101 Things I Wish I’d Known Before BOLC... - page 2
by Pixie.RN 43,441 Views | 30 Comments Senior Moderator
Not sure how many things I'll actually come up with, and these are things I wish I'd known, or that other people probably wish they'd known that I actually did know, and I turned out to be right... 1. Do not count on getting... Read More
- 0Oct 30, '11 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorQuote from mlh0283It was painful, in a word. Hahaha! There is a 49-page AMEDD application that provides info for medical clearance as well as a security clearance. I also had to do forms describing my tattoos for a waiver. Then I had to provide copies of my BSN transcripts and diploma, nursing license, certifications, etc. I also had to do extra paperwork to be granted the M5 special identifier (for ER nurses), which included a clinical check-off by my clin spec as well as a letter from her that stated I'd worked more than 1500 hours in an ER in the last two years. Also needed letters of recommendation -- I think 3, but I gave them 4. And I had to write a motivation statement -- basically why I wanted to be part of the Army Nurse Corps. There were also various other medical screening forms to fill out. It was a lot of work! But worth it.LT,
What was the paperwork for your direct commission like? What things are they looking for?
- 0Nov 3, '11 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorQuote from RNMSN78You're welcome. I've been in the Army for just slightly more than 7 months now, so I am still learning! Happy to share. And good luck with the selection board, please keep us updated in the other forum when you hear something!! So funny -- at this time last year, I was still waiting (anxiously!!!) for my selection board to convene (16 November), and I had no idea where I'd be in the next year. Haha.Hi LunahRN! Thank you so much for this useful information about being an Army Nurse! Thank goodness for nurses as yourself who are willing to share their knowledge with the rest of us
- 2Nov 6, '11 by Mungo84Hi Lunah,
I just wanted to let you know that although you have only been in 7 months, your professionalism and all around grasp of how the Army works emits knowledge of a seasoned veteran. I was an Army MP for eight years and am now starting an ROTC program for my BSN. I eventually want to go the PA route, but that's neither here nor there. I, along with many other potential Army nurses, greatly appreciate your insight and information. Thanks again and I wish you the best of luck!
- 0Apr 19, '13 by melindacostaI am trying hard to decide wether or not to join the Army as a nurse. I am 36 and I have 4 kiddos....The thing that worries me the most is getting deployed. I would love to serve my country abroad but I worry about my kids. My youngest is 8. What are the chances of getting deployed far away from home...either stateside or international? Did you say BLOC was 9 weeks? How physically straining is it (not that I couldn't do it...I am very active). Also what happens after BLOC training do they ship you somewhere or let you go home and call you back for 2 weeks out of the year?
Thanks in advance!