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Special Pay for Nurse Corps Officers

Capt. Michelle Gauthier, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron certified registered nurse anesthetist at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, injects medication into an IV during a scheduled surgery. (US Air Force/Senior Airman Eydie Sakura)
Capt. Michelle Gauthier, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron certified registered nurse anesthetist at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, injects medication into an IV during a scheduled surgery. (US Air Force/Senior Airman Eydie Sakura)

Qualified Nurse Corps Offcers may be eligible for an accession (sign-on) bonus as well as monthly or annual incentive payments based on their speciality, length of service, or qualifications.

Military Nurse Accession Bonus

A person who is a registered nurse and who agrees to accept a commission as an officer  may be paid an accession bonus of up to $30,000 for a four year contract or up to $20,000 for a three year contract.

Nurse Officer Incentive Special Pay

General Eligibility Requirements In order to be eligible for the Incentive Special Pay (ISP) for Specialty Nurses, a person must be a fully qualified registered nurse with an active, full unrestricted license in a designated specialty of:

  1. Perioperative nursing;
  2. Critical-care nursing;
  3. Emergency nursing;
  4. Obstetrics/gynecological nursing;
  5. Medical-Surgical nursing;
  6. Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing;
  7. Community/Public Health nursing;
  8. Pediatric nursing;
  9. Neonatal Intensive Care nursing;
  10. Nurse Midwife; or
  11. Any Nurse Practitioner.

Amount Payable

  • $5,000 a year for a 1-year contract;
  • $10,000 a year for a 2-year contract;
  • $15,000 a year for a 3-year contract; or
  • $20,000 a year for a 4-year contract.

Military Nurse Anesthetist Bonus

General Eligibility Requirements In order to qualify for the Military Nurse Anesthetist Bonus, a person must be a qualified certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Amount Payable

  • $20,000 a year for a 1-year contract;
  • $25,000 a year for a 2-year contract;
  • $35,000 a year for a 3-year contract; or
  • $50,000 a year for a 4-year contract.

Non-Physicial Healthcare Provider Board Certification Pay (NPBCP)

General Eligibility Requirements In order to qualify for NPBCP, a person must be a healthcare provider in a clinical specialty that is privilegeable,possess a post-baccalaureate degree in his/her clinical specialty and be certified by a professional board in his/her clinical specialty; and be in one of the following specialties:

  1. Nurse Anesthetist;
  2. Nurse Midwife;
  3. Clinical Nurse Specialist;
  4. Public Health Nurse;
  5. Nurse Practitioner in adult health, family health, pediatric, psychiatric/mental health, acute care, primary care, or women's health care

Annual Amount Payable

  • Less than 10 years service - $2,000
  • At least 10 but less than 12 years service - $2,500
  • At least 12 but less than 14 years service - $3,000
  • At least 14 but less than 18 years service - $4,000
  • 18 or more years service - $5,000
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