Life as a Navy nurse (pros and cons) - page 3

by LilBigAl | 153,456 Views | 34 Comments

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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    Quote from Meli23xo
    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
    Thanks, i just posted that yesterday... so not much has changed. I'm just playing the waiting game until they make a decision, unless they need to verify anything on my application or med recs.

    I know that they review applications twice a month, if i recall correctly. You're going to want to talk to another officer, not a recruiter. Recruiter's at a recruiting station recruit enlisted individuals. At least the one's around here do. But that was my first step also, and they just referred me to my Chief Petty Officer (CPO). My CPO is wonderful, and very knowledgeable and she's basically been a beacon of information for me. I'm not too sure what the recruiters down there will have you do, but if they ask you to take the ASVAB, tell them you don't have to, Officers DO NOT take the ASVAB. You don't want them to con you into enlisting. Just have them refer you to a Chief Petty Officer who can get the ball rolling on the application. It's very extensive, you need multiple background checks, many references (professional, colleagues, even references to validate where you've lived the past 7 years!) And your physical exam starts at 6am and lasts until about 12pm or 2, depending on how many people are there. I took mine with a bunch of enlists the other week and do a VERY thorough eval on you. Any medications or surgeries you've had your entire life, you need all the documents on them faxed to your CPO, it's just very extensive and time consuming. I'm happy it's all done. But, there is so much that needs to be gathered that i wouldn't doubt if i missed something, they ask me to verify my information, etc.

    I'm just happy i have my mom's support, I'm her only son and you know how moms get.

    I think the most fun part of the whole process would have to be the phone interview you get to have with two Lieutenant Commanders who are already USN nurses. They were just wonderful, and very thorough also. It was like a job interview, but only 3 times more nerve racking. They check to see how well you speak, not only your answers to their questions. But when they told me about themselves and all the accomplishments they've done, i knew right then, that this was for me.

    I'm very excited. By the way, what state are you in? I'll PM you my number in case you have any questions immediately before your interview or anytime, just text/call. The name's Andrew!
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    Sorry Meli, i don't really know how to PM on here.. if you do just PM.

    But one more thing i just remembered...

    If you are interested in furthering your education with the NAVY and want to get your masters or Doctorate, they bread all their own DNPs and CRNAs and i believe the school is in Washington DC. But they have a lot of specialties, much like civi nurses do. But, in order to go on to your MSN, you need to prove your proficient in the MED/SURG unit for 1-2 years, i can't remember exactly how long. That's their stipulation, and you'll have to pay back the money they pay your schooling with, with service time. I'm thinking about retiring with them so it's ok with me.
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    Hi Pitbull2008,

    I've been browsing around this site, trying to get a feel for everything, and I saw your posts about your expriences with getting into the Navy (I know these posts are over a year ago, hopefully you'll see this!) I'd very much like to join the Navy either while I'm in nursing school (hope to get accepted to OHSU this summer) or after I graduate. I have two uncles and an aunt that served, plus I feel like it's something I really should do, lots of excellent learning opportunities and experiences. But reading over what it takes to apply makes me so nervous! I have some medical history including two surgeries (ACL repair and rehab at 23, tonsils out at 24) plus I've been to councilors for various issues including depression. I know that lying to the MEPS is a federal offense, and I fully intend to be honest and own everything in my past. Do you have any insight or advice for someone else going through this process? I know my records will be like an open book, and I might not even get accepted. I guess what I'm trying to ask is, any ideas for someone who is really nervous about the whole process of strangers looking at everything about you?

    Thank you very much, hope to hear from you (or anyone else who may have insights or advice)

    shrkbyte
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    It wasn't a year ago, It was just a couple months ago.

    I'd say don't be nervous, and don't let them know that you're nervous... or just get over it.

    If they see that you can't handle applying to a very demanding position, then they'll know you can't handle the very position you're applying for. Trust me on that. The interviewers who have been Navy nurses for 10-15 years told me that there will be times when you know you can't do it. But you're going to have to. And they tell you that everyday is going to get harder but you have to push through it. I see it as a challenge because i'm competitive.

    If you have the will to do it, you will get it going. If you don't.. well then you must not want it that bad. And that's ok. Not everyone does this. Not everyone invests this amount of time into a job... years before they're going to graduate. But if you really really want this.. then you'll find a way to get it. Just get started.

    Also, if you can't handle people knowing everything about you, that's the way it's going to be from the day you get in, until the day you get out. Gotta get over that.

    The depression thing is iffy. I remember they did a specific mental analysis on me that took all of 30 minutes, and i had no prior thoughts of suicide, depression or any of that. SO, i don't know what else they'll ask you as far as going into detail. I'm sure if you have paperwork to document that you're fine that they'll be ok with it, or want more info.

    I'm not trying to discourage you, but it sounds like you're already psyching yourself out of it, and have made up your mind. But that's just my take on it. I'm pragmatic.
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    Hello Pitbull2008,
    I am in the process of completing the necessary paperwork for the NCP and was wondering if you had heard back from them yet or qualified for the aid. According to your previous posts you mentioned how there were only 7 more spots as of OCT 2011... I talked to a nurse recruiter from San Diego who sent me all of the forms and he said that 38 out of 65 spots were filled for this fiscal year. Thanks for the helpful posts and hope to hear from you soon. I have so many questions as this is such a big decision!

    miguelli1989
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    Quote from miguelli1989
    Hello Pitbull2008,
    I am in the process of completing the necessary paperwork for the NCP and was wondering if you had heard back from them yet or qualified for the aid. According to your previous posts you mentioned how there were only 7 more spots as of OCT 2011... I talked to a nurse recruiter from San Diego who sent me all of the forms and he said that 38 out of 65 spots were filled for this fiscal year. Thanks for the helpful posts and hope to hear from you soon. I have so many questions as this is such a big decision!

    miguelli1989
    There are only 7 spots as of October 2011 for the 2014 year. Not sure if you meant that or for this year. But that's what i heard from my CPO then. But i did end up going to my CPO and OPO today to get some finalizing done on my app. I've been done since december but HQ keeps sending it back saying i need "this" and need "that." I'm not sure if i really need it or not but i figured they might be testing me. And so far, i've done everything they've asked. I started out with the minimum 2 references, ended up getting 3 to be safe, and now i'm up to 7. So, i think they're running me through the ringer. But i'll keep my head up and let everyone know when i hear back.
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    Let me know if you have anymore Questions
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    thanks! after the you initially turned in your paper work, how long dd it take for them to reply?
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    You need to remember that the military comes first and the detailers will put you where they need you first. I know many dual military families and see how difficult is on them. One of them typically has to commute 1-2 hrs at least for the dual military option to work. I would not wish that on anyone unless they were an enemy.
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    Once again I see too many comments and way too much advice from people who are not in the Navy. Please get your advice/info from the source directly otherwise you may have serious regrets. feel free to browse the questions in the thread titled: military nursing questions answered. I try to answer all the questions that come up. Many of the same questions here are also asked there too. Hope this provides some helpful info.


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