Navy Reserve Nursing - page 5

Hello to all out there in the all nurses community. As suggested by my login I am a Navy Nursing Program Manager. What that means is that I function at a HQ level - above the recruiters and below... Read More

  1. by   jfratian
    Both active and inactive reserves are federal entities. Active reserves is your typical '2 weeks per year and 1 weekend per month." You earn money for your time. Inactive ready reserves (IRR) is nothing more than an activation list. You don't drill at all or make money. You're essentially the last line of people called-up before the draft.

    A typical military contract is 8 years total. If you do 4 years active duty, you'll have the option to do the remaining 4 years as either active or inactive reserves.
  2. by   jfratian
    Do OR. Get your CNOR. PACU isn't really considered a specialty to the military; I'm currently an AF PACU nurse by the way. I don't know Navy manning, but OR is typically the most undermanned specialty in a hospital. It certainly is in the AF.

    Have you considered the other two branches?
  3. by   gilversplace
    is it possible to start as reserves then transition to active duty? or you need to finished your 8 years reserve then go active if you still have enought time based on your age
  4. by   CCK RN
    jfratian thank you, I'll definitely consider that advice, at this point I'm applying for anything that will get me out of dialysis, have several friends in PACU who love it so that's where I've been mainly looking, but not giving up until I get something new. Loved OR in school so if that's a good bet for Nurse Corp acceptance then that's what I'll focus on!

    At this point I've really only researched Navy Nurse Corp, not to say I wouldn't also be willing to look into Air Force or Army if it comes down to it. Again, thank you for your advice, it's greatly appreciated!
  5. by   jfratian
    I've heard reserves to active duty is extremely difficult. Active duty reserves is supposedly a piece of cake.

    If active is your goal, it'll be much easier to do as a civilian.
  6. by   icuRN.
    Toto7891, I'm a SICU RN interested in joining the Reserves. I've done some research but I still am wondering, is it possible as a reservist to be pulled into Active duty, or put into an assignment lasting more than the required 2 weeks/year. I have two young kids and other than this major concern, I really want to take the next step in applying.
  7. by   mommyRN4
    I graduated with my BSN in May of 2015 and have obtained my RN license since. I currently work as a Transplant Coordinator which does not have direct patient care. Would this count towards my experience when applying?

    Am I even still able to apply now that I am already a graduate and did not apply while I was in school?
  8. by   yarleymayben
    I know this thread is old but are you still active duty nurse ? I'm currently in a BSN program, and current enlisted reservist/prior active duty. My command has a NC1 that knows nothing about going from drilling reservist to applying for navy nurse corps active duty! Any info or direction about what a first next step would be ??
  9. by   jfratian
    I am, but I'm not sure that I'll be too much help. Active duty and reserves are two different pots of money.

    I assume this NC1 is an enlisted person? Have you asked the chief nurse (who is probably an O-5 or O-6) at your location. That person should definitely know the answer.
  10. by   jfratian
    Sorry, not sure if you were asking me or Navy PM who started this thread.
  11. by   flockyman
    Hi Guy, if you are currently O2 as a navy nurse, what rank will you get when you get hired as a mental health NP?
  12. by   thomasianbella
    Hello! Good day!
    Im from the Philippines. 21 yo. I just graduated last May 2015 in University of Santo Tomas. I just passed my NCLEX last Nov 2016. Im planning to move to Nevada and work as a nurse this March 2017. But im also considering applying to the us navy as a nurse, too. In addition to that, I have second thoughts about my application in the Navy Nurse Corps. There are many questions that run thru my mind. Hope you can assist me with these:

    1. Ive read that one of the requirements is that I should have graduated from a school accredited by CCNE or NLNC? As ive mentioned, I graduated from one of the universities here in the Philippines. Does it mean that Im not eligible to enter the navy nurse corps? Or are there any options? Or are there any universities here in the Philippines accredited by the two agencies?

    2. I have a military id. I got this because my father is a retired us navy, deputy comptroller. Can I use this on my application or is this an edge for me in entering the navy?

    3. For example I am able to enter the navy nurse corps, what does the training seem like? For example, handling of guns, swimming in deep sea waters (lol), and etc? Or is it medically-related only?

    4. What if I apply online, pass all my documents, and they find out that im eligible to enter, what is the first step im tasked to do? Because Im still here in the philippines. Do I need to immediately go in the US?

    Thanks for answering! More power!
  13. by   jfratian
    1. Those accreditation bodies are American, so I doubt it. You could get a baccalaureate degree abroad and obtain an MSN or BSN online afterwards from a U.S. based school with the appropriate accreditations.

    2. No, nepotism will not help you. You could use it as fodder for an application essay detailing your reasons for joining. That's about it.

    3. I'm AF not Navy. AF mentality treats weapons training for non-trigger pullers as a fringe aspect to your job so I'm not the best source here; it's done as just-in-time training prior to deployments for us. You will get generally customs/courtesy, history, structure, and rules/regulations training in any branch.

    4. Hopefully, you are a U.S. citizen. You can't commission otherwise. To my knowledge there is no reason you can't apply from a foreign country. You would have to renounce your foreign citizenships if applicable (i.e. you were a dual citizen).

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