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Military nurse certification pay

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by RNININF RNININF (New) New Nurse

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Do Army nurses and nurses in other services receive extra pay for having a certification like the CCRN? If so, how exactly does it work do you just hand in proof once certified to begin receiving pay? How much and is it the same amount for reserve/active duty? Does it have to be the certification in your specific AOC?

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jfratian has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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The short answer is "sort of."

A board certification (CEN, CCRN, CNOR, etc) is a requirement for eligibility for the CSP (consolidated special pay). The CSP is a retention bonus of up to $210K (up to $35k/yr) on top of your normal pay for up to 6 years of active duty contract extension. They constantly change who is eligible/what amount/how much pay-back time based on who they need (ICU, ER, etc).

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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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I was in the Army as a 66HM5 (ER/trauma nurse), now known as 66T. I received incentive specialty pay (ISP) because I had my CEN. Your certification has to be relevant to your AOC and there is paperwork/a contract involved. You also cannot take an accession bonus and get the ISP.

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