Military Spouse RN - page 2

by tortor09

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Hello all, hubby is in the Army. I am finishing up school to be an RN. He is supposed to deploy next year, when he gets back... He will be at the base he is currently at now for approximately 6 months, then being sent to Arizona... Read More


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    So majority of places req at least 1-2 yrs of exp... Where do the new grads work?!
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    Here in Hawaii, new grad RNs fill probably 75% of CNA and clerk positions. Kaiser Permanente here doesn't even look at external applicants for nursing positions because they have so many RNs internally applying for every open position. I've worked for a few agencies that provide work for new grads in doctors offices, community health clinics, etc. That is a good way for military nurses to make some connections in a new location.
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    Just like for civilians, where you are makes a difference. I went to NS in San Diego, but very shortly after graduation and taking the NCLEX, we moved to the DC area. I applied for jobs just like any other new grad. I researched- well before we left- to get a list of hospitals within a 1 hr commute (I have 3 young kids and that was my personal limit). I called all of the hospitals to get an idea of how their new grad residencies worked and when they anticipated start dates in the summer and the fall (we arrived at our new duty station in July). I didn't find the DC area too hard to find a new grad job, though I'm sure others would disagree. It's definitely much more challenging when you don't know anyone, and you don't know the hospital systems. I had a lot of connections in San Diego (both at MTFs and civilian hospitals) but then had to start over fresh, as a new grad. I do know that being a 2nd career RN, with a good amount of time in another occupation helped, so I would assume it could be different for someone without work history. Once you get experience, it does get easier.
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    Interesting so chances are I will probably need to get an LPN licensed or lower job if I can't find anything. Hopefully this will be easier in a couple if years!
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    Quote from tortor09
    Interesting so chances are I will probably need to get an LPN licensed or lower job if I can't find anything. Hopefully this will be easier in a couple if years!
    It's good to plan now but don't stress over it too much until that time comes!
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    Lol I know, darling hubby says the same thing... But I just like to have a feel for things so that I'm not blind sided.
    does anyone have a good online/distance learning RN to BSN program they recommend? A plus if they give a mil discount or in state tuition to mil spouses too
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    I completed my RN to BSN through Liberty University. They offered a military tuition discount, waived fees and a book voucher. Classes were every 8 weeks so I was able to finish in a year with a total cost of about 8K. I was very pleased with the professors and the ease of enrollment.
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    Ooh tell me more about Liberty please! Sounds nice.. How was your experience? Clinicals? All online or distance friendly. Were you FT or PT? Prereqs? Did you work while in the program?
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    I had an awesome experience with Liberty. I worked full time as an RN in a Dr.'s office so I had nights and weekends to study. Assignments were due on Monday nights, which worked out perfectly. Because they are only 8 week sessions, you can take 2-3 classes during each subterm which is considered full time. There will be about 2 weeks that the subterms overlap, so that can be exhausting. But I felt it was so worth it to be finished in less than a year. I started in March 2011, took 2 classes every 8 weeks for about 6 months, then took a term off so that I could enjoy R&R with my husband. I only had 3 classes left so I finished those in the first subterm of this year, which ended in March. I found it all very manageable even with working and having my husband deployed.

    It's a Christian University, so there are 2 or 3 required religion courses. Otherwise, it was comparable to other BSN programs. I had already completed organic and inorganic chem.

    My only hang up was microbiology, because it wasn't previously offered online. Now they do offer it, but I opted to take the Excelsior credit by exam. Liberty does accept many of the excelsior exams if you have done any of those.

    I will say, I did not have a single instructor who I found difficult or hard to work with. All the students I worked with were great for sharing information on their experiences and nursing perspectives. However, I do have a friend also completing their RN to BSN program that may say otherwise. She started a few months after me in a similar situation and has found a couple instructors to be overly critical and hard to reach. She is almost done now, but states they changed the curriculum since I graduated and held her to additional courses. I can't speak for sure on any of that.

    FYI: Regular tuition is normally $450 a credit hour, $250 with the military discount. You get between $200-400 in book vouchers per semester, and I never ended up paying out of pocket for books. The $400 tech fee is waived for military and dependents. It is CCNE accredited.
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    That sounds all really good! I went to a Catholic school until 6th grade then a public school, so the religion courses don't bother me one bit. When did you go to school there? I just did a unofficial transcript eval and they said I would have about 16 classes to complete, but I should be able to knock around 5-6 courses out while I'm finishing up school.


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