Military Nursing Questions Answered - page 13
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... Read More
Dec 13, '12 by austeremedNavyman7,
It's a hard decision. The more I think about it, the more I dread the endless hours of CBTs, and training of which most of it is military and not medically oriented. At the same time, the benefits for school are outstanding (yes grad school, CRNA is up my alley). The AF's deployments have been extended from a lengthy four months to six (I know, the least of the Armed Forces!). What I need is a crystal ball....
Thanks for your experience and good luck on the apps that you have out there for CRNA school, I am sure you will get scooped up quickly!
Dec 24, '12 by jagnurse12Hello everyone!
I am a new BSN grad (fall '12) with a strong desire to join the military as an Air Force Nurse. I haven't taken the NCLEX yet but as soon as I pass the licensure exam I would like to be commissioned. I am aware that the military is downsizing, and my fear is that they will not have a need for me (especially a new grad). Can someone please tell me what are my chances of being accepted into the Air Force as a new grad? I have a 3.3 gpa with seven months worth of nurse tech experience at a local hospital in Louisiana. Also, I have not contacted any recruiters as of now but I plan on scheduling a meeting with them in the beginning of January. What would be some good questions to ask the recruiters to ensure that I obtain the most info as possible. Thank you in advance!!
Jan 1, '13 by simmapleaseI will graduate with my ADN in just a few months and I have already been accepted into an MSN program to start immediately after graduation. Will I still be considered if I am enrolled in a higher degree program?
Jan 3, '13 by navyman7Simmaplease: I am sorry to say that I can't help you with that question. You will definitely need to speak to a recruiter. So many variables with you; masters degree issue (depending on the degree type), experience issue, pay and rank, where to work etc. Just weigh your options carefully. Good luck.
Jan 3, '13 by navyman7jagnurse: you also will need to work with a recruiter. With so many applicants I can't predict what GPA they are starting at. I would say that the more experience as a RN that you have the more marketable you will become. The CNA type experience is helpful but won't weigh in too much. They want licensed individuals with experience. But maybe you can get lucky. Can't hurt to try. Just work on the experience part too.
Jan 7, '13 by jarmstrong108I am interested in NROTC for nursing, but came across an age limit for the Nurse Scholarship Program (23 years old) - I am turning 27 in a few months...am I completely disqualified from this scholarship, or are there any exceptions to this age limit? If the age limit is strict, does that mean I cannot apply for the NROTC nursing program as a whole, or does it just mean I cannot apply for the scholarship only? Worst case scenario, what are the other options for nursing with NROTC and how would/could they be paid for?
Jan 8, '13 by Mslecia20Quote from jarmstrong108You can still attend ROTC you just can't apply for the scholarship. You can try the NCP Which is the navy nurse candidate program scholarship. If you get that I don't really see a need to attend NROTC with you being guaranteed a commission upon passing NCLEX it will just be extra work.I am interested in NROTC for nursing, but came across an age limit for the Nurse Scholarship Program (23 years old) - I am turning 27 in a few months...am I completely disqualified from this scholarship, or are there any exceptions to this age limit? If the age limit is strict, does that mean I cannot apply for the NROTC nursing program as a whole, or does it just mean I cannot apply for the scholarship only? Worst case scenario, what are the other options for nursing with NROTC and how would/could they be paid for?
Jan 9, '13 by jarmstrong108Thanks for the info - sounds like I have a few more things to talk to a recruiter about!
Mar 27, '13 by rgr22This post is directed probably toward Navyman, or really anyone in the USN.
Have you seen or even heard of commissioned officers in the navy (line officers) conducting a lateral transfer to the nurse corps? And if so, did they have their RN/BSN first or was there ever a case you know of that the Navy put them through a second degree BSN program, etc.?Last edit by rgr22 on Mar 27, '13
Mar 29, '13 by reisingrnHello! I have been a pediatric intensive care nurse for 4.5 years and graduated with a BSN. I currently work for a military hospital in a part of the country with heavy military influence. I have seen so many people who have had great experiences in the military and I am trying to figure out if this is my path or not. I am not partial to any branch at this point. I feel like it would provide me with many life changing opportunities. Am I crazy? Would I have any chance of getting to stay in my happy PICU land, or would they ship me right next door to big people ICU. yikes! Do you all have regrets once you have signed? Are PICU nurses likely to deploy? I would figure that they would be because children are not protected from war. Idk, thoughts?
Apr 3, '13 by emt0089Hello navyman7,
I just happened to stumble upon this thread of FAQ about Navy nursing -- this has been a great find and thank you for providing the information you have so far!
I am a 24 year old female (single with no dependents or medical history) and have just been accepted to an accredited BSN program for the Fall 2013 which will take me 3 years full-time to complete. I have been seriously considering an Active Duty career as a nurse in the military for a long time. I have spoken to a Navy Healthcare Recruiter and she said that when I have 2 years of school left to apply for the Navy Nurse Candidate Program.
The NNCP is still an option for me at this point, but coming from someone who is not a recruiter and with your experience in the Navy I wanted to know:
1. Are there any other routes to becoming a navy nurse besides the NNCP? Just in case there is anything I might be unaware of.
2. Would you be able to offer any advice regarding how I can bee seen as a competitive applicant? What does the Navy look for and want to see in a nurse?
3. What is a typical day as a navy nurse like?
Thank you in advance, it's greatly appreciated!
Apr 23, '13 by navyman7RGR 22,
I know of an Anesthesiologist (MDA) who was a prior nurse. Also it's not uncommon to meet former SEALS/Pilots who have left that area to become PA's or something like that. I think in most cases, they utilize some sort of scholarship program or use their GI Bill to get their degrees. You would need to speak to someone who has actually done it, otherwise I think that any info from a recruiter would be based on speculation.
Apr 23, '13 by navyman7RESINGRN,
Typically they would place you in the PICU because you have a specialty that takes time to train people in. Now things are changing at our hospital where they may put you somewhere regardless of your training and wants because they think that you need to learn how to be an officer first and then you can move to a specialty area. It's a load of crap! But that's what I am seeing at NMCSD. Hopefully not the case at other places. Good luck.