Why is Army medic experience not valued for New Grads applying for ER jobs? - page 4
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I am a recent graduate from a BSN program and have been trying desperately to find an ER job in Central Ohio. I have been an Army medic for over six years including a tour in Iraq as a flight medic. I also have worked the past... Read More
- 0Jul 17, '12 by SunSurfRNQuote from HM-8404I know Corpsmen are in hospitals, on the Blue side. On the green side I hear different stories altogether. As far as the Army I cannot speak to that topic at all. It doesn't make a difference if they are in hospitals, until the responsibility is 100% on your shoulders, its not the same to me.Many Corpsmen work in base hospitals and deal with all the patients you just described. They are not combat only. While on shore duty I dealt with service members from 17-60, their wives, kids and also retirees. We also deal with all types of patients during humanitarian missions. Navy Corpsmen and Army/AF Medics do more than treat bullet wounds on 20 yr olds. Find an IDC Corpsman in your Reserve unit and ask what they did on Active Duty.
- 1Jul 17, '12 by evansmumFirst off, there has been some REALLY excellent advice in this thread!
OP, don't let this get you down or deter your ambitions to work in the ED. I am also a former combat medic in the Army, and a recent ADN grad in Florida (Post 9-11 GI bill, thank you!). I live in the Tampa Bay region and have had the absolute worst time getting interviews. When I was transitioning to the civilian sector, I thought that I would have no problem getting my foot into the door with my experience from the military. Boy, was I wrong! I couldn't even land an unlicensed CNA position! I was like, are you KIDDING ME?! It is what it is. I focused on school, and was grateful for the opportunity to get paid to continue higher education.
When it came time to building my resume, I highlighted my military experience next to my graduate nurse qualifications. I'm humble, but I have to joke that I feel like I sound so much better on paper than I come off in person, haha. That aside, there ARE facilities who appreciate this type of experience! I was prompted by an old NCO (who also became an RN after her service) to apply at a local hospital near my old duty station. Mind you, this is about 1000 miles away. I applied to only ER and ICU, as these were the only two departments that would prompt me to relocate. I didn't think I had a chance in hell. Two days later I received an email requesting a phone interview with their talent recruiter regarding my ICU app. After speaking with her for an hour, she suggested that I would be wonderful for their ED! I literally screamed in excitement when I got off the phone. The next day, another hour-long phone interview with the ED manager. It was blissful I was asked to come shadow the department, and traveled up that weekend to do so. I was a nervous wreck on the inside, but I have a stellar poker face compliments of the military (everyone remarks upon my composure, and yet I am just as nervous as any other new grad). It was a fantastic experience! It enticed me even more, as I long for the fast-paced, critical nature of the ED.
On my drive home I was contacted again to say that I was being offered a FT position in their ED....it is also a level II trauma facility. I am leaving Florida in only a few weeks to begin! I am over the moon, and the envy of many of my peers right now. My best advice is to look into relocation. Apply to facilities near military bases, as these are more likely to favor and appreciate your experience. Having a BSN is a total bonus, and I am SHOCKED that no one as picked you up yet. You are a gem; believe it.
You will prevail! No worries. Best of luck in your endeavors, and many wishes for a rewarding and successful career!
- 1Jul 20, '12 by ED_Chris_RNI am sorry for what you are going through. When I was in nursing school I had two former Army medics in my class and a bunch of Navy Corpsman (Military Area). I learned a lot of valuable things from these people, especially when it came to triage and EKG reading, but by far the most valuable was skills. They had a lot of tricks for getting IV's started and a wide array of other things which I will always remember. As a veteran myself, I would hire you in a heartbeat!
- 0Aug 4, '12 by PMFB-RNSorry this is off topic but there seems to be a lot of corpsmen and medics reading this thread. For their interest:
- 2Aug 4, '12 by FMF CorpsmanFirst off, I believe our medics and corpsman to be of more honorable stock than to apply for a position that they are less than qualified for. Having been stationed in a war zone, most will not have been assigned to the "band-aid brigade," or as you labeled them "hand out Motrin and tell them to drink water." Secondly, wouldn't anyone being hired for these positions be required to undergo an orientation process the same as any new hire to any of the units? Any shortcomings would most certainly be evident within a very limited period of time. I'm not saying these men and women deserve any special consideration, but they most assuredly do deserve every consideration. They are every bit as qualified as any 3 or 4 year nurse coming in and applying for a job and much more so in many considerations. As some have noted, they are not going to freeze up in a trauma or be afraid to jump in when someone needs to jump, and those are the people I need in my ER. The book stuff I can get through, I need experience. So, Welcome home all you guys and thanks for your service.