Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Overview: Nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and nurse practitioners are categorized as Privileged Advanced Practice Nurses. They provide professional nursing care with a scope of practice defined by federal or state agencies for their specialty. They have or are actively studying for an advanced degree in their nursing specialties and practice with a high degree of autonomy.
- Provide comprehensive and specialty nursing care
- Render direct patient care, including comprehensive health assessment, differential diagnosis, and prescribing treatment
- Involve the patient, family, and community in setting realistic goals to achieve desired outcomes
- A master’s or doctoral degree in the suffixed specialty from an accredited program with specialty board certification; or full time enrollment in an AFIT-funded or Health Profession’s Scholarship Program graduate level accredited program; or for non-AFIT and non-HPSP trained APRNs, award of AFSCs 46YXX, must be approved by the Nurse Corps Development Team
- For qualified status, minimum of 6 months full-time nursing practice in the APRN specialty is required; Member must have at least 12 months experience as a registered nurse which MAY INCLUDE the 6 months as a privileged practitioner
- Must not have permanent revocation of all privileges IAW AFI 44-119
- Approval by the Chief Nurse
- For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Commissioned Officer Training (COT). This 5 week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer, and military healthcare.