I am for only a few more weeks as my husband is about to ETS. We got married right after I graduated nursing school
and I PCS'ed with him to Hawaii. I don't want to sugar coat it, it was EXTREMELY difficult. I was able to get licensed right away, but it took about 6 months before I got my first interview in a Dr.'s office. After spending a year there making just over CNA pay, I was able to get a better paying position in an office that I like much better. This was hard to swallow considering I worked on a Rehab floor as a PCA during nursing school and was offered a position upon graduation. I put in about 250 applications to hospital jobs when I first got here but everyone returned the email stating that I did not qualify. I obtained my BSN while my husband was deployed this past year so I'm hoping that will help with any future job search
. Because he is ETSing, I can't speak for the process between duty stations. I have 3 state licenses at the moment, which can get expensive to maintain, but necessary even to apply to positions in those states.
One thing that I was misguided about was the idea that the military spouse preference and the need for nurses in the VA would be helpful. I attempted to use military spouse preference for jobs both as a nurse and even jobs around the PX and fitness centers, but didn't get a single interview. I know many spouses that have been in the same situation, but persistance is key. And hopefully other duty stations will have more available than this island does. Either way, having completed your degree and licensing is a great accomplishment and asset to the any lifestyle, so Congrats! Good luck