Quote from NoKoward
Hey Ginger, thanks for the reply. I guess I can't shake medsurg huh? Fine. I can deal with it for a little while, maybe sharpen on some of my skills. I was kind of expecting being put on med-surg but I can't do it for too long. There's "crappy" staffing everywhere I guess right? Especially the place I work now. There's no way I can continue being there when i graduate, the morale is so low. If you do know, how often does one get deployed and at what length? I will look into that fellowship. Thank you.
Yes, I'd say staffing issues are everywhere, but in the military, you lose your say in how things operate...especially, at the lower ranks, which is something I've struggled with. Leadership always says everyone's opinions count, but they don't.
If you decide to join, I'd recommend making your wishes/goals known with your supervisor and chief nurse early on. They're the ones who have the know-how to get you where you want to be.
As far as deployment goes, I think you're probably safe for the first year or so since you're a new grad. Other people who came in with me deployed within their first year, but they were fully qualified already. I've been in for over 3 years and haven't deployed yet. Manning at my old base was tight so I never got tasked. I'll be in the deployment band later this year and probably won't be so lucky. In the AF, a lot of people (not all) are assigned deployment bands, which just means we're vulnerable to deploy for 6 months out of every 18.
Hope that helps.