Would it in your opinion be better to lt the Navy pay for CRNA school, or would you say it is better to just take the loans?
Dec 6, '06
I know this thread is old but for anyone out there wondering: jacyRN is right about deployments. I am currently in the Navy Nurse corp and on my way out next July. The Navy has a great program but THEY OWN YOU while you are in school and after school is done. Also you dont get your bonus until your payback is completed (7 years) Just like jacyRN if you are willing to be deployed constantly, especially this day and age, then do it. Your clinical starts 5am in the morning and you dont go home until your room is done. That maybe 4pm or 11pm.... then you have to go home and prepare for the next case. I on the other hand chose freedom and a civilian program. But in my case I still have the government paying for my school...YEAH GI BILL! I know CRNA programs are intense but not as intense as the Navy program. Another thing to think about: You can't just join the Navy and apply. You have to be stationed at a hospital etc.. and do a 3 year tour and in the last year apply and only in that last year. If you don't get in you can extend for another year and apply again. NOW if you dont get in a second time then you HAVE to do another tour of two to three years at another duty station before you can apply again. Unlike civilian programs you can apply as much as you want. Now the army is real desperate and are taking anyone. A couple of my shipmates switched from blue to green and went straight into the CRNA program. Also you get your bonus as soon as you pass the boards and it is way bigger then the navy bonus. The big thing is deployments and no matter want branch of service you join YOU WILL BE DEPLOYED TO THE DESERT! Trust me in my short 4 year naval carrier I have been deployed 4 times and I am tired of being shot at. So to make a long story short, take the loans and you will be happier person in the long run.
Last edit by SRNA-Halothane on Dec 13, '06