Navy Officer Nurse Corp - page 5

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   RachieH
    Hi everyone,
    This has been a valuable read. I have a few questions.

    I am 37 and will complete my BSN this August. Am I eligible for loan repayment and sign-on bonus? What is the maximum age the Navy will take nurses? Also, and this may be the kicker here - I am a single mother. Does the Navy make you sign over custody of your child when you go in? I read something like this on an Army enlisted board...but here we are talking about the Navy commissioning an Officer. If I were to become a Navy nurse, my mother would more than likely come live with me to help me with my son. Does the Navy even allow single parents to join?

    Thanks in advance
  2. by   jordaa
    Hey!
    Glad that you wrote.

    Let me try to answer your questions. After the board met, my recruiter called me two or three days later telling me that I had been selected. Getting my letter was a little bit of a fiasco. I was waiting to get my commissioning until after the fiscal year in Oct. I was selected in August and just waiting for the new fiscal year. I figured when October rolled around, it would be easy. Well, at the same time, the economy went down and the budged for FY09 wasn't settled yet, so my selection letter which "gives" you your bonus hadn't been sent. And without the letter, you can't get orders and without orders you can't get commissioned and without being commissioned you can't go to ODS. So, it came down to the wire, but my recruiter and detailer were amazing and I was able to get orders and commissioned all within 48 hours of receiving my letter.

    Commissioning wasn't that big of a deal, mostly because it was such a last minute deal. It was at the recruiter's office, and basically just held my hand up, said the oath and then signed my papers. And took a picture. That's it really. I guess some people will have family come and then all go out to lunch. But it wasn't huge. My family ended up coming to ODS graduation, which is a bigger deal, with an explanation of the customs and marching, and a color guard and all. It was fun to have them come up to Rhode Island and do some area sight seeing as well. Plus for graduation you wear dress blues and the pictures are way more fun!

    ODS isn't really a big deal. I was really worried before I went, since I had no military background at all. The first week was the "hardest", and was what I like to say a watered down version of what bootcamp would be. They woke us up early one morning, made us do pushups, situps, jumping jacks and the like. We had to stand at attention and march and all. There are several different rules that you will think are kind of dumb or silly, but the whole point is to follow instruction and learn military bearing. After the first week or so, you get the hang of it and some things become second nature. Like stepping off with your right foot or squaring corners when you walk. If you want you (and anyone else) can PM me and I can send a link to my webpage. I had weekly updates for when I was there. I'd say the one thing you should do now is work on situps and pushups. The run times aren't that fast, and doable if you are in decent shape, but I had to work a little on my situps and pushups. And they are old school, like you did in elementary school for the fitness tests.

    Also, I was worried about the swim test, because the 5minute prone float intimidated me. The most important thing is to just stay calm. When I was floating I would take a big breath and then put my head in the water and slowly count to ten while I was blowing out air and then lift my head and take another one. It took me about 2 minutes to figure that out and I had to talk myself out of dropping out at that point. But I made it, and ended up taking the 2nd class swim test, which meant I had to do it again! But I survived both times! No big deal if you do have to drop out, because they will just put you in the remedial swim and the instructors there are great and will work with you until you pass. Only 3 in our company were in remedial swim and they all passed after a few sessions.

    Bethesda was my first choice. It wasn't hard since it's a big hospital and they can always use more nurses. I wanted to work in DC, so it was perfect for me. I am currently in the nurse internship program, which as been a good introduction for me to the military way of nursing and how the hospital works. It is a great program for new nurses as well. Although I have experience, it's been nice to take the opportunity to see multiple units of the hospital and to network with other wards as well. I'm done next week with the internship and will be working on cardiac telemetry. I'm excited about it and am ready to get to the floor!

    Well, I think that's about it. Let me know if you have any more questions and I will try to answer them! I know I had tons before I went to ODS and couldn't find all of them!

    Until later,
    ENS Jordan
  3. by   jordaa
    I am not sure about the age limit for the navy, or what they do about commissioning single moms. I think the biggest thing is that you have a family care plan in place, which is a document that shows that you have a plan for your child if you are deployed, because being a single parent is not a reason to not go on a deployment. If your mom is moving in to help, then you should be good in that area. I don't believe that you have to sign over custody, but I do think you have to do a power of attorney if/when you go on deployment. I know there are lots of single parents in the navy now, but not sure if the children came before or after enlisting/commissioning. I would call an Officer Program Recruiter and talk about your options.

    Good luck! ENS Jordan
  4. by   sassysoldier
    Quote from lubdubRN
    I started running and working out in December. I will be taking a swim class in Feb. I am trying to prepare as much as possible. How long did it take YOU after the board meeting that you get your decision? What was your first choice? I hope that you get to go to ODS is February. I am a little antsy not knowing what to expect as far as selection....like what would prevent you from getting selected??

    Waiting for Jan 29th!!!
    Keep us updated on what you hear from the board. The more I talk to my family about ODS I think I am leaning toward March once all my paperwork is in. Let me know we may be in class together.
  5. by   sassysoldier
    Quote from RachieH
    Hi everyone,
    This has been a valuable read. I have a few questions.

    I am 37 and will complete my BSN this August. Am I eligible for loan repayment and sign-on bonus? What is the maximum age the Navy will take nurses? Also, and this may be the kicker here - I am a single mother. Does the Navy make you sign over custody of your child when you go in? I read something like this on an Army enlisted board...but here we are talking about the Navy commissioning an Officer. If I were to become a Navy nurse, my mother would more than likely come live with me to help me with my son. Does the Navy even allow single parents to join?

