Left, right, left, right. Halt. Count off!
Melissa can’t help but be amazed at how disciplined and united all those men look like. She has always admired the military, how they risk their lives to protect people and the country, how brave they are and how strong they are to leave their peaceful lives at home just to make sure that others are safe. She wishes she was one of them, but she also wants to become a nurse, to help the sick and the needy, to be able to render appropriate care to patients and to help save lives. She sighs as she contemplates. You can’t always get the best of both worlds, at one point you have to choose one and right now, she is about to enter nursing school. She takes a deep breath as she takes a last look at the profession she is now about to let go of.
Military + Nursing. Seriously?!
You might not believe this, but yes, it is possible. What you once thought were never going to happen is now happening. Military nurses are those members of the nursing profession who care for patients within the military worldwide. They provide all aspects of traditional nursing care and practice in both peace and war-time settings through various branches of the military service such as the army, navy and air force. Just like all other nurses, these military nurses administer medication, treat wounds, and care for the sick. However, what makes a Military Nurse different and unique amongst all other nurses is that when you are one, your assignments can take you all over the world.
Military nursing, however isn’t for everyone. This demanding profession demands one to be able to think quickly and clearly in emergency cases, and also the ability to evaluate a situation, determine the best course of action, and take charge, which you may learn from ROTC. Military nurses are often given broader range of responsibility and offered broader scope of practice than in civilian practice settings. Here, the nurse enters active duty as an officer.
How to become one
So, you now are interested to become one Military Nurse, but how do you get there? First you need to acquire a nursing diploma either in Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). You may also speak with a military recruiter since there are different branches of the military that will often offer to pay all or part of your education once you agree to serve as a Military Nurse for a certain number of years.
So now, you’ve already graduated. What then? You have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination or better known as the NCLEX-RN. After passing it, you may start to work as an RN and gain some experiences in different aspects of care since usually though not always necessary, those with experiences in critical care, OR and trauma experience are highly desired when applying to become a Military Nurse.
After which, you may enlist in a branch of the military, if you haven’t already and finally become a Military Nurse.
In this constantly changing world that we live in, almost nothing is impossible. Those things we thought would never ever happen are finally happening and we finally get to do both things we like to do. So, what are you waiting for? Make your dreams come true, make the impossible happen. Become a military nurse.