Life as a Navy nurse (pros and cons) - page 2

by LilBigAl

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Hello all, I've been thinking about making the Navy my new home (with my wife and 4 children) so I've contacted a recruiter and all is looking well so far. I'm 33 years old and an experienced critical care nurse. My wife is a... Read More


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    i am 23 and am currently working towards my lvn however i am planning on doing a lvn to bsn bridge primarily so i may join the navy. I love medicine however i do have dreams of working directly with men on the ground i.e marine infantry, seals etc. is this at all possible? In the navy or any service is this at all possible? also does anyone have any advice as to wheather i should join after i get my lvn as a reserve or should i just wait to join until i complete my bsn? please any advice/ insight/info is very appreciated.
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    IN the Navy can you pick the shifts that you want to work?
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    Quote from aaronracca
    i am 23 and am currently working towards my lvn however i am planning on doing a lvn to bsn bridge primarily so i may join the navy. I love medicine however i do have dreams of working directly with men on the ground i.e marine infantry, seals etc. is this at all possible? In the navy or any service is this at all possible? also does anyone have any advice as to wheather i should join after i get my lvn as a reserve or should i just wait to join until i complete my bsn? please any advice/ insight/info is very appreciated.
    As prior enlisted Navy (ABE2); I will tell you if you go in with LVN/LPN you will be an enlisted corpsman and unless you get a guaranteed C School in your contract theres no telling what youre specific duty assignment will be. Im Currently Working on my RN to go back with a commission. In the Navy, wearing Khaki increases your quality of life 10 fold no matter the rate. So id hold off and get the BSN first if your dream is to go Navy.

    As far as Boots on the Ground, you can sign up for specific tours as a nurse. But if you take Orders to a Marine base or squad or whatever they call it, Your chances of going are even with theirs.

    SEALS is a special program with an Insane Attrition rate. And if you dont make it, any bonus, push button rank, school guarantee, etc goes out the window with it. They then usually give you some rate choices you can pursue that are in high demand or go what they call undesignated (Enlisted of course). As for the officer side of seals...not a clue.

    You can however get a commission in the ARMY Reserve with an ADN if thats something you would like to try.

    As for picking your shift....Ive never seen such an animal in the Navy. Could have changed or be different for Officers...But i Doubt it.
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    Are you able to pick your own shift as a Navy Nurse Officer
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    I am a ICU/CCU nurse I also work perdiem as ER nurse and perdiem as flight nurse i wll be done with my Bachelors in March two classes shy, does anyone know how I can get into CRNA program do I join military or do I do it as a civilian?
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    What is life like at one of the Navy Hospitals, for example, in San Diego? How intense are the work days? Do you see the same things over and over?
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    I couldn't find any info on here about the waiting list for nurses. I've heard there is a 2 year wait for nurses trying to get into the Navy. Is this true? Are they still offering a sign on bonus to nurses as of 2011?
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    I am a RN, 29 yo, married with 4 children and I am in the process of joining. They are offering sign on bonuses at this time-I believe $20,000 for 2 yrs and $30,000 for 3. I am planning on going in until I retire since that is part of the perks for me. From my research I believe that it is a great opportunity, sign on bonus, if you extend your stay they repay school loans up to $40,000, free health care, housing allowances if not on base and no housing cost if on base, and my family and I are wanting to travel. Good luck to you.
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    Quote from nydoll911
    I am a RN, 29 yo, married with 4 children and I am in the process of joining. They are offering sign on bonuses at this time-I believe $20,000 for 2 yrs and $30,000 for 3. I am planning on going in until I retire since that is part of the perks for me. From my research I believe that it is a great opportunity, sign on bonus, if you extend your stay they repay school loans up to $40,000, free health care, housing allowances if not on base and no housing cost if on base, and my family and I are wanting to travel. Good luck to you.
    Who told you they'd repay school loans up to 40k? I am in the process currently of applying into the program, took me 3 weeks to finish the entire application and get my medical exam done by MEPS. My CPO said they don't do Loan repayment programs anymore. But i'm getting 5k starting my junior year, and 1k every month until i graduate and 5k Christmas of my junior year.

    As far as applying 2 years in advance, you don't have to, but it's encouraged if you know that this is something you want to do. I'm applying now and i'm only a sophomore in the program. But! i'm glad that i looked into it because there were only 7 spots open for 2014 as of October 2011. Like I said, i just finished my app and i'll know next month.

    i ask that everyone could please pray for me. This is something I've wanted to do since i was 10 years old.

    And if anyone has any questions about the process, i'd be more than happy to help in any way i can.

    Maybe i should start my own thread on here about my process....
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    Hey pitbill2o08,

    Just following up with you to see how it went? Hopefully ok, I actually have an app. Friday to meet with a recruiter I just wanted to see if you could give me some quick feedback on what they told you.

    Thanks and all my best wishes


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