Quote from RN4NICU
I am against it. They did not function as RNs in the military, they should not function as RNs in the civilian world without getting the education just like everyone else. Allowing them to sit for LPN boards, I can see - the function/experience is probably similar. This is just from information that my prior-military friends have given me. From what they have told me about their experience and training, in no way are they qualified to function as RNs without additional education or training.
I agree.. as an ex (Air Force) corpsman myself, I would say I have performed duties well above and beyond those of many a civilian LPN... HOWEVER.... I see these now more as learned tasks, and that I did not have the academic fundamentals which helped me understand the whys and wherefores of these tasks.. nor the many complications that could arise. Was I skilled at the duties I performed? Absolutely ! Did I love what I did on a daily basis ? You bet ! So while my "nursing tasks" were waaaaaaaaaay beyond those of an LPN, the academic portion would have been equivalent.
I agree.. by all means, they should be able to transfer automatically to civilian LPN, then get the academics... the pharmacology and everything else they need to bridge to RN.
Cookie.. I do remember the nurses doing a lot of the paperwork, and a lot of telling us corpsmen what to do.. and when. While they were the ones that decided WHAT needed to be done for which patients... most of this was then accomplished by the corpsmen.. whose training IS quite extensive and ongoing... and the means by which to achieve rank. so it is an incentive, as well.
That is not to say that the nurses couldn't have jumped in there and done this themselves.. it was merely a matter of time and preference. They did have a full plate of their own with all the administrative work and charting,etc... and they were confident in our abilities. While they supervised, they were never intrusive or "obvious" about it.. unless we asked for instruction, guidance, or further teaching on a specific problem or procedure.
And, there were always those things we could NOT do.. (not too many things actually), but yes.. there were some. The nurses were usually pretty good at taking us along and teaching us things.. all of this was valuable to me.
From your post, I can see that you will make one great nurse and coworker.. you should have no problem bonding with and supervising your corpsmen.. and being a great mentor as well.
This proud Navy Mom of a Navy sailor/son wishes you the very best in your endeavors ! Wooooooot !