This career map provides a standardized framework and career enhancing information to individuals and managers for the professional development of the Army Civilian Corps. The map serves as the professional blueprint
Civilian Career Map for your successful civil service career while providing information and guidance for advancement.
Career Program: CP 53 - Medical
Career Series: 0610 Registered Nurse (Medical/Surgical)
Qualifying for a Career OPM Qualification Standards
Series Description General Schedule General Schedule General Schedule General Schedule General Schedule General Schedule
0610 Description DB 2 DB 2 DB 2/3 DB 3/4 DB 4 DB 4/5
NH 1/2 NH 2 NH 2 NH 3 NH 3 NH 4
GS 4-9 GS 10 GS 11 GS 12 GS 13 GS 14/15
Supervisory/Nonsupervisory Supervisory/Nonsupervisory Supervisory/Nonsupervisory Supervisory/Nonsupervisory
Key Assignments/Key Location: Locations: Locations: Locations: Locations: Locations:
Billets N/A N/A
Medical Center Medical Center Medical Center Medical Center
Medical Activities Medical Activities Medical Activities
Positions: Positions: Positions: Positions: Positions: Positions:
Developmental Level Clinical Level I Leader/Expert Level Leader/Expert Level II N/A N/A
Clinical Nurse Clinical Level II Leader/Expert Level I
Clinical Level I Clinical Level II
Leadership Accountability Accountability Accountability Accountability
Competencies Administration and Management Administration and Management Administration and Management Administration and Management
Business Acumen Business Acumen Business Acumen Business Acumen
Conflict Management Conflict Management Conflict Management Conflict Management
Creativity and Innovation Creativity and Innovation Creativity and Innovation Creativity and Innovation
Decisiveness Decisiveness Decisiveness Decisiveness
Financial Management Financial Management Financial Management Financial Management
Human Resources Management Human Resources Management Human Resources Management Human Resources Management
Influencing and Negotiating Influencing and Negotiating Influencing and Negotiating Influencing and Negotiating
Labor Relations Labor Relations Labor Relations Labor Relations
Leveraging Diversity and Cultural Leveraging Diversity and Cultural Leveraging Diversity and Cultural Leveraging Diversity and Cultural
Awareness Awareness Awareness Awareness
Management Functions Management Functions Management Functions Management Functions
Mentoring Mentoring Mentoring Mentoring
Political Savvy Political Savvy Political Savvy Political Savvy
Public Safety and Security Public Safety and Security Public Safety and Security Public Safety and Security
Resource Requirements Resource Requirements Resource Requirements Resource Requirements
Strategic Thinking Strategic Thinking Strategic Thinking Strategic Thinking
Supervisory functions Supervisory functions Supervisory functions Supervisory functions
Team Building Team Building Team Building Team Building
Technology Management Technology Management Technology Management Technology Management
Vision Vision Vision Vision
Alternative Care Procedures Alternative Care Procedures Alternative Care Procedures Alternative Care Procedures
Functional Competencies Basic interviewing and Basic interviewing and Basic interviewing and Basic interviewing and
communication techniques communication techniques communication techniques communication techniques
Consultation with doctors and Consultation with doctors and Consultation with doctors and Consultation with doctors and
patients patients patients patients
Critical evaluation of research Critical evaluation of research Critical evaluation of research Critical evaluation of research
Diagnosis Diagnosis Diagnosis Diagnosis
Education Education Education Education
Ethics Ethics Ethics Ethics
Health Care Management Health Care Management Health Care Management Health Care Management
Health Care Practices Health Care Practices Health Care Practices Health Care Practices
Legal Princples applied to nursing Legal Princples applied to nursing Legal Princples applied to nursing Legal Princples applied to nursing
Medicine and Dentistry Medicine and Dentistry Medicine and Dentistry Medicine and Dentistry
Nursing Nursing Nursing Nursing
Patient Advocacy Patient Advocacy Patient Advocacy Patient Advocacy
Patient Instruction Patient Instruction Patient Instruction Patient Instruction
Pediatrics Pediatrics Pediatrics Pediatrics
Psychology Psychology Psychology Psychology
Review laboratory findings Review laboratory findings Review laboratory findings Review laboratory findings
Technical Credibility Technical Credibility Technical Credibility Technical Credibility
Biology Biology Biology Biology
Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry
Medical/Surgical Care Medical/Surgical Care Medical/Surgical Care Medical/Surgical Care
Medical/Surgical Management Medical/Surgical Management Medical/Surgical Management Medical/Surgical Management
Core Competencies Computers Computers Computers Computers
Continual Learning Continual Learning Continual Learning Continual Learning
Customer and Personal Service Customer and Personal Service Customer and Personal Service Customer and Personal Service
Customer Service Customer Service Customer Service Customer Service
Communication Communication Communication Communication
External Awareness External Awareness External Awareness External Awareness
Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility
Integrity and Honesty Integrity and Honesty Integrity and Honesty Integrity and Honesty
Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal Skills
Judgement Judgement Judgement Judgement
Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics
Oral Communication Oral Communication Oral Communication Oral Communication
Organization Organization Organization Organization
Partnering Partnering Partnering Partnering
Problem Solving Problem Solving Problem Solving Problem Solving
Public Service Motivation Public Service Motivation Public Service Motivation Public Service Motivation
Resilience Resilience Resilience Resilience
Writing Writing Writing Writing
Written Communication Written Communication Written Communication Written Communication
