Any Navy Hospital Corpsman out there? - page 6

I was just wondering if any Navy Hospital Corpsman were on this site. I just got out of the Navy and have passed my NCLEX-PN exam. I would love to talk to any current or former HMs that have passed... Read More

  1. by   gerry79
    Check with the Indiana State Board of Nursing to see if you can challenge the NCLEX-PN based on your military experience. After that, see which school offers an LPN to RN bridge program. Good luck in your venture and thanks for serving our country!

    Gerard HMC (Ret) USCG
  2. by   mco2007
    Hi I am currently active and a deck seaman
    I am thinking about going to HM school and I also want to get an NEC towards X-ray tech. I just wanted to know how the A school is and how do they choose orders. Do fleet returnees get pick first orders? I have been undes for almost three years advancement sucks in the navy and have already tried 3 tests but the rates closed at the last minute. I am not going to settle for BM or CS just because it's open. If I get a rate and go to A school I want it to be worth it. I have always had an interest in the medical field but joined blindly. The detailers at MEPS told me I couldnt join DT because it was only for males. I've had my share of disappointments with the Navy but I am hoping for better. I do not want to get out of the Navy a rate that I really have no interest for!! Thanx
  3. by   BuckeyeInIndy
    i am a HN in the navy right now. i'm getting ready to get out and move to indiana. I was wondering what would be the fastest way for me to get my RN. Also how fast could i turn my Corpsman experience into a LPN certification, if at all.
  4. by   Simplepleasures
    Quote from mco2007
    Hi I am currently active and a deck seaman
    I am thinking about going to HM school and I also want to get an NEC towards X-ray tech. I just wanted to know how the A school is and how do they choose orders. Do fleet returnees get pick first orders? I have been undes for almost three years advancement sucks in the navy and have already tried 3 tests but the rates closed at the last minute. I am not going to settle for BM or CS just because it's open. If I get a rate and go to A school I want it to be worth it. I have always had an interest in the medical field but joined blindly. The detailers at MEPS told me I couldnt join DT because it was only for males. I've had my share of disappointments with the Navy but I am hoping for better. I do not want to get out of the Navy a rate that I really have no interest for!! Thanx

    Answer from My Daughter,
    I am answering under my mother's log-in (have not gotten my own yet). I am an in the Navy as an HM2 and instruct at Corps School. I have a lot of answers to your questions.

    The school for HM's is fast paced but written for an 8th grade reading level. Plenty of fleet returnees attend HM school but do not go if you are not sure about patient care. Plenty of fleetees also fail out of school. A lot find out as soon as they see blood that they don't like it. So think hard first. Also HM's get deployed alot especially if you are male (think Marines and Iraq).

    Orders for fleetees are the same as newbees from boot camp, you do get a little more preference but not alot. As for x-ray tech, that school is combined now and open only to E-5's and above, not impossible but not right away.

    I do have a comment about advancement. It is not hard to advance if you study in the navy even as an HM. I made HM2 in only 3 years. HM is very rewarding. I have worked with both Marines and in hospitals. My last piece of advice is to be serious about being a HM. It is very irritating to see students in Corps School go because that was the only thing they could do (PTS). We deal with people not inanimate objects.

    But...if you are serious, do it. I am going to Excelsior for nursing and the Navy gave me a lot of practical experience.
    Last edit by Simplepleasures on Feb 17, '08
  5. by   GeorgiaBoy61
    Hello:

    To all those HMs out there, I am a prosepctive Navy Nurse looking to get in either reserve or active side, still making up my mind on that one. Part of the reason I chose the navy first is the opportunity to work with corpsmen, who are definitely on the ball. I know a former HM in the civilian world, and the guy is as sharp as they come. So hats off to all of you.

    Ok, to my question: I am too old to be a corpsman (I tried back in the middle of the Iraq war when the shortage of HMs was very acute esp. on the green side, but I was rejected for being a couple of years past the age cutoff), but I plan to get either an ANP (advance practice RN) or PA (physician assistant) in the near future. My question for you is about PAs: given that the navy has IDCs and corpsmen, what role do PAs play in the service? Can they get their boots dirty or are they mostly at rear area hospitals and clinics? My motivation is to be as far forward as possible, in the field - preferably supporting navy ground forces/USMC units.

    Any comments, please share them. I need to decide soon so I can get the ball rolling on joining up.

    PLease reply to me directly (pfarmer891@yahoo.com) or via the boards.

