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Military Nursing Jobs

Nurses help ensure the health of the troops by providing medical care. This is an article on military nursing jobs. We explore the tasks of each nursing job and describe their work environments and responsibilities.

Military nurses perform their jobs in several different work environments. The military nursing jobs covered below are performed in clinics, operating rooms, and airplanes. We will discuss each nursing job and explain their job responsibilities.

Career Comparison

Job Title Annual Base Pay (2018)* Applicable Military Skill
Air Force Flight Nurse $37,292.40 (O-1) Emergency Medical Care, Aeromedical Knowledge
Army Practical Nursing Specialist $18,176.40 (E-1) Emergency Medical Care, Tolerance for Sight of Blood and Wounds
Air Force Clinical Nurse $37,292.40 (O-1) Data Collection, Assessment Knowledge
Air Force Operating Room Nurse $37,292.40 (O-1) Anticipates Medical Needs, Emergency Medical Care
Army Nurse Anesthetist $37,292.40 (O-1) Pain Management, Allergy Detection

Source: *Defense Finance & Accounting Service

Military Nursing Jobs

Military nursing jobs play an important role in providing medical care to our troops and their families. They provide medical services to patients requiring emergency care in addition to preventive and therapeutic care. We will discuss nursing jobs in the military and explain each job's responsibilities.

Air Force Flight Nurse

As an officer and member of the aeromedical crew, the Air Force flight nurse (46F1) gives extensive nursing care to patients while on aeromedical evacuation flights. During the continental United States and theater (both intra and inter) flights, the flight nurse functions as a senior medical member of the aeromedical team.

The Air Force flight nurse evaluates and provides the emergency care required for the patient(s) during the flight, deplaning and possible emergency evacuation. They request the required medication and medical equipment based on their evaluation and diagnosis. For patient safety and comfort and to meet the goals of the mission, the flight nurse acts as a liaison between the medical aircrew, operational aircrew, and support personnel. In addition, they supervise the exit of the patient and their personal belongings from the plane.

Army Practical Nursing Specialist

Working under the supervision of a nurse or physician, the enlisted Army practical nursing specialist (68C) gives emergency nursing care to wounded patients. The Army practical nursing specialist may supervise individual or entire wards/clinics. They may oversee personnel performing nursing tasks but are not officially nurses. Practical nursing specialists hold a licensed practical nurse credential.

Air Force Clinical Nurse

Air Force clinical nurse (46N1) is a commissioned position that provides extensive and specialized nursing care to patients. This position is also referred to as a nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist.

The Air Force clinical nurse determines the health care and nursing needs of patients and patient populations by gathering health assessments, patient physical examinations, and other sources. They monitor and document the health status of the patient and population. The clinical nurse teaches the patient, patient's family, and their community about health by individual and group sessions.

Air Force Operating Room Nurse

The Air Force operating room nurse officer (46S1) plans, coordinates, and implements nursing care required in the operating room throughout all phases of surgery. They ensure that the operating room is equipped with the necessary materials and equipment. The operating room nurse consults with patients and surgeons on nursing care and operating room procedures. In addition, they respond to emergency surgeries such as respiratory failure.

Army Nurse Anesthetist

Administering regional and local anesthesia to patients requiring pain management is the primary concern of the Army nurse anesthetist officer. The Army nurse anesthetist provides anesthetic care for diagnostic and surgical procedures. They may also administer anesthesia during fluid therapy and respiratory care. They consult with patients regarding allergies and illness to ensure the patient's safety.


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