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Nurse Anesthetist




An integral component of the U.S. Army health care team, the Army Nurse Corps continues to distinguish itself from the traditional nursing field. As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll provide specialized care to patients requiring general anesthesia, respiratory care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and fluid therapy. You'll work as part of a multidisciplinary team, surrounded by dedicated professionals who share your values.

Job Duties

  • Scope of practice encompasses all areas where anesthesia is administered to include: inpatient operating rooms, Ambulatory Surgery Center, delivery rooms, post anesthesia recovery rooms, critical care units and emergency departments

  • Develop an anesthetic plan based on a preanesthetic evaluation

  • Perform or supervise the performance of the anesthetic experience in collaboration with an anesthesiologist and/or appropriate physician throughout the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases of anesthesia and surgery

  • Administer analgesia and anesthesia for the labor and delivery process

  • Active involvement in acute postoperative pain management of the surgical patient utilizing various techniques and pharmacological agents

  • Document the anesthetic process to include physiological and psychological reactions to anesthesia and surgery

  • Provide consultation and service for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and airway management

  • Conduct medical research on diseases of military importance, and conduct, supervise, and participate in graduate medical education and training of other medical personnel needed to sustain a robust medical system

  • Unique duty positions include: clinical staff nurse; instructor; phase II director; program director or deputy program director; assistant chief or chief, anesthesia nursing section


Active Duty

  • Master's degree in nursing anesthesia, from an accredited program

  • Between 21 and 42 years of age

  • Certified registered nurse anesthetist

  • U.S. citizenship


In the U.S. Army, the case diversity nurses experience in caring for Soldiers and their families far exceeds the medical care environment of the private sector. As an Army Nurse Corps officer, you'll have access to the most sophisticated technology, the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector, plus exceptional professional growth opportunities, which may include paid continuing education, clinical specialization and residencies.

Helpful Skills:

  • The normal environment of an Army Nurse Corps officer's work requires time sensitive problem analysis with an accurate, sound and immediate decision. Ability to operate under stress, apply critical thinking skills, make decisions, and translate these skills to battlefield conditions is critical to medical and mission success.

  • Effective patient care requires the proper balance between technical skills and the ability to apply the appropriate treatment or procedure at the right moment. Army Nurse Corps officers possess expert knowledge in their area of concentration, patient management, and general support and coordination principles. Nurses gain this knowledge through continuing medical education and experience sustained by mentoring, additional institutional training, continuous self-development and progressive levels of assignments within their specialty.


In addition to your annual salary and the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll be rewarded with:

Active Benefits:

  • No cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family

  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service

  • 30 days of paid vacation earned annually

  • Health Professional Signing Bonus of up to $250,000

  • Board Certification Pay of $6,000 per year (prorated monthly)

  • Health Professional Annual Bonus of up to $15,000 per year (prorated monthly)

  • Health Professional Student Loan Repayment of $20,000 per year up to a maximum of $60,000

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