Quote from Asystole RN
Watching the Presidential debate tonight and a statement by Obama made my head turn. He was relating a story when a corpsman was stating that he has treated wounded soldiers but when he became a civilian he could not use his training or experience to count towards becoming a nurse (unknown which kind). The corpsman was upset that he had to start his education/training from the beginning.
Obama stated that the requirements to be a nurse (assumed licensure/NCLEX requirements) should be changed to allow corpsman to become nurses (did not state which kind).
*** Apperently that corpsman is not a member of Allnurses or he would have known corpsmen and medics CAN be nurses. Thyere have been a number of discussion about this here. I got out of the army, challenged the CA LVN boards after 6 weeks of study. Then moved to Wisconsin and did LVN to RN in 9 months.
CA requires the medic/corpsman to have certain experience in the hospital. I took the requirements to my boss in the army and asked if it coud be arranged that I get this experience. My chain of command arranged that I rotate through specific units in the army hospital. I can't remember what the requirments were since it was a long time ago. I knew from an army buddy that Wisconsin technical colleges had just combined their LPN and RN programs into a singe 1 plus 1 program and were allowing LPNs to walk into the second year of the ADN RN program. I called several of the technical colleges. One of them told me they had plenty of room in the second year of their program for LPNs. That was on August 14th. I jumped in my truck and headed to Wisconsin. By August 26th I was sitting in class and graduated the following May with my ADN RN. I had never spent a day in college prior to that and didn't have a single college credit to my name. I used CLEP to meet the non nursing requirments like English, chem, sociology, etc.
The Wisconsin technical college ADN programs have no college class pre-reqs. What are pre-reqs in most other states are co-reqs here. (Required Courses
) Total cost of the program was about $2600. After graduation I took a job in a 9 month critical care nurse residency program for new grads going directly into the SICU of a large teaching and trauma center hospital. I got great training and that lead to several other higher paying jobs. Now I make well over $100K as a full time Rapid Response RN at a large teaching hospital, a job quite similar to my combat medic job with the infantry in the army. I got a BSN 100% free on my employers
Not all states are equal when it comes to vets. For example Wisconsin bends over backwards to help and accomadate us. For example my AARTS transcript from the army (army vets get your transcripts here: Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) Home Page
) was all accepted for transfer credit. It was like 45 college dredits they accepted. For example my recomended 2 credits in marksmandship listed on my AARTs trascript was accepted as 2 credits of elective credit. This compaired to Minnesota next door where an army medic with lots of training and experience will be lucky to have 3 credits of physical education accepted for transfer credit.
The vet needes to be his/her own advocate and do the leg work to find these things out. I was able to learn all this on my own and take advantage. It won't due to sit back and wait for somebody else to make it happen for you. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have explained this here on AN and have done so many other times on vet blogs.