Leader Development Foundation Course Foundation Course Foundation Course Foundation Course
Action Officer Development Course Action Officer Development Course Action Officer Development Course Action Officer Development Course
Supervisor Development Course Supervisor Development Course Supervisor Development Course Supervisor Development Course
Basic Course (DL only) Basic Course Basic Course Basic Course
Intermediate Course (DL only) Intermediate Course (DL only) Intermediate Course Intermediate Course
Manager Development Course Manager Development Course Manager Development Course Manager Development Course
DoD Civilian Emerging Leader DoD Civilian Emerging Leader DoD Civilian Emerging Leader
Program Program Program Advanced Course (DL only)
DoD Civilian Emerging Leader
Professional Computer Literacy Computer Literacy Computer Literacy Computer Literacy
Development Speaking Strategies Public Speaking Public Speaking Public Speaking
Speaking Strategies Speaking Strategies Budget/Resource Mgt
Information Resource Mgt
Occupational / Functional Preceptorship Training Preceptorship Training Risk Management Civilian Residency Program
Training Risk Management Risk Management Infection Control Risk Management
Infection Control Infection Control Case Management Infection Control
Case Management Case Management Pharmacology Math Case Management
Pharmacology Math Pharmacology Math Quality Improvement Pharmacology Math
Quality Improvement Quality Improvement Charge Nurse Quality Improvement
Nursing Informatics Nursing Informatics Advanced Cardiac Life Support Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Charge Nurse Preceptorship Training
Preceptorship Training Bloodborne Pathogens Bloodborne Pathogens
Bloodborne Pathogens Bloodborne Pathogens Nursing Informatics Clinical Nurse Leader Development
Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced
Practice Practice Practice Practice
Health Care Ethics I Health Care Ethics I Health Care Ethics I Nursing Informatics
Health Care Ethics II Health Care Ethics II Health Care Ethics II Health Care Ethics I
Discharge Planning Discharge Planning Discharge Planning Health Care Ethics II
Academic Training ASN ASN ASN Nurse Specialty Training
BSN BSN BSN Nursing Theory
MSW/MSN MSW/MSN MSW/MSN MSW/MSN
USA Baylor Program DNP/PhD
DNP/PhD USA Baylor Program
Certifications Registered Nurse (License) Registered Nurse (License) Registered Nurse (License) Registered Nurse (License)
Specialty Certification Specialty Certification Specialty Certification Specialty Certification
BLS (Clinical Positions ) BLS (Clinical Positions ) BLS (Clinical Positions ) BLS (Clinical Positions )
ACLS (Specialty Positions) ACLS (Specialty Positions) ACLS (Specialty Positions) ACLS (Specialty Positions)
PALS PALS PALS PALS
NRP NRP NRP NRP
CMSRN CMSRN Nurse Manager and Leader Nurse Manager and Leader
CHES CMSRN CMSRN
Mandatory Training Mandatory Training for DA Civilians
Learning Resources ACTEDS Training Catalog Army Civilian Education Courses Army Distributed Learning
Army-e-Learning - SkillPort AMEDD Virtual Lbrary Army Management Staff College
ATIA ACCP "My Courses" The Textbooks of Military Medicine Defense Medical Readiness Institute
Smart Books Mosby's Nursing Skills
Career Guides / AMEDD Civilian Corps Chief Civilian Career Management - AR 690-950 Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service
Civilian Life Long Learning (CAC Required) Civilian Personnel Career Management U.S. Department of Defense
Civilian Education System Total Army Performance Evaluation System Office of Personnel Management
CP 53 Training Prerequisites Training and Career Development Program Army Nursing Team Creed
CP 53 ACTEDS Plans Civilian Personnel Administrative Publication Civilian Corps Creed
Multi-dimensional feedback AR 40-68 Clinical Quality
Army Civilian Handbook (MSAF360) AR 350-1 Management
Career Links Army Civilian Service
The Army Civilian Human Resources Agency
Army Nurse Corps
Army Benefits Center - Civilian
Army Civilian Personnel On-line Portal
Professional American Organization of Nurse Executives National League for Nursing American Board of Nursing Specialties
American Nurses Association American Health Care Association Nursing Certification Guide
American Society of Registered Nurses AMSUS - The Society of Federal Health Professionals American Organization of Nurse Executives
American Nurse Today American Medical Association American Board for Occupational Health Nurses
Association of the US Army The Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Soldier Magazine AMEDD Journal American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association
American Board of Nursing Certification
American Board for Occupational Health Nurses
Miscellaneous Links Army Management Staff College Army Medicine
Army Civilian Employment Army Medical Command Career Opportunities
All Federal Vacancies AMEDD Civilian Corps Chief
Feds Hire Vets AMEDD Civilian Education System
US Office of Personnel Management AMEDD Center & School
OPM Salary Charts US Army Aeromedical Center
DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce U.S. Department of State
Army Knowledge Online U.S. Department of Defense
0610 Registered Nurse
Clinical Nurse (Entry)
Clinical Level I
Clinical Level II
Leader/Expert Level I
Leader/Expert Level II
Supervisory Nurse Administrator
Chief, Clinical Operations
This series includes positions that require a professional knowledge of nursing. Positions involve
providing care to patients in hospitals, clinics, occupational health units, homes, schools and
communities; administering anesthetic agents and supportive treatments to patients undergoing
surgery or other medical procedures; promoting better health practices; teaching; performing research
in one or more phases of the field of nursing; or consulting and advising nurses who provide direct
care to patients. A Registered Nurse is specifically prepared in the scientific basis of nursing; is a
graduate of an accredited school of nursing; and possesses a license to practice as an RN in a State,
Commonwealth, territory, or jurisdiction.
