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Mental Health Nurse

Overview: Service members and their families face unique pressures related to military life in addition to the normal daily stresses. Mental Health Nurses work with individuals, families, groups and communities to assess and provide all types of mental health services, including treatment of substance abuse.

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Design and implement programs that foster mental health, assess dysfunction and assist individuals to improve their coping ability and prevent further disability 
  • Monitor patients undergoing detoxification from alcohol or drugs 
  • Identify community resources and guide individuals and families in their use 
  • Provide leadership and clinical assistance to other nursing personnel


  • Must be a graduate a baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN) accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Registered nurses who are graduate of an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and do not have a BSN are not eligible for accession unless they also have a post-baccalaureate (masters or doctorate) degree in nursing that is also nationally accredited and recognized by the US Department of Education
  • Unrestricted license to practice (excludes temporary restrictions) 
  • Approval by the Chief Nurse


  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.