In the Air Force:
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN); Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner; Clinical Nurse, Emergency/Trauma; Clinical Nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit; Mental Health Nurse; Mental Health Service Craftsman; Mental Health Service Manager; Psychiatrist; Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry
In the Army:
Army Public Health Nurse; Behavioral Health Specialist; Critical Care Nursing; Emergency Nursing; Generalist Nurse; Medical Surgical Nurse; Nurse Corps Officer; Obstetrics and Gynecologic Nurse; Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse; Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner
In the Navy:
Behavioral Health Technician; Clinical Specialist, Nursing; Critical Care Nurse; Emergency/Trauma Nurse; Nurse Anesthetist; Perioperative Nurse; Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Professional Registered Nurse; Psychiatrist; SC - Nurse Corps - General
Registered nurses, or RNs, are the largest healthcare occupation for good reason; they give patients medical care, educate them about their health issues, and offer emotional support. These medical professionals observe and record their patients’ condition. They help perform diagnostic tests to make effective plans for patient care. Before patients head home from a treatment or procedure, RNs explain how to manage the illness or injury. A core part of medical teams, they consult with doctors and other health care professionals and may oversee the work of other nurses and assistants. Registered nurses work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, home health care services, and nursing homes. Some work in correctional facilities or schools, or serve in the military. Nurses may also have the opportunity to travel, as they are needed across the U.S. and around the world. Risks—such as back injuries from lifting patients or exposure to infectious diseases and chemicals—are part of the job. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays, and be on call in off-hours. There are three paths to become an RN: a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an associate’s degree, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. They must also be licensed. Some nurses earn a master’s or doctoral-level degree and work in management, research, or academic settings. Combining competence with compassion, nursing is a career that improves —and even saves— many lives.
What they do:
Assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with mental health or substance use disorders or the potential for such disorders. Apply therapeutic activities, including the prescription of medication, per state regulations, and the administration of psychotherapy.
On the job, you would:
Monitor patients' medication usage and results.
Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.
Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
therapy and counseling
medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
philosophy and religion
Education and Training
teaching and course design
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
reading work related information
understanding people's reactions
looking for ways to help people
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Invivo Data EPX ePRO Management System
Medical condition coding software
Zung Depression Rating Scale
master's degree or certificate after master's usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.