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Career Story: US Army Nurse

US Army Nurse

Job Title: Registered Nurse

Type of Company: I work for the US Army.

Education: BS, Nursing, Auburn University •• MS, Nursing, University of Texas-Austin

Previous Experience: I started work in a cardio-thoracic unit. I now review and write policies for the office of the Surgeon General.

Job Tasks: I'm part of a group of people who provide expertise in managed care to the Army's healthcare brass. I meet with my counterparts in the Navy and Air Force and act as the Surgeon General's TRICARE representative on questions of "access to care." (TRICARE is the name of the United States' military's healthcare plan.)

When called upon to do so, I also conduct policy research and make specific recommendations, and I'm responsible, among other things, for developing Army Medical Department policy for the delivery of managed care to personnel around the world.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the opportunity it affords me to make a difference to soldiers and improve the Army's healthcare policies.

The worst part of it is that I don't work directly with patients any more. I became an Army nurse to provide soldiers with care and not to sit at a desk.

Job Tips: To pursue a career as a nurse you have to like to work with people, be a critical thinker and a pretty good multi-tasker. But there are different ways to go, and lots of different specializations, and the money that you make is pretty good.

Additional Thoughts: The personal qualities you'll want to cultivate include integrity, courage, compassion and determination.

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