is Special Operations Critical Care Air Transport Nurse/(CCAT).
    That is very limited field and you have to have ICU experience and be a CCAT nurse to even start to be qualified.

    That being said the AirForce also has officer opportunities for pararescue.

    http://www.pararescue.com/

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