Advanced Practice Nurses

Military Career

General Information

Description

Advanced practice nurses are highly educated health professionals who provide direct patient care, such as conducting health assessments, diagnosing disease, and prescribing medications and other treatments. They may specialize as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, or nurse anesthetists. In the Military, advanced practice nurses provide a wide range of care, from treating illness to caring for the wounded or assisting in disaster relief.  

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Work Environment

Advanced practice nurses work in hospitals and clinics. Some work in sick bays aboard ships or in mobile field hospitals. Others work in airplanes that transfer patients to medical centers.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Offices of Physicians
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Outpatient Care Centers
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Advanced Practice Nurses in the Military

3,412

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Salary

Average Salary

$113,764

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 83%
  • Doctoral degree 6%
  • Post baccalaureate 3%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • First professional degree 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Advanced practice nurses have a graduate degree in nursing. Job training for advanced practice nurses primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various healthcare environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Practices and principles of military nursingCare of emotionally disturbed patientsHealthcare for childrenNursing techniquesAnesthesia, respiratory therapy, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

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Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Biology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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