Navy Officer Nurse Corp - page 3

This type of career is a interest to me but I do have a few questions. What exactly is the description of a Officer? What role in the navy or any branch does the officer Nurse corp fit? What is a... Read More

  1. by   sassysoldier
    Thanks I'm at the last part of getting my packet together. It has taken me since July. I have to go to MEPS and do my interview. Soo......much paperwork. Thanks again.
  2. by   litic
    Good afternoon,

    I am currently in the IRR for the Marine Corps and I am starting towards a BSN in January. My goal is to get back into the military as a nurse. I wanted to thank all of you for your contributions to this forum. It has been such a welcome source of information. I know I will have many questions in the near future but for now I sit back and soak up all the shared knowledge.

    Respectfully submitted.
  3. by   Cursed Irishman
    Quote from litic
    Good afternoon,

    I am currently in the IRR for the Marine Corps and I am starting towards a BSN in January. My goal is to get back into the military as a nurse. I wanted to thank all of you for your contributions to this forum. It has been such a welcome source of information. I know I will have many questions in the near future but for now I sit back and soak up all the shared knowledge.

    Respectfully submitted.
    Out-fricken-standing! Now that's a first post!
  4. by   just_cause
    litic, thanks for your service - and congrats on starting the bsn!
  5. by   lubdubRN
    Quote from jordaa
    Thank you to LTJG PM and LT Dan for answering so many questions on these threads. I have come to these forums the past few months as I have put together my packet for the Navy. I've been a nurse in civilian world for 3 years and decided to join the Navy Nurse Corps. Just found out on Friday that my packet was accepted by the board. Am waiting for more information, such as my ODS dates, and first duty station. I will be commissioned October 1st as an ENS. I will try to add more info as I get it, and try to answer questions once I'm in. But I just wanted to thank you both, since you've given me much information and helped me mentally prepare for what's coming ahead.
    Jordaa,
    I know this is an old post, but I was just wondering how long did the process for the Nurse Corps take? I am a civilian nurse interested in being a navy nurse.
  6. by   just_cause
    The process itself can be very quick... the boards meet monthly (typically) and the decision is provided shortly after. The usual delay is submitting paperwork piecemeal or incomplete. This can be reduced with knowing all req from your recruiter and doing a bit of online searching to make sure you have it all
    The only other time associated is the next ODS date that is available..but most people are concerned with the time from start to being notified of acceptance.
  7. by   lubdubRN
    Quote from DanznRN
    MaleRNstudent21-

    ENS PM has given very good answers about what life is like in the Navy. First and foremost, the needs of the Navy come before your needs do, you just have to accpet that. So as far as traveling outside the states, after your first full year on active duty, your fair game. Generally speaking, the Navy does not send new nurses (less than one year experience) overseas or on deployment. The thought process is that you have not gained the skills necessary to make independent decisions in the field in less than a year, after that your considered functional in the field, so don't count on going anywhere for 3 years, your safe for 1. Yes, you do get a dream sheet when you sign, however, the Navy generally sends nurses to either San Diego, CA, Bethesda, MD, or Portsmouth, VA. These are the Navy's largest stateside facilities that have all available specialties. The thought is you will get the most exposure at one of these facilities. I can't remember your background, but if you have prior medical training you may be able to get away with going somewhere smaller, but I doubt it. As far as what an Officer is or does. Our primary job is to lead others and to teach. Your responsibilities are to ensure those that are working beneath you are doing it right, mind you this is not an instant expectation. They expect you to be a competent nurse first, so the first year of being an officer is a bit blurry in that you spend a majority of your time becoming competent and developing you leadership style. Once you've been in 10+ years like me the expectations are different, make sense? Your role as an officer is constantly evolving. As far as the other stuff, ENS PM hit the nail on the head. As always keep the questions coming and we'll answer as best we can. Where are you currently located? If you're interested I can take you down to Bethesda if you want to see what it's like?


    LCDR(s) Dan
    I know this is a Super Old post but I have been reading you responses to members and I think you are a great resouce. I am prior enlisted Navy...8 years ago. I have since graduated from nursing school and received my BSN. I was accepted into an internship in Cardiac Surgery ICU and I have done almost 18 months of it. While I enjoy it I often feel myself drawn back to AD, of course this time as an Officer. My questions are:

    Typically will I enter as O1-E or does the experience bump your rank up at all?
    And because I have a "little" ( I am still a fairly young nurse) experience now will I still get the major hospital tour for my first 3 years or will overseas be a first tour? Thanks in advance.
  8. by   sassysoldier
    from most of the people who are going to ODS in January looks like they were stationed at one of the Big three Bethesda, San Diego or Portsmouth. Congrats on all the new nurses!!!
  9. by   just_cause
    lubdub from what I understand the exp equals 1/2 time time in grade.. of you had +36 months of experience perhaps eligible for 02 as you typically move to 02 after 18 months time in service...

    please correct me if I'm wrong

    Are you planning on applying??
  10. by   lubdubRN
    Thanks Just cause....yes I am currently in the process of applying. I met with a recruiter and she sent me the paperwork to get started. Man its a lot!!!! but I am on it.
  11. by   sassysoldier
    lubdubRN,
    My recruiter gave me the application in pieces. Just about once or twice a week she had me complete something. Like 1. security clearance 2. transcripts 3. forms 4. etc. ...... Then when I first met with her she gave me a check list. Even when she was like I think we are almost done I was able to look on the check list like I didn't do this....that....and she was able to follow up. I am on the end of my application process going to MEPS next saturday . Going to Portsmouth in December for interview. Good luck don't get overwhelmed it does take some time so get through the paperwork! Good luck
  12. by   engagedtoanurse
    Quote from sassysailor
    from most of the people who are going to ODS in January looks like they were stationed at one of the Big three Bethesda, San Diego or Portsmouth. Congrats on all the new nurses!!!
    Hi my fiancee has applied to the program and we are pretty sure that the package went to the boards sometime in early October. Have you heard of how the resuts are going or know any place that we could check on the status of the package besides through the recruiter?

    any piece of info would be great ... thanks
  13. by   sassysoldier
    the only person I know that could follow up is the recruiter unless anyone else knows.

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