Meets basic Registered Nurse requirements. Completes preceptor training. Performs developmental
assignments under closer than normal supervision. Assignments become progressively more difficult
until the next performance level of GS-07 is reached.
Employee has the basic education for professional nursing, with limited or no practical experience.
Emphasis is placed on training to gain experience necessary for skill development, to learn clinical
protocol to guide actions, and to experience clinical care situations.
The fundamental training focus is on increasing the depth and breadth of their technical competence,
while enhancing and strengthening their leadership and human relations skills. These assignments
should provide a wide spectrum of treatment modalities ranging from assessing and treating minor
health problems to treating severely injured patients, while being afforded the opportunity to exercise
some leadership skills through special assignments and projects. Army supervisory development
courses, graduate study, speaking and writing activities, and active participation in professional group
activities are encouraged.
Emphasis is placed on training in the supervisory aspects of clinical nursing. This employee is
expected to be competent in most all areas of nursing practice in order to develop greater expertise in
positions of increasing complexity. This employee must be aware of the new concepts and changes
in nursing, training, employee development, and executive development. This employee is
encouraged to participate in Army Competitive Training Courses, graduate study, speaking and writing
activities, temporary duty assignments, rotation through developmental assignments, crossing
functional lines while dealing with managerial operations (e.g., program planning, evaluation,
manpower, budget, etc.), and participation in professional group activities.
Executive level nurses maintain accountability for patient care services across the healthcare
continuum. This positions nurse executives as members of the senior leadership team. The key roles
of nurse executives include facilitating the design of patient care delivery; advancing the discipline of
nursing; building relationships and connections with staff and colleagues; and fostering stewardship.
Upon employment, the Nurse will be paired up with a preceptor to facilitate the transition of new
graduates (with less than six months experience) into practicing nursing in a military environment. The
length of the Preceptorship Program is a minimum of 10 weeks (in Accelerated Nurse Training
Program [5-7-9]will advance a grade at 6 mos intervals to 2 grades within 12-18 mos) and can be
expanded if an individual requires additional training time. After completing the preceptorship, a
Clinical Staff Nurse will usually spend one year on a general medical--surgical ward to hone their
clinical and time management skills, gain a greater understanding of the military healthcare system
and develop their interests in specialty areas of the nursing profession. They will be members of
treatment teams and primarily be responsible for direct hands-on patient care. During the first year,
the nurse develops the required foundation of techniques and knowledge that will guide them and be
developed upon throughout their career.
As a Clinical Level I Nurse, the key positions are Clinical Nurse and Staff Nurse. Nurse works under
close supervision and works in a developmental capacity performing assignments and completing
training, both of which are aimed in preparing the incumbent to gain the knowledge and skills
necessary to perform the duties at the next higher grade. The incumbent receives progressively more
responsible assignments as experience and training are received. Can be a charge nurse, depending
on setting and individual nurse capabilities.
As a Clinical Level II Nurse, key positions include: Assistant Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge (OIC);
Charge Nurse; Team Leader; Staff Nurse. Additional duties may include: unit or clinic level preceptor,
safety officer, Quality Improvement (QI) monitoring, and educator. Performs a wide variety of nursing
functions in an outpatient clinic setting, requiring broad knowledge of nursing specialties, to include,
but not limited to: Hematology/Oncology, gastroenterology, cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology,
and pulmonary. Assesses health care needs of beneficiaries. Triage patients, eliciting needed
information utilizing the nursing process to determine nature and urgency of health problem.
Responsible for provision of professional nursing care, coordination of clinical components of unit
operation, and possible technical supervision of 1 to 5 professional assistant staff.
As a Level I Leader/Expert Nurse, key positions include: Clinical Nurse Officer In Charge (OIC of a
smaller, less complex facility; Staff Nurse with specialty certification; Instructor at Phase II of the
Practical Nurse Course Program. Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) certifications and staff
areas are: Occupational Health Nurse; Pediatric Nurse; Community Health Nurse; Psychiatric Nurse,
Operating Room Nurse; Nurse Practitioner; Emergency Room Nurse; Certified Nurse Midwife;
Hematology-Oncology Nurse; Dialysis Nurse Specialist; Infection Control Nurse; Nurse Educator;
Nurse Case/Outcomes Manager; Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
As a Level II Leader/Expert Nurse, key positions include: Clinical Nurse OIC for a larger, more
complex facility; Clinical Nurse Specialist in the specialty areas of nursing. Additional specialty
positions include: Quality Improvement; Nurse Method Analyst; Assistant Course Director; Reesearch
Nurse; Informatics Nurse; Wound Care/Ostomy Nurse.
Supervisory Nurses lead clinical units and perform duties in key positions such as: Clinical Nurse OIC;
Chief of Nursing Research; Health Promotion Manager; Section Chief/Director; Course Director;
Supervisor of Managed Care; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Supervisor.
