Nurses have been a part of the military throughout all of history. They could have traveled with the ranks of soldiers to help them with their wounds or they could have been located in the villages they traveled through on their way to battle. In the current military, the nurses are established inside the different companies and groups of the military and can do more than help the soldiers they are traveling with. Nurses became a permanent part of the military in 1901 and have been an integral component ever since.
Military nurses can serve in a variety of roles in the different branches of the military. They can care for the soldiers of their unit in tents on the field, in a field hospital set up away from the battle zone, on a battle ship and in military bases around the globe. They can work in hospitals, intensive care units, emergency rooms and operating rooms in those hospitals, as well as case management and community health. They can work as nurse practitioners, educators, administrators and other specialists. A military nurse can hold military rank and can be commissioned.
To be eligible for active duty as a nurse in one of the branches of the United States military, the applying nurse must be a United States citizen or a foreign citizen with a current license to practice as a nurse in the U.S. They must also be a student or a graduate in good standing from a U.S. education program that awards an accredited bachelor of science nursing degree. They must be licensed to practice in the United States, U.S territory, Puerto Rico, or District of Columbia. A new graduate must get their license within one year of graduating from their university or college. The applicant must have a reasonably clean criminal history and be able to pass a background check. They must also be willing to serve in active duty with the U.S military, meet the age requirements and be able to pass a physical examination and the physical requirements.
Once a nurse has been accepted into the military branch of their choice, they can be stationed in a variety of places and assigned to any number of tasks. There are some assignments in the United States but there is a good possibility that the deployment will occur overseas. The deployment could send a nurse to a war zone, a military base in any number of countries or to another country to help out with a humanitarian aid situation or with a natural disaster.