    Thanks -

    GaBoy61
  6. by   CorpsmanRecruit88
    Quote from ldshaw
    I was stationed in Seattle from 1992-1994 as a seaman then went on to HM school in San Diego Oct 94-Feb 95
    I was stationed in Portsmouth VA from Feb 95-Sep 98 Then went on to Dermatology Tech C School
    I was stationed in Newport Rhode Island from Feb 99-Sept 03.
    Now here I am in Sacramento as a new LVN. Civilian life took some getting used to, but I love not having duty and being away from my family. This is great!!!:hatparty:
    Can you tell me some of the C schools for Medical Corpsman? I want to eventually be a CRNA and I want to specialize in something in the Navy as relative as possible. Thanks.

    ---Bryan
  7. by   GeorgiaBoy61
    Hi Bryan:

    I cannot help you on the HM question, but I know a little about CRNAs. In the civilian side, CRNA is an advanced practice nursing specialty - so you first need an RN/BSN and then you go for the CRNA. Nurse anesthetists are in very high demand nationwide, in the military as well as in the civilian sector. My brother is an M.D. in anesthesia, and he works with quite a few of them. It is not uncommon for them to pull in 120K annually. The work is very demanding however, and requires making quick but accurate decisions under pressure. You are keeping the patient alive while the surgeons do their thing. Needless to say, it is a very big responsibility and one not to be taken lightly.

    Medically underserved states - such as some in the west and midwest - often allow nurse-anesthesists to practice independently or nearly so, and I know the navy and other services grant a lot of autonomy to them.

    Even states that mandate supervision by an anesthetist M.D. usually require only that the doctor be accessible for emergencies. One M.D. described it to me thus, "We do the take-offs and landings, and the CRNA does the rest."

    I have looked at a few CRNA programs and most require ICU experience as a pre-requisite. Working in a burn unit is also excellent preparation for CRNA school as you are doing fluid rescuscitation and management on burn patients, who are among the most challenging in this regard. So get some ICU or related experience if you can. And get as good as you can starting lines on patients; anesthesia people start IVs all the time and are expected to be expert at it. On my floor, we call the anesthesia dept. when no one else can start an IV on a tough patient. I can't speak for others but that's how it is where I've worked.

    Also observe or shadow a CRNA and see some surgeries done. The OR environment is not for everyone. Some people love it, others do not - so do your homework.

    The only other thing I know about it is that they are getting bigtime bucks from the military to join or re-up.

    There's probably plenty of CRNAs on the board to take your other questions....

    Good luck and study hard!

    GaBoy61


    Quote from CorpsmanRecruit88
    Can you tell me some of the C schools for Medical Corpsman? I want to eventually be a CRNA and I want to specialize in something in the Navy as relative as possible. Thanks.

    ---Bryan
  8. by   lkn4info
    Hi, I don't want to interrup your thread, but I'm new at this. I'm looking for information on what states will accept an HM3 to take the NCLEX-PN. TN,GA have said they will not acknowledge and of the military training associated with navy corpsman. My son is a reservist, went thru hospital corps school at Great Lakes and then FMF at Camp Johnson...now everyone tells him that training doesn't count with them he needs a 'civilian' certification. He, his sister and I are trying to research states that will acknowledge his training and find out if he can bring it back to GA and work and he's waiting for a deployment.
    Thanks,
    Wife and mother of Hospital Corpsmen
  9. by   gerry79
    California may still allow HM's to challenge the PN boards. Check there website.
  10. by   lkn4info
    Hi,
    Thanks so much for the info. Last night my son came home from taekwondo to say he has an interview with a Physician's Assistant to work in her office. We are praying that this is a step. I'll read further thru the blogs. Thank you for your forum.
  11. by   Harleyhead
    Hm3 means nothing in the civilian world. you must have civilian degrees or certificates to get ant decent job. Even as aHMC I had to start all over. I know the Army will convert medics to LPN's . Good luck .
  12. by   gerry79
    Quote from Harleyhead
    Hm3 means nothing in the civilian world. you must have civilian degrees or certificates to get ant decent job. Even as aHMC I had to start all over. I know the Army will convert medics to LPN's . Good luck .
    Harleyhead is correct HM means little or nothing in the civilian sector. I retired an HSC (Coast Guard equivalent to HMC) and would only qualify as little more than a Patient Care Tech at any hospital in this area. I finished nursing school 2 months before retirement and being an RN along with my military experience has opened doors for me.
  13. by   lkn4info
    Thanks for all the info.
    N. is now working under a physician's assistant's license at her office. She knows the training he's had and is willing to have him work under her license...but of course, he still needs to finish his nursing degree. I've been thinking of contacting our state representative and congressman to see what can be done in GA to accept military training and experience so they can take the boards.
    We need to make a way for our warrior's to bring their excellent military training and experience home after their military duty.

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