Military Nursing Questions Answered - page 12
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Hello. I have seen many questions posted about the recruiting, the military, and future military experiences, I wanted to start a Q & A forum where you can ask questions related to the military from someone who is in the... Read More
- 0Sep 19, '12 by Melissa ICU RNI am a recent BSN grad applying for Navy nursing. I have applied for the officer candidate program twice while in school but I did an accelerated BSN program and the time was off both times and I couldn't get in. So, now that I'm done I'm trying again. I also have the desire to become a CRNA. What have you found about DUINS? I'm starting nursing a little later in life (I'm 31) and don't really want to wait forever to be able to get the chance to get into a CRNA school. I just started a civilian job in an ICU step-down unit since I couldn't land an ICU job as a new grad. Thought that would be a good option to set me up for ICU either with or without the Navy. I would appreciate any info you want to provide. Thanks!!
- 0Sep 23, '12 by StelthBy joining the military or staying civilian you are a long ways away from becoming a CRNA. As you know you must get into an ICU not a stepdown unit. It is easy to land a job in the ICU right out of school. Sorry you couldn't. You can always try to transfer now. Or just stay where you are in a step down unit as a civilian.
- 0Sep 25, '12 by navyman7MelissaD,
Age isn't really an issue in the Navy as long as you are in the Navy then you are eligible to apply for DUINS (if you meet all the other requirements too of course). What kinds of things are you wanting to know about DUINS?
Your step down nursing experience will be a benefit to you when you apply to the Navy. Don't give up your current job as a BSN until you get more than 1 year of experience in. This will help you when you apply and it will help you with obtaining an adjusted date of rank which will allow you to promote faster. Let me know what other kinds of questions you have.
- 0Sep 28, '12 by MA-NurseHello,
Im currently 27 and Im going to school for my RN. I went to the navy website and Im trying to find out as much info as I can regarding the Navy Reserves and the Navy nursing program. I had thought of doing Reserves while in school and then going active duty once I graduate. I want to become successful and all aspect of my nursing career . But I have a few questions
Should I finish School and get my BSN in Nursing then apply for the navy?
If I join reserve can I still continue going to school ?
Will the navy pay for my books?
What type of training im going to do?
Where will I be stationed?
Thansk for your help!
- 0Oct 15, '12 by im_an_honest_1Hi,
I have my BSN and 3+ years experience in Labor and Delivery. I've seen a lot of posts about ICU RN's and the Navy. Do you have any knowledge about how it works for those that don't have a critical care/Med-Surg/ER background? I've never worked any area other than OB. My other question is - I know a lot of people posting on here want to be deployed - however I don't. I would like to stay stateside. I have a large family and at 34 years old I have 4 children, 2 stepchildren and a grandchild. What is the likelihood of having to be deployed for someone who specializes in OB do you think? I am just starting to look into possibly contacting a recruiter but I'm hesistant at this very beginning stage because I don't want to be hounded if I decide this isn't for me. I need to do a whole lot of physical conditioning to make the Physical requirements - though I easily meet the height/weight requirements. Also, what's the difference between DA & NCP. Thanks in advance for any advice/guidance anyone can provide.
- 0Oct 19, '12 by navyman7MA Nurse,
You can join the reserves, but unless you already have your BSN you will become an enlisted personell and the Navy will own you. After you finish your contract for the navy then you can utilize your GI Bill and then use that to pay for nursing school. There are a few ways to get the Navy to pay for your schooling such as ROTC, and the NCP program. You need to start by talking to a health care recruiter and go from there.
- 0Oct 19, '12 by navyman7imanhonest one: Lots of questions to answer here. Overall I would say that the Navy is NOT for you. The Navy may say that you won't deploy but that is not guaranteed. People deploy all the time and it would be up to you to find a way to have your kids watched. The Navy comes first, always.
As for OB, if you have OB experience then getting into OB shouldn't be a problem. Again, nothing is 100%. As for contacting a recruiter, they won't harass you. They have many people looking into becoming a navy nurse, too many in fact. So if you don't want it, they most likey won't pursue you.
DA is direct accession. This means that if you are a BSN licensed RN then you can join the Navy and recieve a signing bonus for X amount of years. The NCP program is for people in a BSN program who are looking to join the Navy and would like to get some financial help while in school. Good luck.