Back to Top Skip to main content Skip to sub-navigation

Military nursing highlighted during National Nurses' Week

Image of Military health personnel checking patients vitals. Click to open a larger version of the image. Air Force Capt. Jennifer Armon, a nurse assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Command, Travis Air Force Base, California, begins her shift by assessing a patient's vitals at Dameron Hospital, Stockton, California, on Jan. 8, 2021 (Photo by: Army Spc. Caleb Minor/5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).

Recommended Content:

Nursing in the Military Health System

National Nurses Week is held each year from May 6 to May 12 to honor all nurses for their dedication and commitment to the profession.

Born on May 12, Florence Nightingale, otherwise known as "The Lady with The Lamp," is considered the founder of modern nursing for her revolutionary treatment of wounded soldiers during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Her pioneering work to improve the sanitation and hygiene for wounded soldiers paved the way for later developments in battlefield medicine.

Nurses within the Defense Health Agency continue to carry Nightingale's legacy of care and compassion forth on a daily basis.

The DHA's nursing workforce includes military, civilian and U.S. Public Health Service nurses, who work in multiple specialties around the globe to deliver inpatient and ambulatory, patient-centered care to more than 9.6 million beneficiaries.

How many nurses work in the military?

There are 29,645 nurses in the military, according to the Military Health System. Here is the breakdown by service:

  • Army: 9,598
  • Reserves/National Guard: 9,008
  • Navy: 4,540
  • Air Force: 4,036
  • United States Public Health Service: 1,352
  • Defense Health Agency: 1,111

USUHS

Since its founding in 1993, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' Daniel K. Inouye School of Graduate Nursing in Bethesda, Maryland has graduated 1,074 advanced practice nurses.

  • Registered nurse anesthetists: 463
  • Family nurse practitioners: 403
  • Adult psychiatric mental health specialists: 79
  • Critical nurse specialists: 69
  • Ph.D. in nursing science: 48
  • Women's health nurse practitioners: 12

Graduate school rankings:

  • The Inouye nursing school is ranked in the top 5% overall for graduate nursing by U.S. News & World Report
  • The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is ranked No. 15 in the nation by the magazine
  • The Master of Science in Nursing program is ranked No. 27 of 598 U.S. programs
  • The Nurse Anesthesia program remains No. 4 in the country (it was ranked there in previous years)

Six essential features of professional nursing:

(From the American Nursing Association)

  • Provision of a caring relationship that facilitates health and healing
  • Attention to the range of human experiences and responses to health and illness within the physical and social environments
  • Integration of objective data with knowledge gained from an appreciation of the patient or group's subjective experience
  • Application of scientific knowledge to the processes of diagnosis and treatment using judgment and critical thinking
  • Advancement of professional nursing knowledge through scholarly inquiry
  • Influence on social and public policy to promote social justice

You also may be interested in...

Nurse-led research aims to improve battlefield medicine

Article
12/21/2020
Military nurses working on a simulated patient in a helicopter

[O]ne of their goals is to create novel solutions to optimize survival and functional recovery of burn casualties.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Research and Innovation | Nursing in the Military Health System | Readiness Capabilities

NMRTC Bremerton nurse follows father’s Naval footsteps

Article
12/7/2020
Medical personnel wearing a mask, sitting down

U.S. Navy Lt. Daria Seipeltyra said she knew two things from a very young age; she wanted to be a nurse, and she wanted to join the United States Navy.

Recommended Content:

Nursing in the Military Health System

Military nurses hold virtual research & evidence-based practice course

Article
10/30/2020
Two nurses, wearing masks, examining a mannequin

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, the three-day in-person course was abbreviated to a one-day virtual.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Public Health | Combat Support | Research and Innovation | Nursing in the Military Health System

Navy tele-health supports Guam civilian hospital during COVID-19

Article
10/19/2020
Woman sitting in front of several computer monitors

[T]his is the first-ever DoD tasking for telemedicine support in response to a request from civil authorities for aid.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Combat Support | Global Health Engagement | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Nursing in the Military Health System

NH Bremerton relies on experienced nurse to help new moms

Article
10/16/2020
Military personnel gives nurse an award

"Navy Medicine has taken me from novice to expert over a 20 year career..."

