Let me get this straight, you are advising folks to join the Navy,
*** No you have it very crooked. I am NOT advising people to join the navy or army. My post was intended for those who are current or former corpsmen or medics.
go through the request and wait to balance being accepted to the corpsman training program, fulfill your service obligation, (three or four years?) and then to move to California, set up residence in order to petition and challange the boards,
*** I have never been a Ca resident. It is not a requirement to be a Ca resident to challenge to boards. Currently there are plenty of corpsmen and former corpsmen in Ca who could do this.
(what, another year or so) then to move to Wisconsin, set up residence and apply for and go through the hoops to join a junior college/technical college associate's degree granting school,
*** I happen to be a Wisconsin resident but it is not required and the only benefit of being a resident is tuition is much cheaper. The "hoops" to join are insignificant and consist mainly of acquiring your military transcripts and having them sent to the school. Many of the technical colleges have no waiting list for their LPN to RN bridge programs.
then to clepout of many of their tests and then in 9 more months you can complete the bridge to associate's rn degree?
*** I don't know where you get the "9 more months". I called the technical college on August 14 2005 to inquire about going to nursing school
. I started classes on August 26 2005, graduated May 25 2006 and had a month off between semesters. I think most people who have served 4 or more years in the military will be able to CLEP out of many of their classes without study. The technical college also offers a challenge exam for A&P which I took and passed with a 92% based on my training in the army. I didn't study, I took the test half an hour after I was told about it.
There are more routes than one towards the RN license and if someone is interested in your route, good for them, however, I wanted to be an RN prior to commissioning in as an officer.
*** Not really an option for many people. Me for example, most of your current active duty corpsmen and medics for another example.
Oh, wait, as an associate degree nurse a person wouldn't be able to be in the Military,
*** As an officer in the nurse corps you mean. They certainly can and do in other areas. I know one who is a warrant officer pilot for the army. I will graduate from an RN to BSN program in June (paid for by the hospital I work at) and could then be commissioned in any of the four uniformed services nurse corps, which is exactly my plan.
(unless it was Army Reserves)
*** ALso the Air National Guard commissions ADN RNs .
so, possibly the Military nursing forum isn't the best place to post this.
*** We will have to agree to disagree. As I made clear in the subject line this post is directed at navy corpsmen and army medics, not civilians who want to be military nurses. That's why I put "corpsmen and medics" in the subject line.
The path I took to being an RN worked well for me and allowed me to start making decent money in less than a year. I am willing to bet that many soon to be discharged corpsmen and medics would be interested. I have posted similar messages to several of the veterans discussion boards I frequent. I used to read this site when I was an enlisted medic and I thought some others might too.
I don't appreciate the condescending tone of your message and am baffled by it. It's no skin off your nose if some military medics are looking to make a decent living after they get out of the service as RNs and this is one way they could do that. I was greatfull that I was told about this path, I thought I would pass it on. I am just a staff nurses in an ICU, I have nothing to gain if others do as I have done.