Medical-Surgical Nurse

Medical-Surgical nurses specialize in care across the entire age spectrum and the continuum of health care needs. As part of the Army Nurse Corps, they play an important role in improving the overall quality of life for Soldiers and their families.
Job Duties
Provides nursing care to all types of combat casualties during low/high-intensity conflicts, wartime environments and other contingency activities
Participates in the preparation, sterilization, monitoring, maintenance and storage of surgical supplies/equipment
Applies clinical and administrative knowledge/skills for research
Active Duty
Bachelor's degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Education
Completion of a qualified course in public health nursing or one year of supervised experience
Must be between 21 and 42 years of age
Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license
Must be a U.S. citizen
Army Reserve
In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
Job training for a Nurse Corps officer includes completing an Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC), which introduces you to the Army health care system, Army doctrine and basic soldier/leader skills.
Helpful Skills
Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
Perform under stress
Apply critical technical and thinking skills
Tremendous concentration
Active Duty
If qualified, nurses may receive Army Nurse Accession Bonus (certain AOCs)
If qualified, nurses may receive Nurse Loan Repayment Program
Low-cost life and dental insurance,
Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
30 days of paid vacation earned annually
Army Reserve
If qualified, nurses may receive can receive Special Pay (certain AOCs)
If qualified, nurses may receive Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program
Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
Low-cost life and dental insurance
Education Benefits
The U.S. Army provides generous education loan-repayment programs, residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development.
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at
Johns Hopkins
GE Healthcare
Cleveland Clinic
Mercy Medical Center

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