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Women's Health | Patient Safety | Nursing in the Military Health System

DHA encourages women leaders through Federal Women’s Program

Article
9/4/2020
Navy Rear Adm. Mary Riggs greets Army Maj. Angela Hinkson

What are the right tools for successful women leaders?

Recommended Content:

Women's Health | Nursing in the Military Health System

BAMC nurses: “It’s us against COVID”

Article
8/6/2020
Group of nurses at a hospital

With safety on the line, mistakes aren’t an option when it comes to PPE.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Coronavirus | Nursing in the Military Health System

Determined to Serve: Critical care nurse joins the Reserve at age 50

Article
7/22/2020
Two military healthcare workers wearing masks

The Air Force Reserve does indeed have a critical need for critical care nurses.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Coronavirus | Nursing in the Military Health System

Air Force medical recruiting up while recruiters, applicants serve their communities

Article
6/10/2020
Four  military nurses wearing masks

The pandemic is increasing unemployment rates, driving many people to seek career paths in health sciences and military medicine.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Nursing in the Military Health System

NNW Ceremony 2019

Video
5/5/2020
NNW Ceremony 2019

A recap of the National Nurses Week ceremony in 2019

Recommended Content:

Nursing in the Military Health System

National Nurses Week 2020

Video
5/5/2020
National Nurses Week 2020

Happy Nurses Week to all the Nurses who have served and continue to serve selflessly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Recommended Content:

Nursing in the Military Health System

Nurse-led research aims to improve battlefield medicine

Article
12/21/2020
Military nurses working on a simulated patient in a helicopter

[O]ne of their goals is to create novel solutions to optimize survival and functional recovery of burn casualties.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Research and Innovation | Nursing in the Military Health System | Readiness Capabilities

NMRTC Bremerton nurse follows father’s Naval footsteps

Article
12/7/2020
Medical personnel wearing a mask, sitting down

U.S. Navy Lt. Daria Seipeltyra said she knew two things from a very young age; she wanted to be a nurse, and she wanted to join the United States Navy.

Recommended Content:

Nursing in the Military Health System

Military nurses hold virtual research & evidence-based practice course

Article
10/30/2020
Two nurses, wearing masks, examining a mannequin

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, the three-day in-person course was abbreviated to a one-day virtual.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Public Health | Combat Support | Research and Innovation | Nursing in the Military Health System

Navy tele-health supports Guam civilian hospital during COVID-19

Article
10/19/2020
Woman sitting in front of several computer monitors

[T]his is the first-ever DoD tasking for telemedicine support in response to a request from civil authorities for aid.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Combat Support | Global Health Engagement | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Nursing in the Military Health System

NH Bremerton relies on experienced nurse to help new moms

Article
10/16/2020
Military personnel gives nurse an award

"Navy Medicine has taken me from novice to expert over a 20 year career..."

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Women's Health | Patient Safety | Nursing in the Military Health System

DHA encourages women leaders through Federal Women’s Program

Article
9/4/2020
Navy Rear Adm. Mary Riggs greets Army Maj. Angela Hinkson

What are the right tools for successful women leaders?

Recommended Content:

Women's Health | Nursing in the Military Health System

BAMC nurses: “It’s us against COVID”

Article
8/6/2020
Group of nurses at a hospital

With safety on the line, mistakes aren’t an option when it comes to PPE.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Coronavirus | Nursing in the Military Health System

Determined to Serve: Critical care nurse joins the Reserve at age 50

Article
7/22/2020
Two military healthcare workers wearing masks

The Air Force Reserve does indeed have a critical need for critical care nurses.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Coronavirus | Nursing in the Military Health System

Air Force medical recruiting up while recruiters, applicants serve their communities

Article
6/10/2020
Four  military nurses wearing masks

The pandemic is increasing unemployment rates, driving many people to seek career paths in health sciences and military medicine.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Nursing in the Military Health System

NNW Ceremony 2019

Video
5/5/2020
NNW Ceremony 2019

A recap of the National Nurses Week ceremony in 2019

Recommended Content:

Nursing in the Military Health System

National Nurses Week 2020

Video
5/5/2020
National Nurses Week 2020

Happy Nurses Week to all the Nurses who have served and continue to serve selflessly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Recommended Content:

Nursing in the Military Health System
<< < 1 2 3 > >> 
Showing results 31 - 41 Page 3 of 3

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.