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Mental Health 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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Mental Health Nurse

Career Description

The men and women of the Air Force face challenges and stresses most civilians can't even imagine. That's why it's crucial to have top-notch Mental Health Nurses available to develop diagnoses and plans to aid in the continued health of Airmen around the world. Couple your expertise with your rank as an officer, and both your colleagues and patients will see you as a highly valued and respected member of the team.

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Career Tasks

  • Provide services to promote and maintain optimal mental health, manage mental and physical disorders and diagnose and treat human responses to actual or potential mental health problems
  • Work with individuals, families, groups and communities to assess mental health needs, develop diagnoses and plans and implement and evaluate nursing care
  • Monitor patients undergoing detoxification from alcohol and drugs and assist in planning, providing and evaluating comprehensive mental health services and support
  • Conduct and use nursing research to improve healthcare delivery
  • Manage inpatient care units, provide case management and work with members in the deployed setting

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.