Military Nursing Questions Answered - page 2
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
0Jan 25, '12 by gypsyd8I actually had some questions but felt some trepidation about asking as most of the respondents are speaking a different language. Ill try to make this short.
After 5 years of nursing I spoke to a recruiter about joining. He realized that I already had my RN and eventually connected me with an AMEDD recruiter who after talking to me awhile basically said I had to get my BSN. I did, graduated in May, and after some runaround finally got in touch with another representative who said that now I am too old. Before I graduated the cutoff was 40 something but now its 30 something (I'm 37). I figured oh well, but its still bugging me. Perhaps I am too old and it wasn't meant to be but I don't see the harm in exploring all my options. I transferred to the unit so now I have that experience as well. Would they really discount an experienced provider due to age? I have at least another 20 years of work in me, probably more. I fully intend on getting my Master's. I was originally looking at the Army but I would consider another branch.
0Jan 25, '12 by SheepwithagunI'm toying around with the idea of joining the Navy, but the only specialty I want to do is OR nursing. I'm a RN, BSN with 1 year OR experience (at a level 1 trauma center if that helps?). What are the chances I end up in the OR with the Navy? Do you end up on whatever unit they want and then you have to apply to change?
0Jan 26, '12 by navyman7Gypsyd8: The Navy's age limit is 38, I think (99% sure). I know that the Army has a a little higher age limit. I would get started asap if you are thinking about the Navy. The application process can take a while. Good Luck.
0Jan 26, '12 by navyman7Sheepwithagun: Not a problem. They are usually pretty good about getting people into the OR right away, especially if you have some experience first. But like everything about the military nothing is 100%. The Navy also has a periop program that you may be interested in. I don't have any details about it, you would have to talk to a OR nurse about those specifics.
1Jan 26, '12 by Pixie.RN, BSN, RN, EMT-P Senior ModeratorQuote from navyman7According to the Navy website, the Navy's age range is 18 to 41: Nurse : Health Care : Careers & Jobs : America’s Navy: Navy.comGypsyd8: The Navy's age limit is 38, I think (99% sure). I know that the Army has a a little higher age limit. I would get started asap if you are thinking about the Navy. The application process can take a while. Good Luck.
0Jan 28, '12 by babe48076I am planning on submitting my application this year. I am curious on what to expect as a Navy Nurse. Is working in the hospital on a Naval base similar as the civilian world? Meaning do they do 12 hour shifts? Also how many times have you been deployed in your career? Thank you for starting this discussion.
0Jan 28, '12 by WitchbabyHi! Im a licensed RN, finishing my BSN this May. Is having some clinical experience a must when joining navy reserves? Also, they say one has to be in good physical shape. How "good" you have to be? Im fit, but relatively strong..do I have to meet certain physical reqs (like 50 push-ups, etc)? Thank you in advance!
0Jan 28, '12 by GoNavyHopefulRNI appreciate this Q&A forum and need anyone to post a reply and help me out. I left this post in a different thread so here it is again.
I have been reading posts related to the Navy Nurse Corps. For this last few days, I have been gathering info on how to get in by DA. It's tough I know and I wish it wasn't so. I've contacted the Medical Program Officer in my area- so far we are playing phone tag but I'm sure we will be able to have a conversation this upcoming week. I am a Public Health Nurse with a focus on Psych/Mental Health. There is nothing I want more than becoming a PMHNP/FNP (I plan to obtain a post-cert after I find out what the Navy's needs are) and serving those who served. My hubs recently separated from the Navy after nearly a decade and has given me the ok to go for my dream of being a Navy Nurse. What a guy...
1. 34 soon-to-be 35 y/o female
2. Graduated in May 2008 with a 3.3 (not a strong GPA but I got into a great school with a special needs kid in a city I didn't know much about. My husband was gone that whole time so I'm happy with what I've accomplished.
3. Won a spot in the VA Nursing Academy in VA SD Medical Center.
4. 2 Awards given by my employer.
5. I'm a go-getter and has been so fortunate to never have to go the Plan B route. I get it done.
6. Public Health Nurse: Tons of mental health, admin, quality assurance type of experience.
7. I have realistic expectations. I come from a military family as did my hubs. I am all about this.
Any thoughts or advice? How about #6? Is this a done deal because I am not a hospital nurse? If they need me on the floor, I'll take it but wondering if I should say that as to not sound so Navy-desperate; without sound goals. Did I mention I want this so bad? Haha. I need a pick-me-up. I am not the type to get nervous and not give up but I am getting pretty antsy. I don't know what to think.
Thanks all in advance!
1Jan 28, '12 by CynRN11After reading and following posts on this forum, I don't know that I could say with any certainty what the Navy is looking for in candidates at this time. I have seen all over the place, though, that Psych nursing are in demand. I've posted in a different thread, but I am 41, a new grad (May 2011) that was accepted as DA (general nurse), but I started the application process a full two years ago. I have 6 months experience in the OR as a circulator, and would like to stay in the OR, but I took any designation they were willing to give me I also had to go through the waiver process, after getting the "letter" that I was medically disqualified, so I certainly understand your nervousness in the process. As I've said before, I came to believe the process was what actually tested my mental toughness, because I also felt I wanted this so bad. There were times when I thought I was going to unravel because of the uncertainty...but as a professor told me one time, we all have uncertainty that follows us around, but we don't have to invite it to pull up a chair for dinner!
Take heart and don't get discouraged! And hopefully you have a good recruiter to guide you though everything. My was awesome and a tremendous help when I felt like throwing in the towel.
0Jan 28, '12 by CynRN11Navyman7
Thanks for addressing OR nursing. Since that is my interest, I will bring it up once I get to my duty station.
0Jan 28, '12 by GoNavyHopefulRNI won't get discouraged CynRN11 and congratulations! As long as the positive outcomes continue, I will plug and chug with my recruiter.
0Jan 29, '12 by navyman7Babe 48076: Work at a Naval Hospital is similar to non-county civilian hospitals. What I mean is; the patient population isn't like that out in town. We don't get the frequent drug abusers, gunshot victims, stabbings, crazy trauma's that you see on TV. We see a lot of retired military personnel, since most of the active duty people are fairly healthy. Obviously we get those wounded soldiers from the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan, etc. On the west coast we don't see many of them, despite our desire to care for them.
As for the shifts, we do shift work. I work in the ICU, and I typically work 13.5 hours/shift, there is no overtime. My civilian coworkers get overtime though. We also rotate days/nights every 6 weeks. Everyplace will schedule things a little differently. I get to wear scrubs, but others in the hospitals wear Navy uniforms (khakis or NWU's). Deploying is a whole other topic. See my next comment. Hope this helps; it probably spurred more questions though. I will do my best to answer all.
0Jan 29, '12 by navyman7Witchbaby: I am sorry I don't know anything about the Navy Reserves. I should know more but I don't. Clinical experience ALWAYS helps though.
You do have to be in decent shape, however there are many in the Navy that do not fall within the prescribed standards. To join the Navy you WILL have to be within certain weight standards. Since I am not a recruiter I can't tell you exactly what they are, especially for a female. If you follow the link below, it will take you to a site that describes what the Navy's PT test (PRT) and weight standards are. They vary by age. You won't have to meet these upon commissioning but you will need to meet them before the end of Officer Development School (ODS) which is about 5 weeks long. Not much time to get in shape if you're out of shape.