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- Hi Purple Demon,
I really want to thank you for taking the time for promptly responding to my post. I know you must be busy so thank you so much. Here is my history. I started this process last year (March) to be exact. I wasn't told the navy was looking for critical care nurses or else i would have sought out positions then. I was just told they weren't taking many nurses anymore. Nontheless, it was a long drawn out process and I wasn't even told that i needed to have a packet in by august much less october. my packet never got sent up until january and in december my recruiter didnt know that the goal for med/surg had already been met. I found out and told her. I did apply for ICU positions last fall to no avail. However, I am being told as of today that the need is obviously for CC nurses. I worked in a critical care unit but only doing specific treatments. (dont want to reveal too much) Anyway, i havn't actually worked as a critical or icu nurse nor have i had the course. I am interviewing for an ICU position this week in hopes that i can reapply by august 1. I have been a nurse over 14 years with ER, med/surg, experience, etc.....I really want to take the CCRN exam but i do hear its pretty hard, especially since i technically dont have icu experience. At least all my experienced icu friends say it's hard. By the time august rolls around i would only have 3 months icu if i get hired and hopefully the CCRN but that's not a promise. I dont mind being placed in med/surg once im in that's no problem. Are there any other tips you can offer up. How many months experience did you have when you applied. Please tell me your timelines in case i have missed it. I really appreciate all of your help and effort in assisting with this. Again, i'm thinking the CCRN was easier for you because you have some experience and are generally a smart lady. Thanks again and look forward to hearing back from you.
- Mar 21, '12 by Purple_Demon_RNHahaha, do I come off as a lady? That's funny because I'm actually a guy. Anyways, I think I see now why some people get mad at my initial response because I have looked through the rest of the allnurses site. I can see that a lot of people are having trouble finding jobs, which I wasn't aware of how bad it was for this many people. In any case, you've asked a few questions, so here are your answers (this is my nicest and least offensive tone that I have for those out there that are easily offended).
As for how many months of ICU experience I had when I gained accession, I had 6 months of experience. I had a total of 13 months when i began my service. Now it is important to remember that as time goes on, the budget for nursing in the Navy decreases and the obstacles to getting in appear to be increasing. Therefore, please get your CCRN and TNCC before you apply because you'll be much more competitive that way. The board recognizes those two things for sure and they understand how they set you apart from your peers.
My timeline is as follows: I put in my first application as a general nurse accession in December 2010, which is right after I graduated and before I had my license. I found out in February that I was not accepted. I put in my application in May of 2011 as a critical care nurse. In June, I was approved by congress as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, however I didn't find this out until October 2011 because of the possible government shutdown. I received orders November 2011 along with my formal commissioning. I went to ODS on new year's day 2012 and I now work for the United states Navy as a critical care nurse.
With the critical care application, there are advantages. One of the advantages is that you can re-submit it every month. I think with the general application, it is only twice a year, once in August and once in December. I'm not entirely sure about those facts on the general application, but I know for a fact the critical care application is on a rolling basis.
Another tip I have for you is that if you have ER experience and you want to get in the navy, get your CEN. That will also help you. The Navy has different classifications for specialty nurses with experience, certifications, master's degrees, etc. The only thing that would beat out that CEN in your emergency specialty is a master's degree in acute care. In case I didn't make myself clear, emergency nursing is a specialty in the Navy. On that note, obtaining your med/surg certification would also be helpful. Med/surg nursing is also a specialty in the Navy. If there are any other questions you have, just let me know.
- Hey Purple Demon,
Thank you for replying. Haha, sorry yes I guess I did assume you were a lady, so sorry for that. You know I'm generally not that closed minded but nursing is predominantly women.....i'm glad you joined, we need more male nurses. Ok, so it seems like you actually got in pretty quickly considering. Would you be willing to speak to me by phone. I dont know how you PM on this thing so I could give it to you privately. It would make it much easier. I do wish to know more about the degree of difficulty for the exams though. Please let me know. I will try to figure out how i can PM you.
- Mar 21, '12 by Purple_Demon_RNYou have to have a certain amount of posts
- oh wow, that could take forever
I'm going to send you a private message. thanks
- Mar 22, '12 by SailorWifeyPurple, do you know where PACU falls for the navy? I've heard some places refer to it as critical care. It's not exactly CC but perhaps you can provide some insight?
- Mar 22, '12 by Purple_Demon_RNLike I told MB last night, the Navy has several subspecialty codes for nurses. There are subspecialty codes for PACU nurses and the subspecialty codes are different from critical care nurses. If you're asking me whether or not the navy has a need for PACU nurses, I'm not sure. What I can tell you is that the navy is spending crazy amounts of money trying to get periop nurses
- Mar 21 by love2013What is the TNCC? I am a ICU nurse with my CCRN. I have never heard of the TNCC.
- Mar 22 by LunahRN