The New Jersey National Guard was an all-male organization until January 1957, when two nurses, Captain Frances R. Comstock and 1st Lieutenant Lucille Valentino of Paterson were sworn in as members of the 114th Mobile Surgical Hospital.
Army Nurse Corps
Nurses are commissioned as Nurse Corps officers in the Army Medical Department (AMEDD). Nursing is a critical component of providing healthcare support in the identification and treatment of medical threat illnesses during conflicts, humanitarian missions, other contingency operations, and peacetime; and in the surveillance, reporting, and controlling of communicable diseases among Soldiers and host nation populations. Army nurses work in many clinical areas and their scope of practice contributes to the prevention of illness and promotion / maintenance of health. Army nurses participate in comprehensive community assessments in order to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs and to establish activities designed to promote, protect, and restore the health of service members, their families, and other affiliated members/groups with the military community. Nursing officers demonstrate and apply progressive and integrative levels of clinical, administrative, educational, and research knowledge and skills in their career development.
In addition to the standard benefits, the National Guard offers additional incentives for Nurse Corps officers:
* Graduates of non-accredited nursing programs may become eligible by completing an accredited nursing degree program in the U.S., District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a U.S. Territory.
For more information contact our AMEDD recruiter.