Navy Officer Nurse Corp - page 6

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   lubdubRN
    I think Just Cause just put it all in a nutshell, and would concur that it would be impossible to get your BSN while enlisted unless you apply to a program that would allow you to focus on your degree with the desired end of becoming an officer. There are some available to help.
    Best of luck to you.
  2. by   VICEDRN
    Hi-

    I was hoping someone on this thread can answer a kind of vague question I have about kids in the Navy. I have already spoken with the nursing recruiter but I kind of wanted an honest opinion.

    I have two kids and am divorced. My ex is okay with me leaving to join the Navy with the babies after I get my BSN but I wondered how difficult is it to negotiate life with kids in the Navy? I know its no kiss for christmas but is it practically impossible or doable if organized.

    Can someone help me please?

    Thanks

    V
  3. by   lubdubRN
    I formerly was active duty Navy enlisted. At the time my kids were 5 and 6 years old. My kids remained with my parents during boot camp and subsequent training school, but when it was all over I wanted my children with me. There were a lot of people DISCOURAGING me to do so (how crazy is that) but my kids are MY kids. And yes I was afraid after all of that....(new state, new job new set of rules, new lifestyle) but it all worked out. The Navy is a different lifestyle, yes. But if you have a great support system and (not sure how old your kids are) but keep them in the loop and let them know what's coming down the line I think all will be well.....not easy all the time, but well. It is do-able... I saw many others including myself that made it work. My recruiter did tell me (for officer side) that you can negotiate with your detailer, but the bottom line is the "needs of the Navy"

    hope this helps some
  4. by   VICEDRN
    Quote from lubdubRN
    I formerly was active duty Navy enlisted. At the time my kids were 5 and 6 years old. My kids remained with my parents during boot camp and subsequent training school, but when it was all over I wanted my children with me. There were a lot of people DISCOURAGING me to do so (how crazy is that) but my kids are MY kids. And yes I was afraid after all of that....(new state, new job new set of rules, new lifestyle) but it all worked out. The Navy is a different lifestyle, yes. But if you have a great support system and (not sure how old your kids are) but keep them in the loop and let them know what's coming down the line I think all will be well.....not easy all the time, but well. It is do-able... I saw many others including myself that made it work. My recruiter did tell me (for officer side) that you can negotiate with your detailer, but the bottom line is the "needs of the Navy"

    hope this helps some
    If I did join, my daughter would be five and my son would 10. I have a not so great support system but my ex would take them for ODS.

    What do you mean about the detailer? What should I negotiate? I don't care about where I go just that the kids and I have housing and that we are together.

    Thank you so much for your help.
  5. by   sassysoldier
    i don't know if i put this on another post or this one b4 so excuse me if this is a repeat. My recruiter is a single mom who has two sons. She is a recruiter and takes care of her boys. She manages and says she has thinks its easier because she has the support of the activities and people on base rather than in civilian world. I am currently in a blended family I have a son from a previous relationship and so does dh. However my son is currently with my mom until I get out of ODS and get settled at my duty station. Then I will be doing everything with him until my husband finishes boot camp, Aschool etc.
    I look at it like this for single and married woman in the navy. 1/2 of the wives on base who are married are doing everything when the men go out to sea or get deployed. You have to help and depend on each other.
    There are plenty of woman out there single moms serving and making a better life for there children. Go for it!!!
  6. by   lubdubRN
    Your detailer is the person that arranges your orders to your duty stations. You can speak with your detailer to "negotiate" meaning for your particular job what locations is open that will still fulfill the navy needs and possibly close to yours.
  7. by   jammies805
    I am about to graduate from a BSN program in May. I am very interested in the Navy, but I also have a serious boyfriend who will have to stay in Indiana for the duration of my time with the military. Is this doable? He is very supportive, telling me that I should do what I want and he will be behind me 100%. If I am stationed at Bethesda, it's a 10 hour drive. I am wondering if on weekends I could meet him half way? How often does on work weekends as a Naval Nurse? Any and all help/advise would be great. Thank you!
  8. by   just_cause
    Nursing (in many jobs) requires you to work on a given schedule which at times may include the weekend. You might also not get to be stationed at your requested location... if he is going to be in IN for the entire duration of your military career.. then I'd relook joining if you already know your only going to be in or that minimal duration and also knowing that it would greatly affect your relationship and that you don't have full control of your station of duty...
    perhaps if you want to serve you could look into local national guard or reserve programs?
  9. by   sassysoldier
    can he relocate. With the economy and job market even in healthcare in some cities you would be very stable and have great benefits with the navy. I would just see him on your time off and on weekends and its not like he can't come see you on his time off. If it gets really serious he might consider relocating to be closer to you.
  10. by   jammies805
    He is in apprenticeship school to become an electrician. He says he would be more than happy to come see me when he has time off and I know I will go see him. He is in a 5 year program, and I am thinking of signing up initially for 3 years. We want to get married, but are young and don't have much money or experience. That's where the Navy comes in. I am just worried that it won't work out. Any advice or scenarios to give me hope? I really appreciate all the help I can get. This is a big decision!
  11. by   just_cause
    I would advise not to do it based on your situation unless you are prepared to move away and be gone for those years. It sounds like a recipe for disaster - the good news is that you can see that now rather then being blind sided. I'm honestly not sure why you would contemplate this idea when you know the risk factors involved...
  12. by   jammies805
    I know it does seem that way, but I'm worried about getting a job as it is. Also, my grandmother was a Navy nurse back in World War II and It is something I've thought about doing for a long time. It's hard when all the dreams one has don't always line up.
  13. by   just_cause
    well perhaps in the future it will. At this time it seems you will be choosing navy or relationship. The good news is that you are aware of the choice and get to make the decision.
    I would just advise that assuming you will be stationed at choice location and able to travel and work it out over multiple years.. is not as likely as the alternative - getting stationed elsewhere, not able to make weekend weekly trips etc.
    v/r

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