Serving as a military nurse is an opportunity to receive rewards in a multitude of ways. In addition to all of the benefits of a traditional nursing career, the military nurse is also given the privilege of serving their country. Many who choose to become a military nurse cite this as one of the chief reasons they decided to pursue nursing as a career. With ongoing wars and other military engagements taking place throughout the world, the urgency of need for people willing to step up and serve has never been greater. The rewards are great. The challenges are many. But to an overwhelming degree, a military nursing career is truly the best of both worlds.
It has been over 80 years since the Veteran’s Health Administration (better known as the VA) was established. From its earliest beginnings, the VA has been focused on providing the best care for the brave men and women serving our country. It is now one of the largest health care delivery systems in the United States, with over 150 hospitals nationwide and serving more than 5 million veterans annually. It is also the largest employer of nurses in the entire world, with a total of over 60,000 currently employed. It is also one of the largest employers in the country of minority nurses.
The opportunities for a military nurse are also remarkably diverse and ever expanding. Whether one wants the intense but rewarding experience of a military hospital, the excitement of being a health educator, or the chance to specialize in innumerable niches, a military nursing career can fill the bill. There are also many opportunities for developing nursing skills that will easily carry over into a non-military nursing career. This in fact is yet another attraction of choosing the military.
Each of these factors, coupled with many, many more, make the decision to be a military nurse one for careful consideration. There is truly limitless, exciting opportunities ahead.