Ok, I am a sophomore in college, I am still patiently waiting to know if I got into the only nursing school
that I had enough credits for. I won't know until February or March. (yuck) Anyway, I am getting married January 1, 2006 and my fiance and I aren't exactly rich. If I join the Navy Nurse Corps (NNC) the immediate money will really help us get through until he graduates. By the way, he is NROTC and will not graduate and get commissioned until May 2008. I will graduate in May 2007. My worry is the long-term commitment. If I graduate in May 2007 and I am in the NNC, I will then go to Rhode Island for OIS that summer then be stationed somewhere after that (away from husband). I don't mind being away from him for only a short time. I worry about a few things:
1) How I can get stationed at the same station as my husband (he will be a submariner, but has to go to nuke and sub school for a year and three months right after commissioning) so I worry about coordinating our duty stations. I know Hawaii, Norfolk, San Diego and I think Washington State have sub stations and a Navy hospital.
2) I really want kids, how easy do you think it would be to be a Navy Nurse and my husband being a submariner?
3) What is Navy nursing like, I have heard horror stories (no time off, long hours, no say because of the rank structure, etc.) about Navy Nursing and horror stories about civilian nursing. I have also heard good things about both. (less good things about Navy nursing). I am really confused about to do. Please help me make an informed decision.
Again my main concerns are family (ability to make a family in which I can raise my children without having to stick them in daycare a lot), being stationed with my husband, and the "job happiness" factor of Navy nursing. I have always wanted to go military, and if I don't do full active duty I will do reserve, but I have heard it is hard to do reserves and civilian nursing.