Military service members, their dependents and virtually anybody, anywhere in the world could be in need of critical, life-saving care at any time. The task of providing care of this magnitude may seem too monumental for some, but for Navy Nurses, it’s just part of a normal day.
It takes a uniquely talented and compassionate individual to be a Navy Nurse. Nurses are needed in areas of the world where care may not be readily available.
“Nurses who come in here say that they want to be part of something bigger than themselves,” says Navy Lieutenant Albert Ford, Officer Recruiter for Navy Recruiting District Raleigh. “They are smart and they want to be successful, but they also want to care for people all over the world and be part of the greater good.”
The Navy offers Nurses who have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, have at least two years of experience and currently work in nursing the opportunity to join the Navy Nurse Corps. Critical Care and Medical/Surgical Nurses are in high demand.
“The Navy needs Critical Care Nurses, because they are needed in the field and in hospitals to prepare patients for the next level of care. They treat wounded warriors and get them stabilized,” says Lt. Ford.
“We need Medical/Surgical Nurses, because they don’t typically have specialties yet, which means that they could work in a variety of areas within Navy Medicine. When Navy critical care nurses are abroad, the Navy has medical/surgical nurses to backfill other vital nursing positions.”
Navy recruiters who have real-world experience working in various fields within Navy medicine are eager to share their experiences with potential nursing recruits. They understand the level of courage it takes to care for a critically wounded comrade.
“We know that applicants will have a lot of questions about military medicine,” says Lt. Ford. “We can answer these questions based on our experiences overseas, in the field and in Navy hospitals. Opportunities in the Navy are unparalleled. You can’t get these experiences anywhere else in the world.”
March 16, 2016 - Teaming up for patient safety ... Cmdr. Nanette Brown, Lt. Nguyet Allbaugh, HN Isaiah Prado and HN Kelsey Yarbrough visit Naval Hospital Bremerton's Simulation Lab featuring a "room of errors" with a medical mannequin, designated as a "Patient Safety Seek and Find" room to have staff discover multiple risk hazards - 15 in all - to a patient's safety. The room, organized by NHB Navy Nurse Corps, was a featured part of the command's recognition of the 2016 National Patient Safety Awareness Week for March 13-19, 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Douglas H Stutz)
Navy Nurses are leaders in their field. They educate the people around them and influence policy within Navy Medicine. The Navy is accepting qualified nurses who are interested in applying leading-edge medical advances at shore, at sea and all across the world.
“We’re putting the future of Navy medicine into the Navy, so at Navy Officer Recruiting Station Raleigh, we recruit the best nurses there are,” says Lt. Ford. If you qualify for the Navy Nursing Program, contact us.”
In other words, the Navy needs more real life super heroes to take on the role of Navy Nurse. Do you have the humility to care for people in remote locations around the world where there is limited access to healthcare? Do you have the courage to save the lives of service members who fight for our country? Will you have the perseverance to save lives, day in and day out?
Learn more about the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps!
By USAF TSgt. Tamara Dabney, Navy Recruiting District Raleigh
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