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Operating Room Nurse

Overview: An operating room allows minimal margin for error. Operating Room Nurses plan and coordinate all preoperative and postoperative nursing activities and patient care. They also are trained to respond immediately to all contingencies during surgical emergencies.

Position:  Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Prepare and maintain operating room for all surgical procedures and possible emergencies 
  • Respond to surgical emergency requirements such as cardiac, pulmonary or respiratory failure and hemorrhage 
  • Consult with surgeon to establish priorities of care for each patient 
  • Discuss procedures with patients and inform them of what to expect


  • Must be a graduate of an accredited baccalaureate degree in nursing or awarded a post-baccalaureate (masters or doctorate) degree in nursing.  The basic nursing program and graduate degree in nursing must be nationally accredited.
  • Completion of an AF/SG1N approved formal training program is required
  • Unrestricted license to practice (excludes temporary restrictions) IAW AFI 44-119
  • For a Qualified status, a minimum of 6 months in OR nursing required. Time spent in OR Nursing Course and civilian OR nursing experience is creditable.


  • 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.