Civilian nurse on overseas base? (Family Advocacy Program)

by Chaosmyth Chaosmyth, BSN (New) New Nurse

Does anyone have experience working for the Family Advocacy Program as a civilian nurse, especially for a small overseas base? This is a position focused on education and outreach. I do not have any experience with the military lifestyle but the manager/recruiter stated that the team is a mix of both military and civilians.

Will my lack of military experience greatly affect my ability to properly do my job?

Will I be looked at with less respect?

Any advice??

The manager really sold me on the position but I don't want to jump the gun simply because I love the country the base is located in, especially since the base is in a very small town! I'll have to uproot my entire life in the States but I feel like it will be good experience for someone looking to leave bedside nursing...


jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 10 years experience. 1,487 Posts

Nah, go for it.  I've been an Air Force nurse for 8 years now.  We work with civilians all the time.  If you are a competent nurse, then you'll do just fine.  I'm sure any education you'll be doing is healthcare related.

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 14 years experience. 33 Articles; 13,694 Posts

I was a military brat who grew up overseas, and I later served as an Army nurse. My parents worked civil service for 30+ years before they retired, too. Civilians are an integral part of the military culture. In short, DO IT! 🙂