Basic Information for Military Nursing - Requirements and Recruiters

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    I just wanted to post some very basic information and links for people who are considering joining the military as a nurse. These links as well a searching this forum will often answer many questions members may have. Enjoy!

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    Army Nursing Information: http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/nurse.html

    Basic requirements for active duty:
    • BSN or MSN from a CCNE or NLNAC-accredited school
    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Unrestricted License
    • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver)

    Contact an AMEDD recruiter: http://www.goarmy.com/locate-a-recruiter.html

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    Air Force Nursing Information: http://www.airforce.com/healthcare/nurse

    Basic requirements for active duty:
    • BSN or MSN from a CCNE or NLNAC-accredited school
    • U.S. Citizenship

    Contact a recruiter: http://www.airforce.com/contact-us/recruiter-locator/ (Be sure to check "Healthcare student or professional")

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    Navy Nursing Information: http://www.navy.com/careers/healthcare/nurse.html

    Basic requirements for active duty:
    • Student or graduate of a CCNE-accredited BSN program
    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Between the ages of 18 and 41
    • Licensed to practice in a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a U.S. territory (new graduates must obtain a license within one year of beginning Active Duty service)

    Contact a recruiter: http://www.navy.com/locator.html
    Last edit by Pixie.RN on Oct 27, '13 : Reason: updating links
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    Thank you for the info. What about general military requirements? Weight?
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    Google is your friend. The height/weight standards are easy to find.
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.
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    I've been putting a lot of thought into joining the air guard but have no idea where to start. I'm currently an LPN working on getting my ADN. I hope to get my ADN in December '12. I've gone on to the website above to "contact a recruiter" but the closest one to Hawaii is in Santa Monica, CA? I've talked to a few military nurses and they are saying that my best bet is to get my BSN first then join the air guard because then I can practice as a nurse. Is this correct? I was hoping that when I do get my ADN, I could join the air guard as a nurse and work towards getting my BSN. So my question is this, is it possible for a person with an ADN join the air guard and practice as a nurse? If so, how do would a person go about doing this? If I can't do this, is the recommendation to get my BSN then join the air guard?

    Any helpful comments would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance
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    I'm not sure who is accepting ADN nurses at this point -- someone in the forum might have info, but you are better off contacting a recruiter. A lot of elements have gone toward BSN-only. And yes, I've heard of the recruiters for Hawaii not being any closer than Cali. Good luck on the rest of your RN program!
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    Are waivers usually granted for nurses? I just turned 47, I have a BSN and a bachelors in business. I also have a MBA. I am currently a director of surgical services. I am certified in Case management. I have no health ailments. I run 5K's a couple times a year. Wonder if I would be considered.
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    Quote from Pattyr2001
    Are waivers usually granted for nurses? I just turned 47, I have a BSN and a bachelors in business. I also have a MBA. I am currently a director of surgical services. I am certified in Case management. I have no health ailments. I run 5K's a couple times a year. Wonder if I would be considered.
    Most branches are scaling back right now, and waivers are more difficult to obtain. It's not likely you'd get a waiver, but the answer will always be no if you don't ask -- you could contact a healthcare recruiter.
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.
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    I have been having difficulty getting in touch with a recruiter. Anyone else have had this problem, and how to address it?
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    Quote from ElizabethEPark
    I have been having difficulty getting in touch with a recruiter. Anyone else have had this problem, and how to address it?
    Be persistent. The Army is taking fewer and fewer new grads right now, so their motivation to get in touch with you is greatly decreased. I'm sure recruiters continue to be inundated with requests for info/contact as well. I think the persistence is key. Best of luck in the rest of your BSN program!
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.
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    What are the different branches' maximum number of dependents for the Nurse Candidate Program? I am currently a 27 year old female, married to a Veteran (Army), with 4 children. They are all military brats and are very used to the lifestyle so that is not an issue. I am hoping to start back to college next spring to finish up my Associates Degree. I only have 3 or 4 classes to go but due to a past student loan I am on hold. I am very interested in Pediatric Nursing as my specialty. What are my options?


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