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Branch description. Provides the nursing care and services essential to the mission of the Army Medical Department. Responsi­ble for all facets of nursing relating to the planning, management, operation, control, coordination and evaluation of all nursing prac­tices. Responsible for the supervision, direction, education and training, evaluation and control of Army Nurse Corps officers, and civilian and enlisted personnel engaged in clinical nursing, nursing education, research and development, and administration. Makes recommendations concerning policies, programs and operations of health care activities.

Branch qualification. AR 135-100, AR 135-101, AR 601-100, and applicable ANC circulars in the DA Circular 601-FY-X series list qualifications for entry in this branch.

c. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse (66C).

Description of duties. Provides specialized nursing services for emotionally distressed individuals and promotes mental health within the medical treatment facility and the adjacent military community. Performs liaison and consultative functions to ensure conti­nuity of patient care.

Special qualifications. Must be able to perform duties described above and

(a) Have completed an AOC qualifying course in psychiatric nursing or 1 year developmental experience in psychiatric nursing.

(b) Be a graduate of an accredited nursing program acceptable to DA and hold current state license to practice nursing.

Special grading of positions. Two Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist) positions in the Medical Company, Combat Stress Control, and one position in the Medical Detach­ment, Combat Stress Control, will be graded MAJ; other Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse positions in the Combat Stress Control units will be graded CPT.

Unique duty positions.

(a) Clinical Staff Nurse, Psychiatric/Mental Health.

(b) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric/Mental Health.

(c) Clinical Head Nurse, Psychiatric/Mental Health.

(d) Chief, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Section.

Operating Room Nurse (66E).

Description of duties. Performs specialized professional nursing duties in any phase of the operative process for patients under-going all types of surgery and provides safe supplies and equipment for operative services.

Special qualifications.

(a) Must have completed an AOC qualifying course in operating room nursing or one year of supervised experience in operating room nursing.

(b) Be a graduate of an accredited nursing program acceptable to DA and hold current state license to practice nursing.

Special grading of positions. In Forward Surgical Team, positions will be graded CPT.

Unique duty positions.

(a) Clinical Nurse, Operating Room.

(b) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Operating Room.

(c) Clinical Head Nurse, Operating Room.

(d) Chief, Operating Room Nursing Section.

Nurse Anesthetist (66F).

Description of duties. Performs professional nursing duties of a specialized nature in the care of patients requiring general or regional anesthesia, respiratory care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and/or fluid therapy. General or regional anesthesia for surgical, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures; respiratory care, cardiopulmo­nary resuscitation, and/or fluid therapy.

Special qualifications.

(a) Must have successfully completed an approved course in anesthesiology for nurses accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Council on Accreditation and be certified as a registered nurse anesthetist by the AANA Council on Certification. Certification as related to clinical proficiency must be continuous and authenticated every 2 years as specified by the Council on Recertification.

(b) Be a graduate of an accredited nursing program acceptable to DA and hold current state license to practice nursing.

Special grading of positions.

(a) In Surgical Squad, Hq & Co A, Med Bn, Air Assault Div, (CPT).

(b) In Forward Surgical Team, positions will be graded CPT.

Unique duty positions.

(a) Clinical Staff Nurse, Anesthetist.

(b) Chief, Anesthesiology Nursing Section.

(c) Instructor, Anesthesiology Nursing.

Medical-Surgical Nurse (66H).

Description of duties. Provides professional nursing care and health promotion in military health treatment organizations and in the broader military community. Responsibilities may span ambulatory, medical-surgical, emergency, and critical care nursing.

Special qualifications.

(a) Be a graduate of an accredited nursing program acceptable to DA and hold a current state license to practice nursing.

(b) Be a graduate of an accredited nursing program acceptable to DA and hold a current state license to practice nursing.

Special grading of positions.

(a) Forward Surgical Team, positions associated with SI 8A will be graded MAJ. Other Medical-Surgical Nurse positions will be graded CPT.

(b) Medical Detachment, Minimal Care, Commander will be graded MAJ.

Unique duty positions.

(a) Clinical Staff Nurse, Medicine-Surgical Nursing.

(b) Clinical Nurse Specialist.

(c) Adult Ambulatory Care Nurse Practitioner.

(d) Family Nurse Practitioner.

(e) Clinical Head Nurse, Medical-Surgical Nursing.

(f) Chief, Medical-Surgical Nursing.

Generalist Nurse (66N).

Description of duties. The AOC 66N is a duty position only and is considered AN specialty immaterial. A Nurse Corps officer assigned to this duty AOC functions in a variety of staff positions through the Army Medical Department as stated in the paragraph about unique duty positions below.

Special qualifications. Must have been awarded a primary AOC (66C, 66E, 66F or 66H). Must maintain clinical proficiency in their AOC.

Special grading of positions. None.

Unique duty positions.

(a) USAREC/ROTC Counselors.

(b) PERSCOM ANC Staff.

(c) DEMIS.

(d) AMEDD Center & School, Teaching Positions.

(e) Ch, Nursing Education and Staff Development.

(f) Quality Assurance Officers.

(g) Nursing Research Officers.

(h) Ch, Clinical Nursing Service.

(i) OTSG Staff.

(j) MACOM/MEDCOM Headquarters Staff.

(k) DOD AN Staff Officers.

(l) ARPERCOM Staff Officers.

(m) Infection Control Officers.

(n) Special Projects Officers.

(o) Ch, Nurse Admin Evenings/Nights.

(p) Ch, Department of Nursing.

(q) Ch, Amb Nursing Service.

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Above information derived from Army Pamplet Manual 611-21

 

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