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 someone who is in the... Read More

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    If family is the most important thing to you, like it is me, then don't join. The Navy ALWAYS takes priority. They will tell you that they will work with you and all that, but for the most part they fall way short. (I would be willing to chat offline about this in more detail if you would like, send me a PM). I always tell people if I was single the Navy would be great and I could put up with all that the Navy makes me do. However being married and with kids, I wouldn't do this again. Many, many of my married with kids friends (who haven't been in for 10+ years feel the same).
    As for recruiters, BEWARE! Like I have said over and over here, they are very helpful and will give you tons of info, but often times they leave out the important details that make a HUGE difference. If you are wanting to care for those who have served, you can always work as a civilian in a military facility or the VA. Both are great places to work. I have done both. Good luck.

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    NavyMan7: I would love to chat more about this. I am getting a lot of different feedback and I am really interested in your take. I think I "friended" you, but I don't know how to PM. Let me know if you can figure it out.
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    I am graduating from nursing school this May and looking to get into either the Air Force or the Navy. I was wondering if you had any incite into the major differences. Also I don't want to stay and do the standard nursing in a standard hospital, I understand I have to pay my dues but and was wondering how one would become a part of a FRSS. One of my good friends was a corpsman, just got out after serving 6 years and says he thinks it's what I'd love. I'm really just starting looking into all of this, I just feel like I want to do more for my country and the soldiers who serve it. Any input would be greatly appreciated I feel very naive and when reading a lot of these posts it almost feels like they are in a different language. I want to try to get an accurate picture of what I'd be signing up for.
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    Take a look at some of the earlier posts posted in this forum. Someone has asked about the FRSS here and there are some answers already.
    I can understand your apprehension regarding everything that the military is. If you could post some of your questions here then we can help clear some things up. I can't speak about the Air Force, but read through these posts and it should give you some info regarding the Navy.
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    Hi Navyman7,

    I just got off the phone with a Navy recruiter. I gave some general information (height, weight, what school I graduated from, etc.). I didn't know if I was supposed to ask any other questions. He gave me the phone numbers to an HMC and another Commander. Do I contact them today? Or should I give it another day? The recruiter told me he would be forwarding my information to someone and he took my cell phone number. Do I just wait for now?

    Sorry if these sound like silly questions, but I'm very new to all this. I just want to do what's best & most professional to increase my chances of getting enlisted.

    Currently, I do meet the requirements they have listed online, but my understanding is that it is very competitive to get in. My GPA was a 3.31, not horrible but not the best either. Wondering if that would hinder me... I'm extremely interesting in Critical Care and Emergency medicine.

    Thanks very much in advance.
    Last edit by yourstrulyjmc on Nov 29, '12
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    yours truly jmc: Why does the recruiter want you to call the Chief and the CDR? Are they for phone interviews? I would give them a day or two, and call mid morning or mid afternoon. Most people have been caught up with their daily to do's by then.
    Regarding your cell phone, the recruiter who spoke to you was he a health care recruiter? If not then the recruiter may be forwarding your info to a health care recruiter. If this is also the case, then the purpose of calling the HMC and CDR may to give you an opportunity to ask health care people questions directly.
    Sorry this isn't more helpful, we need more info to really help out. When you get more clarity regarding all this, then come back here for more questions. We may be of more help then. Good Luck.
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    hi Navyman7, thanks for starting this thread! I've been following it and its been really interesting to read. I've never considered joining the navy before but its becoming more of a possibility (definitely reqs more research). I wanted to ask-- is it difficult for navy nurses to get civilian jobs after they leave the navy? I would think that it would make one more competitive, but I have no experience in the area. If you did post this elsewhere, please just link me! Thanks again for all your help.
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    missacheung: I have known many navy nurses who have left the navy and have found jobs right away. However these are some stellar nurses. I am sure that the lazy nurses will have a hard time finding work, they can only fool someone for so long. Plus their evaluations will follow them where ever they go. So far from what I have seen there doesn't seem to be a problem for most good nurses finding work. It just depends on the kind of job they are looking for.
    With that said, the military nurse has an advantage when it comes to finding work in the civilian world. Most civilians have no idea what kind of nursing care we actually do. Most think that all we deal with are combat injuries, traumatic brain injuries, etc. We do have that, but it's not are bread and butter. We have similar patient loads as many hospitals throughout the country. Use that to your advantage if you can. Hope this helps a little.
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    Hi navyman7,
    I've been reading your thread and found it very interesting and informative. I've been a nurse for about 2.5 years and I'm considering joining the Navy. I have a year experience in med-tele, a year in adult neuro-surgical ICU, and I currently work in a pediatric trauma-surgical ICU which is where I stay until I graduate or decide to join. I am currently going through a FNP master's program. However, I realized working with the pediatric population is my passion and I hope to do so in the NP role. I know the Navy has a pediatric specialty. My questions is how likely is it that I would get an APN position in pediatrics? Would I be better off changing my degree to a PNP or would the FNP qualify as it does in the civilian world? Also, would it be better to finish my degree before joining? I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of joining and going where I want with my career. Any suggestions?
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    danigirl, First of all I would say finish your degree first so that the Navy won't become a hinderance to you while you finish school. Secondly I wish I was more learned in the ways of APN but I am not, except for CRNA. I know the Navy utilizes some FNP's but I am not sure in what kind of setting they normally are in. I have seen some NP's work with the various teams that work in the ICU but they don't generally do too much in the unit. As for PNP I have no idea. Your best bet would be to work with a health care recruiter when you are finished with school and see if he can get you in contact with a PNP if the Navy has any. I wouldn't do any kind of paper until you speak to one first otherwise you could end up getting a bad deal. I wish I knew more regarding NP's in general but I am limited in this area, sorry I couldn't be of more help. Good luck.

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