This new thread is to ask for help in choosing what branch of the military to serve in as a nurse of my personality
. They're so different in many ways, & it is becoming increasingly tough to decide when all the Recruiters (of course, because it's their job) make it seem all branches would fit me
I think I've ruled out Navy because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't do well having to go on a ship for 6mo at a time if I were deployed, & I feel the places I'd go wouldn't fit me in that I'd be stuck in a clinic or hospital for too long.
That said, now I'm looking at A.F. or Army. Can any of you help me decide by these personality guidelines? ....I am much more of an outdoorsy person, hate being stuck in a rut, will be continuing my education to a Masters, love to travel, believe I would be good at field work because I get pretty antsy when I feel I'm trapped in the "four walls" too long
-thus not wanting to work in a "building" my entire life, love the idea of helping our men & woman in service & also w/ humanitarian work on the side. I want to learn how to have more leadership & assertiveness, & want to excel in my profession. I'm not married, no kids, thirty years old, obtaining my BSN right now, & have one dog. I love to do technical & eclectic things too -doesn't have to always be medical related, though I am a nurse number one.
So, what do you guys think would be better for me? Air Force or Army? I'd REALLY appreciate the advice & direction!
Also, how many days/hours do you typically work as a nurse in both branches (besides going to help whenever needed)??? And are there any downfalls to being a female nurse in the Army/Air Force?
I know, long request...but it's my life! ha!
I'm trying to make wise decisions so that I won't regret which branch I choose, but will instead wake up everyday excited to get to work as a dedicated, educated nurse!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!
Oct 5, '06
Quote from athena55
First off, thank you for thinking about the Nurse Corps. Big step that requires lots of thought, which you seem to be doing (giving the decision much thought, smile)
I wouldn't feel right in telling you which aspect of the Armed Forces would be a better match for you. I would think that is a decision that you would have to arrive at, with enough informational input, that is.
We do have members of this forum who represent many different areas: Navy, Army, Air Force. And I am sure that maybe a few of these esteemed forum members would agree that, as with anything in life, you have good days and bad days; boring days and days where you don't have time to catch your breath. Please keep this in the back of your mind when you are trying to make a decision: An Order is An Order. You do and go where you are told.
I am not sure what you meant by "...are there any downfalls to being a female nurse in the Army/Air Force?"
Good Luck in your decision making process!
Thanks for responding, Athena. I'm anxious to hear what others suggest! I definitely agree w/ good & bad days, & I heartily agree that I will accept orders. I'm just concerned I'll choose a branch that doesn't fit my personality as well as others (ie: outdoor/field opportunities, travel, continual education...etc), to where I'll have wished I had chosen the 'other' service.
What I meant about the female officer question is mainly regarding such things as sexual harassment on the field during deployments, etc. I definitely know it happens, so it's not about that; it's asking what kind of protection are we given w/ that & what safeguards we're taught to defend ourselves when it happens. Also, do we get Ibuprofen when PMSing, HA HA! :roll Just kidding!
P.S. Oh, & I mentioned it was tough deciding because all the recruiters are being generic in their descriptions in what I'd be experiencing as a nurse & telling me that "Oh" I'd be doing alllll that I wanted in each branch...etc. & I know that's not true. I know in each branch, I'd be doing more of certain things in certain areas. I've worked in Med/Surg & Home Health (& possibly PACU before joining the service), but I'm wanting to work my way to Critical Care/Trauma, I'm interested in flight nursing after I get through that too, along w/ MASH type settings....
P.P.S. Oh yeah! & Can some of you A.F. nurses give me some exciting stories of your experiences, travels, education, etc, as a nurse in the A.F.? That would make my day, as I keep hearing great Army nurse stories that are making me lean towards Army, but I'm not really hearing any Air Force nurse stories...& that can make a big difference in my decision. Thank you!
Last edit by Care&Joy on Oct 5, '06