Army or College for Nursing?

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    Hi, I'm wondering if someone can give me some information on what it is like being an L.P.N. in the U.S. Army. Now they are making people do Medic Training before entering the L.P.N. Program.. I was wondering if anyone got their certificate of an L.P.N. in the U.S. Army. It would help if I could read what other people say about what's it like to be in the Army as an L.P.N. Or I'm thinking which would be better college or the U.S. Army for L.P.N.?

    Thanks.
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    This might get you started. https://www.cool.army.mil/91wm6.htm
    I was a medic in the Army. The training gave me a definite advantage in the clinical portion of my BSN program. I did a lot of things as a medic that student nurses don't typically get the opportunity to experience. I was a field medical specialist, MOS 91B. The Army had a program that was similar to LPN training, MOS 91C. The 91C's had even greater responsibility. If you have the time, do the Army thing, get the training, get the experience and get some money for college.
    Last edit by septicwad on Mar 29, '04
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    I do not know about your situation. However when I was soon to graduate ADN, i was looking forward to Navy nursing, only to find out that the Navy only allows BSNs to practice nursing........
    Does the Army allow an ADN to practice nursing?
    xo jen
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    In the Army, I believe LPN's would be enlisted personnel. The focus of your practice would be oriented toward shock/trauma. You would be more like an EMT. This is a new career field, so I have no direct experience with it.
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    You can be an officer in the US army reserves with an ADN. But in order to be an officer on active duty, you must have your BSN.

    It is my understanding as well that LVN's or LPN's are enlisted personnel in the army.
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    As far as training goes, I was just talking to an Army nurse and he said that the Army only has LPN schools therefore if you want your RN you have to get it at an outside school (the Army will pay for it though, I just don't know how long you have to serve before being able to go to school)

    Either way, good luck, and medic training I've heard is outstanding (I was a civilian paramedic and compared notes with military counterparts)
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    Quote from TinyNurse
    I do not know about your situation. However when I was soon to graduate ADN, i was looking forward to Navy nursing, only to find out that the Navy only allows BSNs to practice nursing........
    Does the Army allow an ADN to practice nursing?
    xo jen

    You must be BSN prepared for the Army.
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    For ACTIVE duty Army you need an BSN to become an officer, BUT if you just want to become a RESERVIST officer nurse all you need is an ADN.


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