Have you considered joining the military? Well, then you are not alone! Approximately 1.4 million people were reported to be serving on active duty in 2009. With all of these people serving the United States, it is obvious that nurses will be in high demand. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nursing currently has the highest number of job openings in the medical field.
Since the Veteran’s Health Administration, also known as the VA, was founded in July of 1930, it has focused on the health and care for those who serve their country. With more than 150 VA hospitals nationwide serving more than five million, the VA is one of the largest hospital systems in the United States. With more than 60,000 nurses, the VA employs the largest number of nurses in the world.
Becoming a military nurse can certainly jump start a great career. As a military nurse you will have the added benefit of being able to see the world and make a difference. Whether you are stateside or travel with troops overseas, there are plenty of opportunities to help those who bravely serve. One of the benefits of serving as a military nurse is having access to some of the most advanced technology available.
Financially speaking, serving the military is a step in the right direction. Not only does the salary compare to or exceed civilian wages, as a member of the armed forces you will also receive 30 days of paid vacation. Along with a full retirement once you have served for 20 years, the military will take care of you. If you are already a registered nurse, the military may even have a loan repayment program available for you. Add on a signing bonus and the decision to join just becomes that much easier.