I am working on an application to the Civilian Medical Corps for nursing jobs
in Germany, preference is Landstuhl. I have 2 years of experience working in cardiac telemetry, and I'll pretty much take any job they give me. But I do want to eventually do ICU or ER. And eventually eventually - CRNA.
I have lots of questions: Are civilian nurses treated differently by their co-workers than military nurses? How easy is it to transfer from one department in the hospital to another once you have experience there? I understand appointments are made for 3 years. Does that mean you will work the job you are assigned to for 3 years or can you change units during that 3 years time? Would my 2 years of cardiac tele experience qualify me to push for an ICU job? I don't have the training to walk on the job to a busy trauma ICU. But I learn fast. Will they train me stateside for my job or on site @ Landstuhl if I am hired?
A little background: I have wanted to join the Army or the Navy for nearly 10 years, but because I have Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome and therefore an abnormal EKG, I cannot pass the physical. The Civilian Medical Corps offers an awesome alternative, particularly because I do have a family now. It allows me to choose where I want to go but I still get to serve my country and be of service to the wounded and sick men and women who are in the military. I am having trouble expressing these idealistic reasons without sounding super dumb in my cover letter. Also, don't think it's a good idea to highlight my heart arrhythmia to a potential employer. Any advice on what kinds of things to highlight in my cover letter? I am keen on Germany from having spent a semester there in college and I think it's a great place to raise my son. My husband went to graduate school in Switzerland and has a fondness for Europe as well. We like adventures and this sounds great! We'd be living on only my salary, he'd stay at home until he also found a civilian job or was somehow able to obtain a work visa.
Anyway, all feedback is much appreciated!