Army Nurse & Medic?

  1. When I graduate with my nursing degree, I will also have my paramedic license. I was just curious if anyone knew about nurses in the army that are in the same position and if they are able to use both skills. I would hate to lose some the skills that are medic-oriented because I am nurse in the army.

    Last night while I was working 6p-6a, I managed to start watching Combat Hospital on CNN. It really reaffirmed for me that the military is the right choice for me after getting quite a bit of negative feedback lately. I lucked out by getting a quick glimse of what I want to do with my life on tv right before I had to go on an OD call.

    Thanks guys.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from raskolnikov
    When I graduate with my nursing degree, I will also have my paramedic license. I was just curious if anyone knew about nurses in the army that are in the same position and if they are able to use both skills. I would hate to lose some the skills that are medic-oriented because I am nurse in the army.

    Last night while I was working 6p-6a, I managed to start watching Combat Hospital on CNN. It really reaffirmed for me that the military is the right choice for me after getting quite a bit of negative feedback lately. I lucked out by getting a quick glimse of what I want to do with my life on tv right before I had to go on an OD call.

    Thanks guys.
    Depending on how gun-ho you are you can go into pararescue with the AF. It is the only special-ops job where everyone is a paramedic. http://www.pararescue.com/

    I pretty sure the Army has nurses that fly out with the helicopters and pick up wounded soldiers. I am just not sure if it is own shred out.

    Also, the AF has CCAT nurses and special-ops CCAT nurses. Being a CCAT nurse is not a full-time job, but spec-op CCAT nurse is. http://www.sammcs.amedd.army.mil/cli...ents/ccatt.asp

    Sorry, not much about the Army, but you can look for similar jobs in the Army.
  4. by   BULLYDAWGRN
    raskolnikov, I just returned from iraq in dec 2005, Army nurse 1LT. Was a army medic 1996 the old 91B. I sort of got put on temp assignment after a few months in country (another unit stole me away from from my combat support hospt.) The work we did was just like you saw on tv, I caught bits and peices of the show. My best advice is to get on the army website and talk to a army RN recruiter.
  5. by   Gennaver
    Quote from BULLYDAWGRN
    raskolnikov, I just returned from iraq in dec 2005, Army nurse 1LT. Was a army medic 1996 the old 91B. I sort of got put on temp assignment after a few months in country (another unit stole me away from from my combat support hospt.) The work we did was just like you saw on tv, I caught bits and peices of the show. My best advice is to get on the army website and talk to a army RN recruiter.
    Hi BullyDawgRN,

    I anticipate OBLC this August and I have a question.

    This is one I've asked before but, am still curious.

    Since I'll be a 66H, new nurse graduate in this June, is there any likelihood that I'd be deployed other than stateside? [overseas deployment envy here]

    Thanks,
    Gen
  6. by   raskolnikov
    Thanks for the responses.

    Being that I'm a woman, I couldn't be a PJ, nor would I ever be fit enough for that.

    But yeah, I am talking to my ROTC guy and starting the whole process.

    I'm conflicted about the whole paramedic thing anyways. I run on two ambulance squads, and one is all GO FOR IT NOW, and the other wants me to wait a few years. But I digress.
  7. by   BULLYDAWGRN
    Since i'm gaurd i'm not sure as far as the active duty component of 66H. But when I was Kuwait for R&R I met a rn that claimed she was just 4mos post oblc..Now her new unit stateside could've been deployed. I assume that if they want you they'll get you overthere.
  8. by   Gennaver
    Quote from BULLYDAWGRN
    Since i'm gaurd i'm not sure as far as the active duty component of 66H. But when I was Kuwait for R&R I met a rn that claimed she was just 4mos post oblc..Now her new unit stateside could've been deployed. I assume that if they want you they'll get you overthere.
    Hi BullyDawgRN,

    I should've been more clear, I meant that I will not only be new to Army but, new to nursing as I anticipate testing for my NCLEX-RN this summer.

    Maybe you did mean that the RN you spoke with was also a new nurse too? If so, then it does agree with what I've read here, (that at times a new nurse graduate may only be bedside for three months).

    Either way, naturally, I am willing.
    Gen
  9. by   BULLYDAWGRN
    I don't know if she was a new grad or not. I sent a e-mail to the recruiter in a gaurd unit I train with about your question, if I hear from him I'll get back you on private mail. But after 7 yrs in millitary 4 active and 3 NG, I've come to find that uncle sam will send you anywhere they feel like you are needed. But you are about to go on a awsome journey while in the army. My advice is don't sweat the small stuff, take advantage of all the educational opps you get. Litsen to the advice of the NCO's.
  10. by   clc19k30
    Hey all,
    Army Nurse here, I did not know there was a seperate forum for us GREEN Nurses. I have been an Army Nurse for 8 years now and I have been to Iraq and Afghanistan with a Forward Surgical Team. Typically the nurses do not do scoop and scoots. We will fly with critical patients during transfers between hospitals. There is a Flight nurse course for rotary wing that you are eligible to ask for 12 months prior to deployment.
    Second. The ANC will send you to Germany and Korea as a baby nurse. You have to put it on your Dream Sheet when you talk to your recruiter. We are trying not to send our new grads on a deployment if we can help it.
    In my humble opinion, I could not have been happier working anywhere but the Army Nurse Corps.
  11. by   EvaLuna
    Quote from clc19k30
    Hey all,
    Army Nurse here, I did not know there was a seperate forum for us GREEN Nurses. I have been an Army Nurse for 8 years now and I have been to Iraq and Afghanistan with a Forward Surgical Team. Typically the nurses do not do scoop and scoots. We will fly with critical patients during transfers between hospitals. There is a Flight nurse course for rotary wing that you are eligible to ask for 12 months prior to deployment.
    Second. The ANC will send you to Germany and Korea as a baby nurse. You have to put it on your Dream Sheet when you talk to your recruiter. We are trying not to send our new grads on a deployment if we can help it.
    In my humble opinion, I could not have been happier working anywhere but the Army Nurse Corps.
    Hi Clc, thank you for your service. I am considering the ANC and have an interest in being stationed overseas; particularly Germany. My husband was stationed there with the Air Force for many years and loved it. Although I think your post did answer my question, I'd appreciate further clarification. My ques. is regarding being assaigned overseas as a nurse, do you have a good chance of that happening as a new nurse or do you have to do your time stateside? Also my interest is in O.R. or NICU how are the prospects in the ANC in regards to preceptorships? Should I just work for 1 year civilian in the specialty of my choice? I don't care for med/surg. Also my husband is a disabled veteran and I have 2 small children, will there be a hinderance in terms of being assaigned overseas? Any info. you can provide would be greatly welcomed as I mull this decision over. Thank you in advance.

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