Listen to LT Dave, every Naval Hospital is a bit different in their opportunites for advancement/leadership. I have been lucky in my 12 years as a Navy Nurse to do the following:
Med-Surg (10 months)
ICU (2 1/2 years)
Night Supervisor (not weekend duty) (6 months to fill a vacancy)
Division Officer for Outpatient/Inpatient Endoscopy. (9 months)
(sounds great doesn't it? Just myself and an LPN.
Ship's Nurse, Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier (1-RN:5,500 Sailors) (best three years of my Naval Career)
Cardiothoracic/Cardiac Intensive Care (1 year)
Staff Education and Training (Resuscitative Skills and Computer Based Training) (2 years)
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (10 months)
Medical Intensive Care Unit (6 months- Sorry PACU nurses, I had to get back to more of an intensive care setting)
Selected for CRNA program and start school 01 June in the Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program. 2 1/2 years of free schooling, and I will be close enough after my committment is over to retire soon, if I so choose.
Where in the civilian Nursing world can you find those opportunities and still get 30 days of paid leave a year?
Have I had some poor managers over time? Hell yes! Very many? Nope. And if you get a bad one, they will either leave before you or you before them.
If you have some inclination of staying in, please don't make your decision based on your first duty station (listen to LT Dave). Take an operational or overseas command and get a change of scenery. And, between you and I, if I had known that L&D was such a big business in the military, I would have had second thoughts about it.. and you can see I have managed to steer a course away from that rocky shore!
Good luck with your decision, feel free to contact me at email@example.com
LCDR Kelly Gann, NC, USN
I am a male, I am a Nurse, Yes, I am OK.