Why become a Military Nurse
Military nurses. We have heard about them before. Some have even seen them, in movies, in dramas and even in real life. And guess what? A lot of people have been blabbering about wanting to become one or asking people on how to become one. But what does military nursing really have offer that makes it look so promising in the eyes of nurses? What are the benefits if you are one? Why should one become a military nurse?
Just like most nursing jobs out there, this nursing specialization pays competitively. Military nurses are well paid, especially as their rank increases. In addition to an already desirable salary, the military also normally offers enlistment bonuses and other financial incentives.
Furthermore, since nurses are required to have a BSN before enlisting, many enlistment packages contain tuition repayment packages.So, wow, who wouldn’t want that? If you’re looking for a nursing job that is both exciting and pays well, then this might just be the one for you, a job that repays almost everything you spent in nursing school.
If you constantly thirst for the advancement of knowledge, then you might want to consider this job. Military nurses receive regular training to improve their nursing skills while working for the military. Also, they receive special leadership and officer training that prepares them for managerial and other leadership positions.
Through the GI Bill and other financial assistance programs, nurses who want to get an advanced degree, such as a master’s in nursing or a doctorate may be able to do so with the military covering the entire tab.
Most importantly, the experience gained through a career as a military nurse cannot be gained in any other career. Those who have been a military nurse are in high-demand when it comes to obtaining a nursing job in a hospital or other healthcare facility, well that’s if you ever consider another career after military nursing.
The leadership training received as a military nurse will groom you to move straight into a position of management in a nursing job outside of the military.
Also, those you have learned in military such as dedication, honesty and respect, will set you apart from other candidates in the regular nursing job market. So now, you have an edge.
The chance to travel
You may not believe it, but there are opportunities to see different parts of the world, depending on which specialty or branch of the military you join. For example, if you are a reservist or guard nurse, then there may be opportunities to complete your active duty time in an exotic part of the world, especially if you are in a critical specialty.
In addition to the opportunities and benefits mentioned above, you will receive low-cost or no-cost medical, dental and life insurance, substantial retirement plan options, housing allowances and 30 days of paid vacation earned yearly.
Additionally, you will enjoy a sensible work-life balance that provides plenty of time for family as well as your recreational pursuits.
So, what are you waiting for? If the above mentioned are not yet pleasing to you, then I don’t know what is. Get up and follow your dreams. Face your fears and become a military nurse.