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Compassion with consequence. Nursing in America’s Navy comes with the joy of working to improve the lives of others while vastly improving your own – both professionally and personally.

Compassion with consequence. Nursing in America’s Navy comes with the joy of working to improve the lives of others while vastly improving your own – both professionally and personally.

“I didn’t join because I wanted a weekend job. I joined because I wanted to be a part of something bigger, better, greater than myself. It’s my legacy.”
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About This Job

By the very nature of their duties, Navy Nurses quickly rise to the top of their profession. They provide care not only for military servicemembers and their families, but also for people in need around the globe.

Working with a team of talented colleagues united by a common mission, Navy Nurses have the opportunity to educate, lead and shape policy within Navy Health Care. They also:

  • Apply leading-edge medical advances at world-class hospitals  
  • Utilize some of the most advanced technology on the planet like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which can lead to less paperwork and more meaningful patient care
  • Work at the best military nursing facilities on shore, at sea and in the field
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Navy Nursing offers an amazing scope of career opportunities – including the chance to mentor junior team members and teach others.

Navy Nurses can focus on any of more than a dozen sought-after practice areas, including:

Critical Care


Emergency Trauma

Manpower System Analysis



Neonatal Intensive Care

Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse Midwife

Nurse Practitioner

  • Family
  • Pediatric
  • Psychiatric
  • Women’s Health




Public Health


Training Management

Indicates a medical specialty that is currently in high demand.

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In the Navy Nurse Corps, you’ll provide high-quality nursing care, doing everything a typical nurse would do:

  • Check vitals
  • Treat wounds
  • Manage triage
  • Lift spirits, restore hope and mentor others

Then step outside of your comfort zone. That could mean taking part in humanitarian relief efforts, like administering infant vaccinations in developing countries, or providing emergency care to victims of a natural disaster. Collaborating with physicians, surgeons, cardiologists and fellow nurses as colleagues and equals. And developing the leadership skills that will set you apart.

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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Nurses in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your nursing experience in the Navy while enhancing your civilian career at home.

For annual training, nurses may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or in bases and camps in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.

Nurses in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Nurses in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own practice – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Navy Nurse Corps offers a truly diverse variety of academic, clinical and operational settings in which to practice. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian setting you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

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Practicing Nurses

Professional nurses who choose to serve as Reservists in the Navy Nurse Corps can potentially qualify for special offers. Depending on your specialty, you may receive either

  • A bonus ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 per year for up to 3 years  
  • Nursing school loan repayment assistance
  • Specialty pay*

*Contact a Navy Reserve Officer Recruiter for complete offer details.

Nursing Graduate Students

If you join while enrolled in a postgraduate nursing program in certain nursing specialties, you may qualify for:

  • Up to $50,000 in nursing school loan repayment assistance

Note: Offers based on service commitment. Contact a Navy Reserve Officer Recruiter for complete offer details.

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To qualify for employment consideration in the Navy Nurse Corps, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
  • Be a student or graduate in good standing of a U.S. education program granting a bachelor of science degree and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Be licensed to practice in a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a U.S. territory (new graduates must obtain a license within one year of beginning Active Duty service)
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.


Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.