Happy Memorial Day! What You Can Do As A Nurse Practitioner to Serve Our Country

Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you to all of those who have fought to protect us here in the United States and to their families who have supported them.  As a nurse practitioner, what can you do for your country?  There are some amazing careers available to nurse practitioners in the government sector both within the United States and internationally .

Working for the U.S. Department of State is personally my favorite government position available to nurse practitioners and one I hope to pursue myself in the future.  Nurse practitioners employed by the state department are placed all over the world.  Currently, the U.S. Department of State has nurse practitioners working in cities like Addis Ababa, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Guatemala City, Tel Aviv and Vienna.  What an adventure to go live in a new country for two years (and get paid $76,219-$111,930) while doing it.  Sign me up!

If you are not inclined to work internationally, or need more experience first (the Department of State requires four years of nurse practitioner experience), the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force all employ nurse practitioners locally (I was unable to find job similar postings for the marines). In these types of nurse practitioner careers you will likely work on a military base providing primary to care for military service members and their families.  These jobs have excellent benefits including loan repayment programs and great retirement benefits.  Some of these positions do not require work expereince as a nurse practitioner and therefore could be good options for new graduates. 

Good luck in your search.  If you have a career helping our country as a nurse practitioner, we would love to hear about what you do in the comments section below.  Happy Memorial Day!

For Information about careers with the U.S. Government, click on the links below:

U.S. Department of State: http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/hp

U.S. Army: http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs.html

U.S. Navy: http://www.navy.com/careers.html

U.S. Air Force: http://www.airforce.com/careers/

U.S. Marines: http://www.marines.com/becoming-a-marine

General Government Jobs Search Engine (does not include military positions): http://www.usajobs.gov/