1. what specialty do you work in?
2. who do you work with? i.e. other nurses, medics, techs etc...
i generally work with civilian nurses (including a few lpns), army nurses, medics, and msas (ward clerks).
3. how many patients do you typically have?
usually 4, depends on the day.
4. as a 2nd lt. do your have a team of medics/lpns that work for you? like a squad?
we do room assignments for our medics as part of the patient caring touch/care teams model, but we don't always stick to it. i wouldn't really call it a squad, though. it's rather civilian-ish in practice.
5. how many days a week do you work and for how long? what the day/night cycle like?
i work 12s. right now we're all on mandatory overtime, but guess who doesn't get paid overtime? that's right -- this green-suiter! lol. but it's okay. each unit will be different as far as whether or not you rotate days and nights. right now i'm on nights for a while, but will probably transition back to days in the fall.
6. what is your greatest challenge as an army nurse?
wearing my acus to work in an er. i love my uniform
, but i miss my scrubs
! it's hot. lol
7. what is your greatest reward?
caring for soldiers and family members.
8. what additional duties do you have outside of nursing?
sexual assault nurse examiner, also an assistant head nurse role for our fast track.
9. how often is pt each week? do you do it with you unit or on your own?
we do pt on our own -- it's difficult to manage with shiftwork.
10. what makes a good nurse corps officer?
leadership skills, staying calm under pressure, and remembering that respect is a two-way street.