Army public health nurses work to improve the lives of soldiers and their families. Army public health nurses
investigate the health requirements of communities and then plan public education and therapies to address those needs. Army public health nurses affect the outcomes of inpatient, outpatient and home care cases.
Army public health nurses are officers in the Army’s Advanced Health Care Organization. As officers, Army nurses enjoy decision making authority in their work that is superior to that of civilian nurses.
According to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, the ten essential public health services provided by
Army public health nurses are:
1. Monitoring community health status.
2. Diagnosing and investigating health issues.
3. Health education.
4. Directing communities to correct health issues.
5. Public health policy and plan writing.
6. Ensuring Health policy compliance.
7. Connecting people with the health services they require.
8. Maintaining licensing and educational competencies of Army public health nurses.
9. Evaluating current services.
10. Conducting research.
Some of the specific fields Army Public Health Nurses work with may include: tuberculosis, epidemiology and disease Control, mother and children programs, sexually transmitted infections, family safety and health education.
The Accession Bonus is a sign-on bonus of up to $30,000 for qualified applicants. Army nurses may also be eligible for the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program, which offers up to $120,000 to repay nursing school loans. Army nurses are also eligible for paid continuing education which includes clinical specialization courses.
Most Army nurses receive health, life and dental insurance, retirement, housing stipends and 30 days of paid vacation each year.
All Army Nurses are required to hold a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college. Qualifying
accreditations include programs accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Army public health nurses are also required to attend additional courses, including the Army Occupation Code Producing Course and the Principles
of Military Preventive Medicine. Some of the topics that may be covered include:
Military Environmental / Occupational Health
Public Health Case Management
Military Reportable Conditions
Military Population Health Education
Mass Vaccination Program
Community, Family, Individual Assessment
Rapid Health Assessment
Public Health Emergency Response
Age and Citizenship Requirements
Army public health nurses must be between 21 and 42 years at the time of entry. Those who do not meet this
requirement may request a waiver. Army public health nurses are also required to be US citizens.