Life as a Navy nurse (pros and cons) - page 4

by LilBigAl 149,969 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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    In regards to hours and schedules, I am sorry to say that you work whatever they tell you to work. I typically work 13.5+ a shift. I have worked 16hrs straight and was told that I have to stay and cover the next shift because we don't have anyone else to work. It sucks. You may work 12hrs/day, 5-6 days a week. I have friends that have to work that schedule, and forget about over time or taking those 30 days of vacation a year. You may collect 30 days of vacation but you won't get to use it. Sorry to break the news to you.
    Last edit by navyman7 on Feb 16, '12
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    Emily: see my post in military nursing questions answered. I lay out a day in that thread.
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    skrkbyte: meps does basic paperwork and basic mental/physical eval. I have met people that are bipolar and are depressed and have made it into the Navy. If you are functional then you should be fine. Don't worry about MEPS, that's the easiest part of the app process. Just focus on school (grades) as that will have a bigger effect on whether you get into the Navy or not.
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    Hi! My husband is in the US Army and I wanted to know how difficult it would be to be stationed at the same location if I decided to join the Navy nurse corps. Would they deploy me if he happened to be deployed at the moment? We have two children and that is my main concern.
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    futnurse0424: you have to think about where the nearest navy and army bases are first. If there are some that are close they will do there best to place you close but they don't have to. You would be better off if you were both navy or at least navy/marines. It would be a easier placement that way. Remember the Navy comes first above everything. If I were you I would try and get a civilian job at whatever army base hospital/clinic your husband is stationed at. It will be far easier on you and your husband. Also, since both of you are not the same branch of military, there is a very good chance that you both could be deployed at the same time. That becomes a huge issue if you have kids or want kids in the future. Lots of variables in your situation, good luck with that.


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