A military nurse provides medical assistance to patients within the military and the various branches throughout the military which may include the Air Force, the Army and/or the Navy.
While these nurses work for various departments of military they perform all of the same job functions, responsibilities and tasks of a regular nurse (aka civilian nurse) regardless of their department or military designation.
Some of the job functions these nurses may be requite to perform include monitoring patient vital signs, examining patient medical histories, establishing IV’s, handling and delivering medications, handling and using electronic medical equipment, dressing wounds, performing triage, performing screenings, providing military check ups, collecting patient data, assisting military physicians with their duties and determining whether or not an active soldier is able to perform his/her duties effectively while in the field among other nurse related tasks.
Those who work as military nurses have the option of being on duty full-time military nurses or being part-time military nurses working in the reserves within set blocks of time (ex. working the last 5 – 7 days of every month) as part-time or on call nurses.
Note: The example above is only for demonstration purposes and may not reflect the actual hours a military nurse on reserve is likely to work.
Given the nature of being in the military these nurses may be required to perform their duties at a nearby military care center or hospital, on board an aircraft or in hostile environments during extractions.
Unlike civilian nurses that perform their duties in a civilian hospital or health care center those who operate in the military are typically given more autonomy in their field as they may be required to act quickly and decisively in situations where a soldier may need immediate medical assistance and a physician or doctor is unable to assist them in a life threatening or severe situation.
Also unlike most professions related to civilian nursing a military nurse may work in a variety of different locations and can be deployed all over their residing country as well as other countries within a relatively short among of time rather than working in a stationary location (i.e. a civilian hospital) for extended amounts of time.
Just as in other branches of the military, military nurses operate and are often judged by their rank, and depending on the rank a military nurse possess their job role, responsibilities and how they are treated among other soldier’s and colleagues can change as their performance increases along with their military rank.
Military rank is generally determined by performance and nurses that possess higher ranks are often looked up to by lower ranking military nurses, highly respected by their colleagues and highly sought after by other leaders and physicians within the area.