Serve part-time in the Navy Nurse Corps Nurse

Do a world of good as a nurse caring for patients in need.

There are now openings for Nurses in America’s Navy Reserve – with a critical need in specialty areas that include: Critical Care Nursing, Perioperative Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia.

Industry: Military, Health Care, Nursing, Medical, Hospital, R&D

Type of Service: Part-time (Reserve Duty)

Type of Position: Officer in the Navy Nurse Corps (college degree required)

Critical Need Specialty Areas: Currently, there's high demand for the following specialists in Navy Nursing:

  • Critical Care Nurses – These are licensed professional nurses who are responsible for the care of critically ill patients – whether they be servicemembers or their family members. They work with patients who require complex assessment, high-intensity therapies and interventions, and continuous care due to life-threatening problems.
  • Perioperative Nurses – These are licensed professional nurses who collaborate with surgeons to plan for complex surgical procedures. They serve as patient advocates during the most vulnerable time in patients' lives – providing patient care from admission through the preoperative and interoperative process and from recovery to discharge.
  • Nurse Anesthetists – These are licensed professional nurses with graduate-level education in anesthesiology (specifically, CRNA – certified registered nurse anesthetist). They administer anesthesia services to patients before, during and after surgical procedures. They are experts at airway management, resuscitation and the critical management of patients.

Note: Currently, there are special offers available for Critical Care Nurses, Perioperative Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists in the Navy Reserve. You can potentially qualify for a bonus ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 per year for up to three years, nursing school loan repayment assistance or specialty pay. A Navy Reserve Medical Officer Recruiter can provide complete details.

About This Job: Navy Nurses are responsible for the wide-ranging care of military servicemembers – working closely with physicians and other members of the health-care team to deliver high-quality, patient-focused care. In this role:

  • Care for Sailors and Marines as well as their eligible family members
  • Specialize in any of more than a dozen specialty areas – from General Nursing to Critical Care to Medical/Surgical – or pursue opportunities to serve as anything from a Nurse Anesthetist to a Nurse Practitioner
  • Work anywhere from Naval Bases to National Naval Medical centers, hospital ships to mobile clinics
  • Earn competitive pay and benefits (this includes tax-free allowances for housing and meals, low-cost life insurance options, retirement benefits, low-cost travel opportunities and potential VA home loans)

Key Opportunities: It’s possible to maintain an existing civilian career while also enjoying the challenges and rewards of Navy Nursing. A Nurse in the Navy Reserve serves as few as two days each month and two weeks each year. There are opportunities for additional service and pay and flexible scheduling opportunities to meet service requirements. There are also distinct professional advantages:

  • Take part in disaster relief and humanitarian outreach efforts
  • Operate without the typical business concerns and with manageable patient ratios
  • Acquire invaluable management experience and unrivaled respect as a health-care leader (Nurse Officer)
  • Pursue opportunities not readily available in the civilian sector (i.e., work on an aircraft carrier, in the field or in locations around the world)
  • Advance your skills through hands-on experience and train and mentor others
  • Receive potential financial incentives (availability of offer depends on specialty)
  • Receive paid training and access to Navy-funded continuing education

Qualifications and Requirements: Candidates must satisfy specific criteria to be eligible for employment consideration.

  • U.S. citizenship: Required
  • Education: 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: Licensed, in good standing, and currently engaged in nursing practice
  • Gender: Male or female
  • Age: 18 to 41 (older applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending upon qualifications and the needs of the Navy Reserve)
  • Medical exam: Required
  • Physical fitness test: Required
  • Service commitment: Minimum of two years

Learn more about practicing nursing part-time in America's Navy Reserve – including details on available specialties and current offers.