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Military Nursing Questions Answered - page 14

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

  1. Visit  DSchulte99 profile page
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    resignrn,

    It will all depend on your subspeciality code. If you have at least 2 years as a BSN with PICU experience. You can get your 1922 code. That would be your best chance of getting back into the PICU. I have seen nurses come in with ICU experience without a BSN and had to start all over on medsurg. Even then it all depends on where you get orders to. Some hospitals do not even have a peds floor. Like navyman said it also depends on your DNS. They may stick you on a medsurg floor to learn how to be an officer. When I was at ODS most of the nurses that came in with subspecialty codes went to the BIG 3 then some new grads and the rest of us got stuck at the medium size hospitals.

    emt0089

    I know you directed that at navyman but I figured I'd help out.

    1) The programs I know of are NCP, ROTC, and direct commission. If you are prior enlisted then there is MECPS.

    2) Everyone will tell you different. I was accepted with a 3.7 GPA no extracurricular activities and no volunteer work. However, I had recommendations from nurses in and out of the military. In addition to that I have a very long family history serving in the military and emphasized on that in my essay.

    3) 12 hour shifts. 3 one week and 4 the next. You switch between night and days depending on your floor schedule. In addition to that you have a collateral duty or duties. Some are lucky enough to complete these during their shift others have meetings on their days off and are expected to be there. I put in about 10 hours every month of my off time for my duties.
  2. Visit  pandabear2185 profile page
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    Hi navyman7-
    I'm ICU-CCU BSN with 3 yrs exp which included 6mo of medsurg exp. what kinds of other things are needed to prepare a packet? I'm looking at reserves right now. A recruiter is looking into my medical issues to see what kind of docs are needed for waivers. But I'm sure there is more to a package beside medical. Can you speak to the app process and what kinda if stuff it asks or what types of files are required? Thx-- pandabear2185
  3. Visit  gypsywillow profile page
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    navyman7,
    I am all new to military stuff. Have a question about the navy reserves, which I know isn't your "specialty". But can't seem to find a nurse recruiter to answer my questions, so here I am. So, wanting to go into the reserves... I graduated in March with an ADN and have passed my NCLEX, so I have my RN. I have no working RN experience yet. I am enrolled to start a BSN program this fall. However, I have a previous degree - Bachelor of Science in psychology/biology. I've seen conflicting info on whether the reserves will take you with an ADN. Do you know??
  4. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    According to the Navy Reserve website, you need a BSN. Nurse: NavyReserve.com and Nursing : Health Care : Navy Reserve have that info.

    I think the Army was actually the last branch that would take ADNs in the Reserves, but that changed a couple of years ago as well. I believe it's BSN only across the board.
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  5. Visit  gypsywillow profile page
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    thank you so much!
  6. Visit  navyman7 profile page
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    Pandabear:
    I am sorry to say but the recruiter would be the best one to answer your question. It's been so long since I came in that I don't remember what kinds of things that help an application look good. I do know that grades, and experience go a long way.
    As mentioned before, I don't think that any branch accepts AD Nurses anymore. Not even the reserves. Also, just because you join the reserves doesn't mean that you won't deploy. In fact more reserve nurses seem to be deploying these days vs active duty. Not sure why that's the trend right now but that's what I am seeing.
  7. Visit  pandabear2185 profile page
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    Thanks Navyman-

    It's frustrating, the recruiters can be elusive. Im half tempted to just go up to LA for a visit. I've got some med issues, not of which seem to be PDQ but may require waivers. And if its really competitive especially with the draw down then who knows if I could even get them. I've got my BSN and I'm studying for my ccrn now. I'm trying to get more involved at work. I heard they need ICU/CC nurses, but I'm looking at reserves so it might be different. Is there any word on what the services are looking for or how competitive it really is for direct commission? How did you decide after you got your commission where you were going to go? Wish list? Did you go ICU? I know that the needs of Big Blue trump all but do they have a list of the different jobs/facilities?
    Thanks! Your thread is a great source of info, especially since he navy websites are horrible.
  8. Visit  pandabear2185 profile page
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    Navyman, one more thing, did you have to qual on the m9 or other weapon. I'm not against guns but if you do, would it be good to get some training ahead of time. I heard DCOIC is only 2 wks, doesn't leave a lot of time
  9. Visit  DSchulte99 profile page
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    You don't qual at ODS. You can sign up for times at the range occasionally otherwise you will when you deploy to a hot spot. The qual is real easy If you are half way competent with firearms. One of the easiest ribbons to get so you don't just have a ketchup stain on your khakis.
  10. Visit  SNL00 profile page
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    Hi,
    I'm considering all branches of the military to start my nursing career after nursing school. Can anyone shed any light on the quality of life as an navy nurse? How is living on a ship being the minority and do u feel safe?
    I'm interested in becoming a critical care nurse.
    Thanks in advance
  11. Visit  SNL00 profile page
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    Hi,*
    I'm considering all branches of the military to start my nursing career after nursing school. Can anyone shed any light on the quality of life as an navy nurse? How is living on a ship being the minority and do u feel safe?
    I'm interested in becoming a critical care nurse.*
    Thanks in advance
  12. Visit  calledtoserve profile page
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    Quote from DSchulte99
    You don't qual at ODS. You can sign up for times at the range occasionally otherwise you will when you deploy to a hot spot. The qual is real easy If you are half way competent with firearms. One of the easiest ribbons to get so you don't just have a ketchup stain on your khakis.
    "sign up for times at the range" as in... during ODS at OTC Newport (vs. having to wait 'til after graduation)? If so, you just made my day, because I check in to ODS this weekend & no matter how bad I am at sit-ups, at least I can shoot straight... so I want Expert rifle & pistol ribbons ASAP!!
  13. Visit  DSchulte99 profile page
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    No at your command. Good luck having "free time" at ODS.

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