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Operating Room Nurse

Overview: An operating room allows minimal margin for error. Operating Room Nurses plan and coordinate all preoperative and postoperative nursing activities and patient care. They also are trained to respond immediately to all contingencies during surgical emergencies.

Position:  Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Prepare and maintain operating room for all surgical procedures and possible emergencies 
  • Respond to surgical emergency requirements such as cardiac, pulmonary or respiratory failure and hemorrhage 
  • Consult with surgeon to establish priorities of care for each patient 
  • Discuss procedures with patients and inform them of what to expect


  • Must be a graduate of 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 graduates of an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and do not have a BSN are not eligible for accession unless they also have a post-baccalaureate (master 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.