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Can a civilian nurse work in a military hospital without enlisting?

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by Jayhaydee Jayhaydee (New) New

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Hello, everyone. I was wondering if it's possible for a civilian nurse to work in a USA military hospital without actually enlisting?

If yes, then is it possible to work at one of the hospitals in a foreign country such as South Korea or Japan?

Also, what would be the process to be able to do this? Who would I have to talk to?

Is it possible to take this route as soon as I graduate from nursing school and pass my NCLEX?

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Military hospitals have civilian nurses. Check out the website for government jobs or just do a google search.

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Pixie.RN has 12 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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US military hospitals overseas typically post openings on the USAjobs.gov website, but you will find that most military hospitals require at least a year of RN experience. I had a friend at my military hospital who was an LPN and became an RN; she had to leave and work in a civilian hospital for a year before she could take an RN position.

I moved your post to the government/military forum.

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Yes! If you have a specific military hospital in mind, contact their HR to find out about any experience requirements they may have. For example, we just left Fort Leonard Wood and they required at least 1 year of experience for new hires; however, sometimes they wave the experience and just start you off at a lower pay grade and then you work your way up to the normal starting pay grade after a year.

Try usajobs.gov, typically any jobs on an installation are listed there.

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