As a GS 14 Chief of Clinical Operations, provides leadership and direction over the strategic planning,
development and execution of clinical operations for a small medical treatment facility or health clinic.
Integrates standardized clinical models for all MTF clinics. From a systems perspective, creates a
solid base of clinical leadership (knowledge, skills and abilities) preparing junior nurses for future
senior management roles
As a GS 14/15 Nurse Administrator, key positions include: Chief of Nursing Operations; Chief of
Clinical Operations; Clinical Investigations Officer; and Department Chief.
L Administration and Management
F Alternative Care Procedures
F Basic interviewing and communication
L Business Acumen
L Conflict Management
F Consultation with doctors and patients
C Continual Learning
L Creativity and Innovation
F Critical evaluation of research
C Customer and Personal Service
C Customer Service
C External Awareness
L Financial Management
F Health Care Management
F Health Care Practices
L Human Resources Management
L Influencing and Negotiating
C Integrity and Honesty
C Interpersonal Skills
L Labor Relations
F Legal Princples applied to nursing
L Leveraging Diversity and Cultural
L Management Functions
F Medicine and Dentistry
C Oral Communication
F Patient Advocacy
F Patient Instruction
L Political Savvy
C Problem Solving
L Public Safety and Security
C Public Service Motivation
L Resource Requirements
F Review laboratory findings
L Strategic Thinking
L Supervisory functions
L Team Building
F Technical Credibility
L Technology Management
C Written Communication
F Medical/Surgical Care
F Medical/Surgical Management
Assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the
organization. Holds self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities. Can be relied upon to
ensure that projects within areas of specific responsibility are completed in a timely manner and within
budget. Monitors and evaluates plans, focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes.
Knowledge of planning, coordination, and execution of business functions, resource allocation, and
Knowledge of the procedures to refer clients to alternative resources as appropriate and the ability to
make such referrals in order to ensure the optimal level of care to patients.
Skill in basic interviewing and communication techniques in order to formulate an accurate
assessment of the patient's condition and needs.
Has an intuitive and applicable understanding of the business and the interrelationships enabling a
person to make better business decisions.
Ability to use computer programs in order to accomplish data entry, retrieval, and management.
Identifies and takes steps to prevent potential situations that could result in unpleasant confrontations.
Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a positive and constructive manner to minimize
Ability to seek consultation in complex, multifaceted patient health problems in order to promote
integrated continuous care.
Grasps the essence of new information. Masters new technical and business knowledge. Recognizes
own strengths and weaknesses and pursues self-development. Seeks feedback from others and
opportunities to master new knowledge.
Develops new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to make organizational
improvements. Creates a work environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation.
Designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes.
Ability to critically evaluate research studies and apply findings to practiced discipline in order to
incorporate/disseminate relevant results (evidence-based practice).
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes
customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer
Balances interests of a variety of clients and readily readjusts priorities to respond to pressing and
changing client demands. Anticipates and meets the need of clients and achieves quality end-
products. Is committed to continuous improvement of services.
Makes sound and well-informed decisions. Perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
commits to action, even in uncertain situations, in order to accomplish organizational goals.
Ability to formulate a nursing diagnosis based on the nursing assessment, in order to develop a plan
of care to meet defined patient needs in concert with other health care disciplines, and
Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs designed for the
educational needs of patients and staff in order to enhance education and wellness.
Ability to apply the principles of teaching to patients, patient's sponsors, and patients support groups
in order to provide information, evaluate understanding, and enhance adherence.
Ability to maintain a current knowledge regarding new nursing principles and technology in order to
maintain competence and certification by attending continuing education and professional
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for
individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language. Includes grammar, vocabulary, diction, idioms, syntax, composition, spelling,
punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, compound words, prefixes, suffixes, and sentence
Knowledge of ethical theories and principles in order to protect patient rights and confidentiality.
Ability to identify professional liability and malpractice issues relating to access of records, Nurse
Practice Acts, and the Nursing Code of Ethics in order to ensure adherence within legal
Identifies and keeps up-to-date on economic, political, and social trends which affect key agency
policies/priorities. Understands where the organization is headed and how to make a contribution.
Understands the principles of financial management and marketing expertise necessary to ensure
appropriate funding levels. Prepares, justifies, and or administers the budget for the program area.
Uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities. Monitors expenditures in support of programs and policies.
Identifies cost-effective approaches. Manages procurement and contracting.
Is open to change and new information. Adapts behavior and work methods in response to new
information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. Adjusts rapidly to new situations
warranting attention and resolution.
Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of health care management in order to promote
the best outcomes for the health of the patient.
Knowledge of cultural variables in health practices, in order to determine their impact on health and
wellness, and the ability to accommodate such variables in developing a plan of care.
Assesses current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals and budget realities. Using
merit principles, ensures staff is appropriately selected, developed, utilized, appraised and rewarded;
takes corrective action.
Persuades others and develops networks and coalitions. Gains cooperation from others to obtain
information and accomplish goals. Negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions and builds
consensus through give and take.
Instills mutual trust and confidence and creates a culture that fosters high standards of ethics.
Behaves in a fair and ethical manner toward others and demonstrates a sense of corporate
responsibility and commitment to public service.
Considers and responds appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of different people in
different situations. Is tactful, compassionate and sensitive, and treats others with respect.
Ability to make independent nursing judgements appropriate to the practiced discipline in order to
provide appropriate nursing care.
