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Military Field Nurses

Military Career

General Information


Some registered nurses may work exclusively in the field. These nurses are not only trained in emergency medicine, but also have expertise specific to the deployed environment. For example, flight nurses must be trained in altitude physiology as they provide medical care during flight. Flight nurses serve as air crew members, provide aeromedical evacuation for combat casualties, administer emergency care, and treat flight related conditions.

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Work Environment

Field 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
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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.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Field Nurses in the Military


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Average Salary


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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 96%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 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. Job training for field nurses primarily consists of classroom instruction, conferences, demonstrations, and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare 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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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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