    Thanks in advance
    umm, I don't think you age is a problem. Isen't it 42 or something anyone else?? You can also get an age waiver. I do know the answer to your single mom question. I am married now but I wasn't when I was considering the military before now. I was a single mom too also my recruiter currently is a single mom of two.
    THERE IS NO SERVICE THAT WILL MAKE YOU SIGN OVER CUSTODY OF YOUR CHILD!!!!
    If you are a single parent or dual marriage (which was me either way) then you have to make a family care plan which is a form listing a short-term person who can take care of your child if emergency occus than a long-term person who can take care of you child if a emergent long term deployment etc would occur. That is it. Now personally I just completed a limited power of attorney on my son for my mother who is currently taking care of my son so I can go to ODS in March. I did that because If I'm at ODS and my son needs to go to the doctor, etc my mother has the power to make decisions and there is not confusion since I won't be easily accessible. My mother does not have custody or anything. I wrote it myself and got it notarized on what I wanted in the limited poa.
  6. by   lubdubRN
    Sassysailor,

    AAGGGGHHHHH!!!!:scrm: I got a call from my recruiter today telling me is missing some paperwork. We just went over everything last week and she told me we had all we needed. Now, since the board meets on the 28th, I am not in the two week window for having all my paperwork in AND the her chain of command has not signed it.....therefore my packet is missing boards on the 28th AND she does not know when the next one meets... I was really hoping for the March ODS....but now I just don't know!!!
  7. by   jordaa
    Welcome to the military. Hurry up and wait. Don't be discouraged. It will all work out when it is supposed to. At least if March is what happens, it should be WARMER! I went October-Nov, and it was cold toward the end. Let me know if there's anything I can do for you!
  8. by   sassysoldier
    Quote from lubdubRN
    Sassysailor,

    AAGGGGHHHHH!!!!:scrm: I got a call from my recruiter today telling me is missing some paperwork. We just went over everything last week and she told me we had all we needed. Now, since the board meets on the 28th, I am not in the two week window for having all my paperwork in AND the her chain of command has not signed it.....therefore my packet is missing boards on the 28th AND she does not know when the next one meets... I was really hoping for the March ODS....but now I just don't know!!!
    I know you are frustrated!!! . That is what happend to me. I wish I could go through my own packet and check it. My recruiter told me the next board meeting is the 2nd week of feb. Your packet has to be up there by the first week. That is what I am shooting for. Lets pray our packets get approved that date and we make that March ODS class. The more i am coming off my frustration I'm glad it might be march because of the weather. zzzzz
  9. by   lubdubRN
    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the encouragement:rcgtku:. March will probably be warmer. I talked with my recruiter today she admitted she just plain ol' forgot about the form. so I believe that things will work out how they are supposed to as well. Sassy maybe we will be there together...and second week in Feb is not so bad. I will keep you all posted...What is your duty station choice Sassysailor??
    Jordaa thanks for offering your help...It so appreciated!!

    Ciao for now
  10. by   sassysoldier
    I put down NAS Jacksonville or NAS Pensacola as my duty choices. What about your choices. I'll keep you updated too. Its good to know someone before you get there.
  11. by   lubdubRN
    I put down Portsmouth Naval Hosp, VA as my first North Carolina, and then Bethesda. I will definitely keep you posted. I agree it is good to know someone.
  12. by   jamesday
    how hard is it to get a BSN on active duty? I am enlisted in the Marines and would like to earn a commission in the Navy.I plan on going to a non deploying unit for my second enlistment and will start working towards my BSN later this year. Does prior military experience such as combat deployments and conduct help with getting a commission and earning promotions? What does my GPA have to be to be considered for the job? How hard would it be to get commissioned? Thanks

    Jordan
  13. by   just_cause
    Jordan,
    I can give a perspective from Army experience as many things will be in common - but navy will be a bit different.
    While enlisted I would say it is virtually impossible to attain a BSN. This is due to the time constraints that clinicals and class will require and limited flexibility to you while working full time as a marine. The Army did have programs that enabled Soldiers to apply to enter a BSN program and then attend school full time and then graduate with a BSN and obtain a commission. So I recommend seeing if any programs are available within the Navy that enable Marines to apply to - think of it as an active duty scholarship.
    Prior exp does not necessarily count towards gaining a commission or promotions. The commissioning process first requires a degree and how you commission determines what makes you competitive ie rotc, OCS, service academy etc. Prior service is certainly a plus and will be helpful - but is only an aspect of making you competitive. I would talk to your PL and see what opportunities might be present within the Navy or Marine Corp to move you from enlisted to officer - if that is your goal... If your goal is to become a nurse I recommend you look at some longer term options as well. For ex, upon completion of service use your GI bill to attend and obtain your BSN.... currently that would enable you to start working on some basic pre-reqs.
    If you are currently working in a health care specialty within the Marine Corp that could be beneficial.... if you are around any Navy Nurses I would talk to them and get a list of aviable routes that you can take to achieve your goal - and rank your goal as what is more important.. becoming an officer or becoming a nurse with the goal of becoming an officer as well.
    best of luck, feel free to provide some feedback and look forward to hearing more,
    v/r
    Here are two links of routes to become a navy nurse as a either a navy nurse candidate or via a direct commission.
    http://www.waynesdyno.net/NCP.html
    http://www.waynesdyno.net/NCDA.html
    Last edit by just_cause on Jan 18, '09

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