Labor Relations. Procedures pertinent to non-government union contract labor (for example,
International Longshoreman Association contracts).
Knowledge of legal aspects regarding nursing and the provision of nursing care in order to protect
the patient, the nurse, and the employer.
Leads and manages an inclusive workplace that maximizes the talents of each person to achieve
sound business results. Respects, understands, values and seeks out individual differences to
achieve the vision and mission of the organization. Develops and uses measures and rewards to hold
self and others accountable for achieving results that embody the principles of diversity.
Knowledge of personnel management functions and responsibilities, management theories, nursing
management principles, and general leadership styles in order to execute responsibilities.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive
Ability to serve as a mentor in order to provide relevant information and enhance role performance.
Comprehension of Medical Terminology - Complete understanding of medical terms and medical
occupational areas in order to effectively communicate with other medical personnel and effectively
advocate for customers / clients; to ensure continuity of care.
Ability to complete a thorough nursing assessment and health history to include physiological and
psychosocial aspects in order to implement, evaluate, and monitor an effective nursing care program.
Knowledge of nursing techniques in personal, therapeutic, preventive, and rehabilitative care in order
to develop effective individualized plans of care.
Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups. Listens effectively and
clarifies information as needed. Facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters atmosphere of
Knowledge of organizational structure, policies and procedures, communication systems, and
reporting procedures in order to ensure effective coordination of information.
Develops networks and builds alliances, engages in cross-functional activities. Collaborates across
boundaries, and finds common ground with a widening range of stakeholders. Utilizes contacts to
build and strengthen internal support bases.
Ability to function as a health care advocate for individuals, families, and communities in order to
provide support to the patient.
Skill in providing instructions to clients, families, and other health care providers in order to meet the
patient's health care needs.
Knowledge of normal growth and development patterns of patients from infants to geriatric in order to
recognize deviations from normal.
Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Approaches each
problem situation with a clear perception of organizational and political reality, recognizes the impact
of alternative courses of action.
Identifies and analyzes problems; uses sound reasoning to arrive at conclusions. Finds alternative
solutions to complex problems. Distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make
Knowledge of human behavior and performance in various contexts, mental processes, or the
assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local,
state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns
organziational objectives and practices with public interests.
Deals effectively with pressure and maintains focus and intensity and remains optimistic and
persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks. Effectively balances personal life
The interrelationship between resource requirements (for example, manpower, dollars, materiel) and
programming in support of mission accomplishment.
Knowledge and Ability to review, interpret, & appropriately refer diagnostic and consultative findings.
Formulates effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the
organization in a global economy. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term
perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities. Anticipates potential threats or opportunities.
Ability to develop job descriptions, performance plans, and performance evaluations in order to
accomplish supervisory duties.
Inspires, motivates, and guides others toward goal accomplishments. Consistently develops and
sustains cooperative working relationships. Encourages and facilitates cooperation within the
organization and with customer groups. Fosters commitment, team spirit, pride, trust. Develops
leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, rewarding and guiding employees.
Ability to understand the group process in establishing goals and objectives in order to provide
guidance and direction.
Executes procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.
Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve
program effectiveness. Develop strategies using new technology to enhance decision making.
Understands the impact of technological change on the organization.
Takes a long-term view and acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Builds a shared vision with
others and influences others to translate vision into action.
Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas,
information, and messages in writing.
Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing and organized manner.
Knowledge of the environment, plant and animal living tissue, cells, organisms, and entities, including
their functions, interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of chemicals, including hazardous materials, and their uses, interactions, dangers,
production, and disposal.
1) Knowledge and ability to transfer principles of nursing care practice into actual assessment of
assigned patients in order to manifest a high level of expertise, autonomy, and independent judgment
in diagnosis and treatment of common or complex human responses.
2) Knowledge and ability to demonstrate understanding of pathophysiology of complex medical and/or
surgical disorders by recognizing abnormal vital signs and other symptoms outside of normal range,
including hemodynamic instability, for assigned patients in order to recognize normal and unusual
reactions to ability to demonstrate the use of the five rights (right patient, right drug, right dose, right
3) Skill and treatment plans, modalities, and providers.
time, right route), in order to ensure accurate medication administration and assess intended results.
4) Knowledge and ability to administer medications, sufficient to pass the National League for Nursing
(NLN) Medication Exam, or equivalent, in order to maintain competence.
5) Knowledge of pain management clinical practice guidelines (assessment, intervention, evaluation,
education, and reassessment) to ensure patients receive effective pain management.
6) Knowledge to identify the process of normal pain transmission in order to adequately control pain
and keep patient as comfortable as possible.
7) Ability to teach patients other pain relieving techniques.
8) Knowledge and ability to coordinate and provide emergency measures to sustain life in the patient
experiencing distress or who has experienced cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, seizures, shock, or
9) Knowledge to recognize early warning signs of a patient who is becoming hemodynamically
unstable in order to facilitate prompt diagnosis and treatment.
10) Knowledge and ability to contribute to formulation of an interdisciplinary, individualized plan of
care that is systemic, organized, non-biased and legible, for each patient’s unique needs in order to
optimize patient outcomes.
11) Ability to transcribe and follow health care provider orders in order to implement and improve care
12) Knowledge to follow health care provider’s orders and to clarify those orders that are unclear or
appear inaccurate for the patient in order to alert the health care provider to possible complications
and to protect the patient.
