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Critical Care Nurse


Minimum Education Requirement:
bachelor's or master's degree in nursing from a school accredited by the NLN or CCNE


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Critical Care Nurse

Career Description

As an Air Force Critical Care Nurse, you'll face many challenges, some you've seen in the civilian world and some you'll only encounter in the military. Additionally, you'll be able to focus on practicing more medicine day to day than you ever imagined, and you could do it in many locations around the world. And you'll be an officer with all the respect and privileges attached to rank and carry your seniority with you wherever you work.

To learn more, please visit the Healthcare Professionals site.

Career Tasks

  • Manage complex critically ill and injured adults and children
  • Use state-of-the-art equipment on the ground and in the air and assist with transport of critically injured Airmen during a contingency
  • Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and basic life support (BLS) are required, while advanced education is encouraged throughout your career

Relevant Interests & Skills

You might like this career if you have interests in these areas:

  • Health and Medicine
  • Natural Science
  • Business, Operations and Administration

Becoming a Commissioned Officer

To ease your transition into the Air Force, you'll enter a five-week training regimen designed to educate you on the ways of both the military and military healthcare. You'll participate in physical conditioning five days a week, leadership training and classroom studies.