instructor, the practical nurse may instruct soldiers in an MOS/ASI producing course
utilizing the classroom, the hospital, and/or the field as educational settings. Examples
are advanced individual training (AIT) for MOS 91W or ASI M6. M6 practical nurses are
also utilized as enlisted instructors in the Nursing Education and Staff Development
(NESD) section of Army hospitals. As a practical nurse assigned to NESD, you will be
involved in preparing, presenting, and supervising various types of training. The larger
the hospital, the more diversified the activities of NESD. In a small MEDDAC, for
example, the entire NESD operation may be run by one M6. At a MEDCEN, however,
NESD may be organized into many sections and staffed by a large number of AN
officers and AMEDD enlisted personnel. Some of the functions of the NESD are to
conduct in-service training, manage continuing education for nursing personnel, and
provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification training. Many MEDDACs
and MEDCENs are sites for Phase II training for MOS producing courses such as 91D
or ASI M6. NESD may be the coordinating liaison or managing office for these Phase II
instruction sites and may be involved in the training process.
b. An additional skill identifier (ASI) available to the 91W is M3, Renal Dialysis
Technician. Upon completion of the required training, the 91W is awarded the ASI of
M3 and assigned to work as a member of a dialysis team or unit. All dialysis related
duty positions are found in the MEDCENs.
c. For additional SQI or ASI options, refer to Army Regulation 611-201.
In this lesson, we have looked at the AMEDD and the role of the M6 practical
nurse within the AMEDD. U.S. Army practical nurses are unique individuals with varied
levels of training, education, and experience. Duty assignments take the M6 practical
nurse from CONUS to overseas and from the MEDCEN to the field. The M6 practical
nurse plays a part in providing health service support in all areas of the AMEDD.