13) Knowledge to follow health care provider’s orders and to clarify those orders that are unclear or
appear inaccurate for the patient in order to alert the health care provider to possible complications
and to protect the patient.
14) Ability to interpret special screening, developmental tests, and lab findings, etc., in order to identify
problems and plan nursing care and interventions.
15) Knowledge and ability to demonstrate integration of standard precautions with daily patient care in
order to prevent infection.
16) Ability to integrate principles of infection control into practice in order to protect the patient, the
healthcare workers, and the community.
17) Skill in using equipment, as needed, in a safe and appropriate manner in order to promote
maximal patient safety.
18) Skill to conduct equipment troubleshooting, recognize and report malfunction of equipment, and
remove from service in order to ensure safe operation of equipment.
Knowledge of quality assurance, performance improvement, risk management, workload and staff
hours capture, and medical-legal and ethics requirements in order to avoid potential harm to patient
and negative legal action
Type Course Description
F Preceptorship Training. An opportunity for students to apply concepts and techniques, and
to develop attitudes, value,s and an individual approach to patient care in accordance with
professional and Army standards. Preceptors provide specific responsibilities that
correspond to the student’s abilities and program objectives. The goal of this training is to
transition from civilian nursing to the Army Health Care Team
environment is as smooth as possible. This training is locally provided.
PD Computer Literacy Training/Computer Courses. Literacy training provides an introduction
to an understanding of automated systems in word processing and data management.
Computer Courses provide an introduction to computer programs such as the Internet,
Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and courses to support specific applications as
MT Basic Life Support (BLS) Course. Provides certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR), an annual requirement provided by the local command..
F Risk Management. Provides insights and addresses issues related to practice
F Infection Control: Tuberculosis (TB)/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Training.
Provides information on TB and HIV patient management to ensure compliance with
OSHA health and safety requirements. (Source: Local Installation/SWANK/Professional
F Tuberculosis Training. Provides information on tuberculosis patient management. The
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides two training options:
F Case Management. Provides an introduction to the principles and practice of case
A Nursing Theory for Advanced Practice. Provides information about the theoretical
frameworks that guide practice of the advanced practitioner of community based health
care delivery. This is a university-provided program.
F Clinical Nurse OIC Leader Development. Course instruction is presented through subject
matter experts utilizing lectures, conferences, small group exercises and video
teleconferencing. Major areas of instruction are the five learning domains established by
the American Organization of Nurse Executives: Communication and Relationship
Management, Knowledge of Healthcare Environment, Leadership, Professionalism, and
F The AMEDD Advanced Nurse Leadership Course is a multiphase course with Phase 1
being Distance Learning (DL), utilizing 18 modules of the Joint Medical Executive Skills
Institute (JMESI) to deliver competencies needed by senior leaders. Phase 2 is conducted
in a Video Tele Training (VTT) format over a five day period covering major areas of
instruction of both phases to include leadership, management, productivity, organizational
structure, utilization of resources, and decision making.
PD Public Speaking, Briefings, and Presentations. Provides instruction in communication
principles as well as the basic principles of business presentations. Covers how to plan
presentations and provides guidance on choosing the right physical location and learning
environment. Techniques of presentations include presentations to inform or persuade,
Q&A techniques, and technical presentations. Students will be provided the opportunity to
practice the different presentations and to critique their own performance on video.
PD Speaking Strategies: Confident Public Speaking. This one hours distance learning course
provides basic instruction in public speaking.
F Pharmacology Math for Practical Nurse. Basic math skills (addition, subtraction,
multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratio and proportion);
systems of measurement; computing medication dosages; computing intravenous infusion
rates; and basic dose calculations.
PD Budget Preparation/Resource Management. Presents the basic strategies of establishing
a budget and assigning the resources required to reach objectives. Specific areas
investigated are: obligated and non-obligated funds, mid-year and end of the year review.
Course is provided locally.
PD Preparing Publications, Research Methodology, and Data Analysis. Presents methods
required for preparation of research for publication. Emphasis will focus on correct
statistical tests for appropriate data collected, research methodology, and writing
techniques. The source of this training is university-based.
PD Publishing Research. Introduces the RN to the organization, writing, and preparation of an
article for publication. Levels of research will be presented and methods to present the
data will be discussed. This is a university-based course.
PD Executive Management Principles. Presents a broad perspective of personnel
management in relation to the total management function, relationship of operating and
staff officials in the discharge of personnel management responsibilities, and current and
projected developments in personnel administration. Course is provided locally.
PD Information Resource Management Course. Examines ways an organization can enhance
the business value of its information resources. Focuses on the future of information
resources management and provides an understanding of the concepts, theory and
principles that under-pin current trends in corporate information management. This is a
locally provided course.
A Associate Degree in Nursing - An Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) is a tertiary
education nursing degree. This type of degree is usually awarded by community colleges
or similar nursing schools. Some four year colleges also offer this degree. Students
awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing are qualified to sit for the NCLEX-RN and
apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing - The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four year
academic degree in the science and principles of nursing, granted by a tertiary education
university or similarly accredited school. Though one is eligible to sit for the a licensing
examination to become a registered nurse after graduating from either a two year program
with an Associate's Degree (ADN) or from a four-year program with an Bachelor's Degree
(BSN), the BSN prepares nurses for a professional role away from the bedside with
coursework in nursing science, research, leadership, and nursing informatics.
