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AFSC 46A4, Staff
AFSC 46A3, Qualified
AFSC 46A1, Entry

Specialty Summary. Plans, organizes, executes, and directs nursing care practices and activities of medical treatment facilities (MTF). Serves as staff officer. Related DoD Occupational Group: 6E.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Directs nursing service activities. Plans, initiates, and directs execution of nursing activities. Evaluates qualification and maintains functional control of Air Force Nurse Corps officers, civilian nurses, and ancillary nursing personnel in establishing and maintaining optimum standards of nursing care for patients. Advises MTF commander on nursing matters, and interprets and directs implementation of commander’s nursing policy.. Plans and directs assignment and training of professional and nonprofessional nursing personnel. Provides staff development programs for all levels of nursing personnel. Supports and coordinates with those responsible for educational programs for other than assigned nursing personnel in the MTF. Evaluates performance of nursing service personnel, nursing activities, and standards of nursing care and nursing practices. Facilitates and participates in nursing research. Makes recommendation to commander on administrative matters concerning Nurse Corps officers and other nursing service personnel.

Performs staff officer duties. Serves as advisor to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF, or command surgeon on matters pertaining to nursing. Reviews, recommends changes, and assists in developing regulations, procedures, equipment lists, guides, manuals, and other matters pertaining to nursing or related areas such as managed care, population health, prevention, or clinical informatics. Participates or assists in developing and implementing command programs and technical inspections. Participates in studies, consultative visits, and evaluative surveys within the range of Air Force Medical Service activities. Represents nursing interests, concerns, and support in health care planning, training, and research.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: Air Force contingency plans, objectives, principles, and methods; nursing service management principles; and nursing service practices.

Education. The following education requirements are mandatory for entry into this specialty.

Graduation from an accredited school of nursing acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF.

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in nursing, management, social or behavioral sciences, or education.

Training. None.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

46A4. A minimum of 7 years’ nursing experience which has provided opportunities to refine competencies in nursing practice and to apply leadership principles.

46A3. A minimum of 12 months of demonstrated proficiency as a nurse administrator.

Other. None.

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Above Information Derived from AFMAN 36-2105


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