Providing care and leadership – and earning lasting respect Nursing

The greatest reward for nearly every nurse is the joy of serving others. But by serving part-time in the Navy Nurse Corps, you could vastly improve your own life – both professionally and personally. You’ll attain skills you can take back to your full-time job. With specialty training that lets you maintain the competitive edge every nurse needs.

Job Description

Whether you’re an established nursing professional or just starting out, there are many exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunities waiting for you. As you serve part-time as a nurse and Officer in the Navy Reserve.

Here, you can focus on your passion for caregiving. You may tend to an injured child whose home was swept out to sea. Or treat servicemembers waiting to receive wide-ranging levels of personal care in your triage. You’ll make decisions that not only help to treat patients but also manage the health-care environment. All within your comfort zone.

This is not your typical emergency room, your average office or your local clinic. It is an encounter with Navy Nursing – a part-time endeavor that helps you achieve so much more.

Whatever the specifics, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists. And know this: The impact of your work and your service will go far beyond the time that you put in.

Specific Responsibilities

In America’s Navy Reserve, every nurse is a respected Officer on a renowned team of specialists – anchoring one of the largest and most efficient health-care systems on the planet.

You’ll merge the best aspects of civilian and military nursing to gain unmatched expertise. Primarily, you’ll look after the medical needs of the brave men and women who serve our country, their families, and veterans. You may also fill in for deployed Active Duty Navy Nurses, working mainly at locations that are typically close to your home.

During your service periods, you may also work with health-care teams and aid organizations, mentoring health-care workers in host nations thankful to receive humanitarian aid.

As a Reservist in the Navy Nurse Corps, you’ll provide professional nursing care such as:

  • Checking vitals
  • Treating wounds
  • Managing triage
  • Lifting spirits, restoring hope and mentoring others

You may also take part in humanitarian relief efforts. Like administering infant vaccinations to the children of Cienaga, Colombia. Or providing emergency care to victims of a deadly earthquake in Haiti. In outreach programs both home and abroad. Collaborating with physicians, surgeons, cardiologists and fellow nurses as colleagues and equals. And developing leadership skills that will set you apart.

Nursing Specialties

The Navy Nurse Corps offers an amazing scope of opportunities. You may focus on any of more than a dozen sought-after practice areas, including:

  • Critical Care
  • Education
  • Emergency Trauma
  • Manpower System Analysis
  • Maternal/Infant
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
    • Family
    • Pediatric
    • Psychiatric
    • Women’s Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Perioperative
  • Psychiatric
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Training Management

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Financial Offers


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 a bonus ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 per year for up to 3 years, nursing school loan repayment assistance or specialty pay.*

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


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.


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 of that.

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 twelve-day Direct Commission Officer School (DCO) in Newport, RI. This will count as your first Annual Training.

The Navy Reserve offers flexible training options that fit the busy schedules of nursing professionals. That means you can comfortably balance your civilian and Navy schedules while enriching your personal career experience.

If your specialty area lies in anesthesia, operating rooms, medical/surgical or critical care nursing, your skills are highly valued in the Navy Reserve, and your service will be rewarded accordingly.

Career Advantages

As an Officer and nurse, your unrivaled experience could bring superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off throughout your career. Beyond your affiliation with a world-class health-care network, you will take seasoned expertise, unmatched versatility and proven management skills into the private sector. Putting you in high demand as a practicing nurse.

And the more tangible benefits? Competitive pay. Points earned toward retirement benefits. Outstanding insurance options. And much more. Read more about the benefits of serving in the Navy Reserve.


General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

Citizenship – Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or foreign citizen currently practicing in the U.S. (see a Navy Reserve Medical Officer Recruiter for details).

Education – Each applicant must be a graduate of a U.S. education program granting a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) or a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Licensing – Each applicant must be licensed, in good standing, and currently engaged in nursing practice.

Age – Candidates should be at least 18 and no older than 41 years of age at the time of their appointment. Maximum age limits may be waived on a case-by-case basis, depending on qualifications and the needs of the Navy Reserve.

More Information

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Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides part-time opportunities in the Navy Reserve, full-time Active Duty positions are also available in this career area.