I want to be an Army nurse!

  1. I am a LPN my mos will be 91wm6. I graduated in feb and have not been satisfied with the nursing experience I am getting, I have had two jobs so far and in both my main purpose is/was passing medications. I really want to use the knowledge I have from school. I also want to join because when I see pictures or watch the news I want to help. So that is why I want to join. Here are my fears, or things people tell me.
    1.Will I really get the experience I am looking for?
    2.Am I too old? I am 23
    3.Will I be worked to death and have no time for friends or relationships?
    4.Will I been able to work on getting my RN while enlisted?
    5.If a first duty station and mos are in my contract could the Army break the contract?
    6.Would the Army be able to not give me the gi bill college money after I get out?
    The Army is something I really want to do but almost everyone I tell says it is a bad decision. Please answer what you can. I really want to hear views of people who are in.
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from feb06
    I am a LPN my mos will be 91wm6. I graduated in feb and have not been satisfied with the nursing experience I am getting, I have had two jobs so far and in both my main purpose is/was passing medications. I really want to use the knowledge I have from school. I also want to join because when I see pictures or watch the news I want to help. So that is why I want to join. Here are my fears, or things people tell me.
    1.Will I really get the experience I am looking for?
    2.Am I too old? I am 23
    3.Will I be worked to death and have no time for friends or relationships?
    4.Will I been able to work on getting my RN while enlisted?
    5.If a first duty station and mos are in my contract could the Army break the contract?
    6.Would the Army be able to not give me the gi bill college money after I get out?
    The Army is something I really want to do but almost everyone I tell says it is a bad decision. Please answer what you can. I really want to hear views of people who are in.
    Enlisted nurses [91WM6] in the AMEDD are very valuable. LPNs in the AMEDD are given more nursing care responsibilities [within the scope of their license] compared to civilian LPNs, IMHO. In fact, I've seen some outstanding M6 nurses in the ICU at Madiagn Army Medical Center. BTW, 23 yrs old is still a puppy.
  4. by   athena55
    Ditto what Corvette Guy said!
    feb06, check out these websites:
    www.goarmy.com/
    http://armynursecorps.ameddarmy.mil
    As has been said before you will eventually need to speak to a health care recruiter.
    Good Luck with your decision. I can only speak for myself, but it was the best thing I had done for myself (becoming a Commissioned Officer in the ANC) I have met so many caring, professional, knowledgeable Soldiers and Officers alike. And the rewards you will reap are many.
    I am a VA Nurse and the spirit of a Veterans Administration Nurse (well, by this VA Nurse) can be summed up by this: "If it is to be, it is up to me" We take care of our Wounded Warriors no matter where they are -- at home, Down Range, in the VA.....
    Respectfully,
    athena
  5. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from athena55
    Ditto what Corvette Guy said!
    feb06, check out these websites:
    www.goarmy.com/
    http://armynursecorps.ameddarmy.mil
    As has been said before you will eventually need to speak to a health care recruiter.
    Good Luck with your decision. I can only speak for myself, but it was the best thing I had done for myself (becoming a Commissioned Officer in the ANC) I have met so many caring, professional, knowledgeable Soldiers and Officers alike. And the rewards you will reap are many.
    I am a VA Nurse and the spirit of a Veterans Administration Nurse (well, by this VA Nurse) can be summed up by this: "If it is to be, it is up to me" We take care of our Wounded Warriors no matter where they are -- at home, Down Range, in the VA.....
    Respectfully,
    athena
    Army Health Care Recruiters only deal with officer candidates. So, the OP will need to go through a standard Army recruiter. Again, being very careful to examine the enlistment contract for guaranteed 91WM6.
  6. by   feb06
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    Enlisted nurses [91WM6] in the AMEDD are very valuable. LPNs in the AMEDD are given more nursing care responsibilities [within the scope of their license] compared to civilian LPNs, IMHO. In fact, I've seen some outstanding M6 nurses in the ICU at Madiagn Army Medical Center. BTW, 23 yrs old is still a puppy.
    Cool Yeah I don't see myself as too old. I just have a lot of people telling me "You should of done that when you were 18 not now"
  7. by   feb06
    Quote from athena55
    Ditto what Corvette Guy said!
    feb06, check out these websites:
    www.goarmy.com/
    http://armynursecorps.ameddarmy.mil
    As has been said before you will eventually need to speak to a health care recruiter.
    Good Luck with your decision. I can only speak for myself, but it was the best thing I had done for myself (becoming a Commissioned Officer in the ANC) I have met so many caring, professional, knowledgeable Soldiers and Officers alike. And the rewards you will reap are many.
    I am a VA Nurse and the spirit of a Veterans Administration Nurse (well, by this VA Nurse) can be summed up by this: "If it is to be, it is up to me" We take care of our Wounded Warriors no matter where they are -- at home, Down Range, in the VA.....
    Respectfully,
    athena
    I really want to take care of the soilders, I have so much repect for them. But joining can be scary. Thanks for the reply
  8. by   olivedrab
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    BTW, 23 yrs old is still a puppy.
    so....when do we grow up to be full-fledged Army Dawgs?
  9. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from olivedrab
    so....when do we grow up to be full-fledged Army Dawgs?
    I've been a Devil Dog as far back as 1980 since completing USMC Boot Camp, at MCRD San Diego.

    OORAH!
  10. by   Corvette Guy
    feb06...

    Update?
  11. by   feb06
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    feb06...

    Update?
    I am having a problem getting in. I have some medical problems but my recruiter is going to resumit my medical records after I have a test done. The medical issues I have are things that I don't take medication for or have any treatments. My doctor is going to write a letter to say that I have no health precautions or treatments or restrictions on my activity, so maybe that will help. I don't understand why they wouldn't let me in with the conditions I have.
  12. by   Gennaver
    Quote from feb06
    I am having a problem getting in. I have some medical problems but my recruiter is going to resumit my medical records after I have a test done. The medical issues I have are things that I don't take medication for or have any treatments. My doctor is going to write a letter to say that I have no health precautions or treatments or restrictions on my activity, so maybe that will help. I don't understand why they wouldn't let me in with the conditions I have.

    I wish you the best luck in the waiver and am sorry that you weren't aware to request the waiver the first time around. Bummer but, hopefully it is only a temporary setback.

    There is one more week before my packet goes before the Fort Knox review and I have such curiousity and concern over it that I have to force myself to be patient and to wait. I hear that once it goes before the board that it takes 30-45 days to find out.

    Good luck again!
    Gen-hoping that all my ducks are in a row and the packet is good to go
  13. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from feb06
    I am having a problem getting in. I have some medical problems but my recruiter is going to resumit my medical records after I have a test done. The medical issues I have are things that I don't take medication for or have any treatments. My doctor is going to write a letter to say that I have no health precautions or treatments or restrictions on my activity, so maybe that will help. I don't understand why they wouldn't let me in with the conditions I have.
    Good luck & keep us posted!
  14. by   IraBeaOasis
    Quote from Gennaver

    There is one more week before my packet goes before the Fort Knox review and I have such curiousity and concern over it that I have to force myself to be patient and to wait. I hear that once it goes before the board that it takes 30-45 days to find out.
    Gennaver,
    My recruiter told me it would be a month or so too, but, as it turned out, the very next week after was when I found out I had been accepted. Here's hoping your wait will be just as short and I wish you and feb06 the best of luck in your endeavors to join up.

    Regards,
    Eric

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