A Master's Degree in Nursing or Related Field - A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an
advanced-level postgraduate degree for registered nurses and is considered an entry-level
degree for nurse educators and managers. The degree also may prepare a nurse to seek
a career as a nurse administrator, health policy expert, or clinical nurse leader.Graduate
degree in a related field for the position to be hired and years of experience at the previous
level. For example, Health Care Administration, Master of Business Administration,
Human Resources, And Information Technology.
A Army Master's Degree in Social Work - Students must complete a foundation phase of
training, which consists of 24 didactic and 8 field practicum course hours, for a total of 32
semester hours. Once these non-BSW degreed students have successfully completed the
foundation phase, they must complete the concentration phase of the MSW Program. The
concentration phase consists of 22 didactic and 8 field practicum course hours, for a total
of 30 semester hours. Students must successfully complete the didactic requirements at
the foundation phase before they will allowed to proceed to foundation field; furthermore,
they must also complete the didactic requirements in concentration phase before they can
proceed to the concentration field practicum. Students must complete a minimum of 460
agency work hours during foundation field and 500 agency work hours during their
concentration field practicum.
A Doctoral Degree in Nursing or Related Fields - The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a
terminal professional degree that focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing rather than
academic research. The curriculum for the DNP degree generally includes advanced
practice, leadership, and application of clinical research. The DNP is intended primarily to
prepare registered nurses to become advanced practice registered nurses. Advanced
practice roles in nursing include the nurse practitioner (NP), certified registered nurse
anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse midwife (CNM), and the clinical nurse specialist (CNS).
F Civilian Residency Program. The Army is developing a program to provide Army civilian
nurses with residency opportunities within AMEDD. For further information, contact
AMEDDC&S AMEDD Personnel Proponent Directorate:(210) 221-9936
A Nurse Specialty Training - The Army supports a number of nursing specialties including:
Occupational Health Nurse, Pediatric Nurse, Community Health Nurse, Operating Room
Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse (Hematology/Oncology, Nurse
Practiotioner (Adult, Family, Pediatrics, OB/GYN), Nurse (Critical Care-SICU, MICU,
Neonatal), Nurse (Dialysis), Nurse (OB/GYN, Labor and Delivery), Nurse Midwife, Infection
Control Nurse, Clinical Case Manager, Research Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse
Consultant, Emergency Room Nurse, Medical and Surgical Nurse,.
F Charge Nurse Course. Designed to provide the inexperienced Charge Nurse with the
necessary skills so he/she can approach their role with confidence.
F Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). An intensive course covering the American Heart
Association curriculum for Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
F Bloodborne Pathogen Training. Instructs the student in managing a program in
accordance with OSHA mandated in 29 CFR 1910.130. Course content includes
identifying the scope of the act, developing exposure control plans, identifying infectious
materials, methods of compliance, hepatitis B vaccinations, research laboratories, hazard
communication, information/ training, and recordkeeping. (Source: OSHA)
F Nursing Informatics. An overview of how computer science, information science, and
nursing science are used to manage information. The focus of the course is on how
nurses can use information technology with clinical practice, research, education,
administration, and communication to improve the delivery of nursing care and patient
health. A current health care information system is examined. Basic computer applications
are explored through hands on training.
F Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice. Presents an advanced course in
pharmacology for advanced practitioners.
F Health Care Ethics I (MD0066). Ethically and legally appropriate behavior of
health care professionals, the role of ethics in healthcare, legal doctrines that affect
healthcare; tort law, negligence, and patient consent.
F Health Care Ethics II (MD0067). Ethically and legally appropriate behavior of
health care professionals, patient refusal of treatment, medical records, and the scope of
F Discharge Planning. Addresses the planning, implementation, and collaboration required
to achieve individualized expected outcomes for safe and efficient transition through levels
A USA Baylor Program in Health Care Administration (6H-70A67). This course provides
graduate level-education during the intermediate professional development period of the
officer processional education sequence.Course content consists of didactic instruction
(54 weeks) concentrating on themanagerial tenets, techniques, and theories fundamental
to the effective and efficient delivery of health care to the armed forces. Areas of Emphasis
include: Resources Management, Materials Management, Human Resources
Management, Patient Administration, and Clinical Administration. Successful completion of
a 52-week Administrative Residency (HCA 5661) at a military or other federal health care
institution designated by the member's service or department is required after the
completion of the didactic phase of instruction. Successful completion of the didactic
instruction and residency, to include a comprehensive oral examination and a graduate
management project, leads to the award of a Master's of Health Administration degree
from Baylor University. Open to GS 11/12 civilian employees.
Tuberculosis: An Interactive CD-ROM for Clinicians
(http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/catalog/tb-cd-rom.htm) or Self-Study Modules
on Tuberculosis (http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/catalog/tb-web.htm).
Nurse Case Management Program
Clinical Nurse OIC Leadership Course
AMEDD Advanced Nurse Leadership
Speaking Strategies: Confident Public Speaking
Pharmacology Math for Practical Nurse
Organizational Budgeting Activities and the Master Budget
Army Master's Degree in Social Work
Source of training is locally based.
Source of training is locally based. Use AHA link to find area course:
AHA ACLS Courses
Source of training is university based.
Source of training is university based.
