hypothetically speaking if you are referring to the conflict that denotes a successor to war world ii if so, i'm certain that it wouldn't be a problem for us nurses to be accounted for on behalf of our country. however, i'm a firm believer of not crossing the bridge till you come to it~
Historically, the US came very very close to enacting the Nurse Selective Service Act, but didn't have to thanks to our Grandmother and Great grandmothers stepping up and enlisting. It could theoretically come to that again if WWIII were to break out. However... it would probably be a last resort type thing like it was in the 40s.
If I were drafted as a nurse, I'd certainly serve my country.
I think it would be a great idea and for that matter considering that95 percent of all nurses are femalethat is the majority of who will go. I have already served my time ofover 6 years and 9 months and thus have completed my full obligation.
The U.S. ended its draft in 1973 - reinstituting it would require action from Congress.
And how are we defining "the next world war"?
Basically every hospital in the US is part of (I can't remember the exact term, off the top of my head) a Federal, "Joint Service Use Agreement", where all healthcare facilities will/may be directed by FEMA and support each other, in times of mass-casualty/critical event.
So, while not legally "drafted", if you are employed in a hospital, your services may be required (by law) out of state or across the country. Generally, a, "call for volunteers", is put out, but the final legislative authority to "draft" care providers was completed after Katrina/NOLA.