I've been looking through a few "civilian nursing on military base" threads and am not finding the particular information I need (nor any info that was posted more recently than 5 years ago). Let me first apologize if my post is a bit lengthy....I'm just trying to find any and all information I may need, and am trying to give everyone the full picture of where I am coming from
Ok, so to start: just graduated with my BSN last year, May 2010. Just got my license this Jan 2011. Have been working as an at home nurse for a quadriplegic female teenager who is vent dependent and is on a home vent. Am trying to apply to local hospitals so I can acquire my year experience necessarry to apply for a civilian position. (Let me also specify that I am solely trying to work at an overseas base) --
Question #1: An officer's wife (friend of mine) suggested as soon as I get licensed, to apply for the listed civilian positions because this kind of paperwork is a long process. However, I do not have a year experience as a licensed RN, nor do I have hospital experience; only my home care experience. So, is that a good suggestion, or will the human resources dept for civilian nurses look at my application and laugh?
Question #2: If I do not succeed at obtaining a hospital job, for whatever reason, I may have an opportunity to work at an outpatient surgical center in their PACU. But I was told by someone else that hospital experience would look better and be a better experience. Any suggestions for what the overseas military facilities will be looking for?
Question #3: Has anyone else been in a similar situation to mine (or known someone who has) and would you mind telling me how everything worked out for you/them? **By similar situation, I mean: not having a spouse in military; trying to go overseas, and starting with little/no hospital experience.
Any and all answers would be greatly appreciated! I am also just trying to get a good grasp on how this whole process would work for someone who has no ties to the military (no spouse, etc). If you are a detailed writer, GREAT! I love lots of details and lots of help.
Thanks so much in advance! I truly truly appreciate it!!!