Health Care Ethics I
Health Care Ethics II
Source of training is University or locally based.
USA Baylor Program in Health Care Administration
Basic Life Support (BLS) - The level of medical care which is used for patients with life-threatening
illnesses or injuries until the patient can be given full medical care at a hospital. It can be provided by
trained medical personnel, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and by laypersons
who have received BLS training. BLS is generally used in the pre-hospital setting, and can be provided
without medical equipment. Required by all nurses in accordance with AR 40-68, paragraph 5-1.e..
Provided locally or through commercial vendors.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) refers to a set of
clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke and other life threatening medical
emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions. Required if working in
specialty area. Provided locally or through commercial vendors.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) - The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to
emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency
medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who
need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements. Required if working in specialty
area. Provided locally or through commercial vendors.
The Neonatal Resuscitation Program™ is an educational program that introduces the concepts and
basic skills of neonatal resuscitation. Completion of the program does not imply that an individual has
the competence to perform neonatal resuscitation. Each hospital is responsible for determining the
level of competence and qualifications required for someone to assume clinical responsibility for
neonatal resuscitation. This course has been designed to teach an evidence-based approach to
resuscitation of the newborn. The causes, prevention, and management of mild to severe neonatal
asphyxia are carefully explained so that health professionals may develop optimal knowledge and skill
in resuscitation. Required if working in specialty area. Provided locally or through commercial vendors.
RN Licensure - A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program at a
university or college and has passed a national licensing exam. Whatever specialization they select,
nurses still need to pass a licensure exam to practice their profession. There are two licensure
examinations in the United States developed by NCSBN (National Council of State Boards Nursing
Inc.) – these are NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nurses) and NCLEX-
RN (National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurses) – to test the abilities, skills, and
knowledge of candidates for an effective and safe nursing practice. When the students pass, they will
acquire a license as LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses) or RN (Registered Nurses).
Current Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards do not include the requirement for
NCLEX-RN, thus the civilian RN is exempt from this requirement. This license is highly desireable for
Army civilian RNs.
Specialty Certification - ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing
organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The Army supports a
number of nursing specialties including: Occupational Health Nurse, Pediatric Nurse, Community
Health Nurse, Operating Room Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse
(Hematology/Oncology, Nurse Practiotioner (Adult, Family, Pediatrics, OB/GYN), Nurse (Critical Care-
SICU, MICU, Neonatal), Nurse (Dialysis), Nurse (OB/GYN, Labor and Delivery), Nurse Midwife,
Infection Control Nurse, Clinical Case Manager, Research Nurse/Nurse Educator/Nurse Consultant,
Emergency Room Nurse, Medical and Surgical Nurse.
American Board of Nursing Certification. ABNS is a not-for-profit, membership organization governed
by an elected group of representatives. They are focused on improving patient outcomes and
consumer protection by promoting specialty nursing certification. The Accreditation Board for Specialty
Nursing Certification (ABSNC), formerly the ABNS Accreditation Council, is the only accrediting body
specifically for nursing certification. ABSNC accreditation is a peer-review mechanism that allows
nursing certification organizations to obtain accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest
quality standards available in the industry.
Certified Occupational Health Nurse. The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses administers
this certification, which is a voluntary mechanism for validating professional knowledge and expertise in
a specialty. In contrast to licensure, which assures the public of safe practice at a beginning level,
certification reflects specialty practice and knowledge at a proficient level. By meeting the challenge of
certification, the certified individual has made a commitment to a specialty and to continued
professional growth and development. Certification is recognized by employers and peers as an
achievement and leads to employment opportunities, advancement, and professional prestige. ABOHN
uses the definition of occupational and environmental health nursing and the standards of practice, in
addition to other criteria, to determine eligibility for certification. The American Association of
Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) establishes the definition and standards of specialty
The Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) is geared to nurse leaders who are engaged in
executive nursing practice. To be eligible for this certification, you must hold a valid and unrestricted
license as a registered nurse; and either a master’s level degree or higher plus two (2) years of
experience in an executive nursing role (one of your degrees must be obtained in nursing from an
accredited institution) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) plus four (4) years in an executive
Nurse Manager and Leader. The Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) — offered in
partnership with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) — is designed exclusively
for nurse leaders in the nurse manager role. To be eligible for this certification, you must hold a valid
and unrestricted license as a registered nurse; and either a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN)
degree or higher plus two (2) years of experience (minimum of 1,040 hours per year) in a nurse
manager role or a non-nursing bachelor’s plus three (3) years of experience (minimum of 1,040 hours
per year) in a nurse manager role or a diploma or associate degree plus five (5) years of experience
(minimum of 1,040 hours per year) in a nurse manager role.
Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN). Earned credential offered by the Medical-
Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) that recognizes achievement of the highest standards,
validates exceptional knowledge and skills, and shows commitment to excellence in the medical-
surgical nursing practice.
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Certification offered by the National Commission for
Health Education Credentialing, INC. (NCHEC) which indicates professional competency and
commitment to continued professional development by mastering the comprehensive set of
competencies and sub-competencies that define the role of an entry-level health educator.
Basic Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Neonatal Resuscitation Program
Registered Nurse License
American Nurses Credentialing Center
American Board of Nursing Certification
American Board for Occupational Health Nurses
Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
Certified Medical-Surgical RN
Certified Health Education Specialist