new Army Nurse going Landstuhl, Germany - page 10

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Hello. I'm new to this but I just wanted to get some get some more information. I am a nursing student (RN-BSN) and Army ROTC cadet on my last semester of nursing school and Army ROTC. In May, I will be graduating as a nurse and... Read More


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    Where do you want to work at specifically?
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    Well, I suppose I should not be picky if it means that I will have a job at all. I would not mind working as a floor nurse, but I would like to work in a high acuity environment. I do not have a specific medical specialty that I find more appealing than another (of course I haven't gone through clinicals yet), but I really would not enjoy a job that places me at a desk for the majority of the time. I understand that training a graduate nurse takes a lot of time and money, and I didn't know if this was something that they would even want to invest in.
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    I was just reading your post and I noticed you posted this in 2008 so I am assuming you are in Germany now. I am direct commission and I choose Landstul as my first choice. So how are you liking it. Do you live on base. Is it really cold. I would appreciate any feed back.
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    Quote from ri07093
    I was just reading your post and I noticed you posted this in 2008 so I am assuming you are in Germany now. I am direct commission and I choose Landstul as my first choice. So how are you liking it. Do you live on base. Is it really cold. I would appreciate any feed back.
    We moved to Germany in Aug 09, stationed at Ramstein about 10 minutes away from Landstuhl. We live off base, the BAH is good and there are no issues finding a house under your cap. Housing is different here, but hey, it's Germany. The weather is pretty mild in general. Summers average 65ish and with exception of a few days this winter, it hasn't been bad. It snows/rains close to everyday but a lot of times this winter when it snowed its around 30* so it really isn't bad. Most people love the country and the travel opportunities in Europe. The one thing people are generally disappointed with is the lack of comradary, I am not sure why bonds fall short here, but I am always hearing that complaint. Jobs for dependants can be sparse too if they don't want to work for AFFES. Short of that I don't have many complaints. Some people come here and want to homestead, others are done after their 3 years.

    If you have any other questions, I would be happy to try and answer them.
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    Thanks so much for replying. I appreciate all the feedback; I hear that most direct commissions get their first pick so this is a huge choice for me. I do have a couple more questions;
    The place where you live, is it like living in big city? In your "neighborhood" are you surrounded by other Americans? Also, you worked at LRMC correct? How is it working at this hospital? Are there many opportunites to deploy? Also I heard that if you are stationed over seas, you may have to wait longer to go into your chosen speciality (for example, ICU etc..) Is this correct? Finally, although you may not have much information on the base in Hawaii, but based on your experiences in the Army and in Germany, which do you think is the better choice!? Again, I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions!
    Rachel
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    Choice of station for direct commission candidates is a 50/50 thing. You have to think hard and carefully what you want. If you stay stateside, then your next move could be overseas. The army likes to do this move a lot with new officers. They get you for a 3 or 4 yr contract and then right about 2-3 yrs you get move overseas. Here is where they get you because most tours are 3 years while oversas. This includes Hawaii. This would mean that you will end up doing more than what you actually signed for. The bottom line is what you are going to make out of it.

    New RNs do not get deployed right away. This was tried and it really came and bit the army in the you know what. You will have to first develop your skills and then after a year or so, they will come and tap on your shoulder.

    What kind of info are you looking for Hawaii? If I were you and never been to Europe, take Europe. You can always do Hawaii on your own time. There is only so much of Hawaii to see and if you do not mind being landlocked, then take Hawaii.

    The latest brief I was given by branch is that they claim to be making their numbers... This could have a change for you in the future...no bonuses or other perks to keep you in... but we will have to sit tight and see what actually happens...Since we are a country that we like to stick our noses in almost everything, you may get your chance to deploy to some other place besides AFG...
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    My husband and I are currently stationed at Ramstein and I am about to go back to the states for an accelerated BSN program. When I come back I want to try to get a civilian job at Landstuhl. I am wondering if they generally hire many RN's who are fresh out of a program, or if it will be extremely tough for me to get a job. I know we have spousal preferance here, but I am not sure how far that gets you. Anyone with insight?
    It can be done, we hired a new grad in L&D she was a wonderful nurse. She spent a year putting her resume out there and introducing herself to several of the nurse managers. The L&D manager at the time had to jump through quite a few hoops but she eventually was hired. I'm not going to lie, it will be a challenge getting a job as a new grad as a civilian.

    I came to Germany with L&D experience. I simply called the L&D nurse manager and asked if there were any open positions. After an interview the hiring process started. It took a while since the funding was not immediately available for the position. Prior to that I had applied for a few jobs via the CPOL website. I was referred for one job, but was never called for an interview.
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    Quote from LDRNMOMMY
    It can be done, we hired a new grad in L&D she was a wonderful nurse. She spent a year putting her resume out there and introducing herself to several of the nurse managers. The L&D manager at the time had to jump through quite a few hoops but she eventually was hired. I'm not going to lie, it will be a challenge getting a job as a new grad as a civilian.

    I came to Germany with L&D experience. I simply called the L&D nurse manager and asked if there were any open positions. After an interview the hiring process started. It took a while since the funding was not immediately available for the position. Prior to that I had applied for a few jobs via the CPOL website. I was referred for one job, but was never called for an interview.
    It's good to know that it is a possibility. It has been weighing heavily on our shoulders lately, but we have decided to give it a rest for the time being. I need to make it through the initial step first...school. I have been looking into the Nurse Transition Program and I am going to see a recruiter about it when I get stateside. I am not sure how things would work since we are currently on orders though. The GI bill would be a great thing for me because I want to get a Masters in Nursing, but like I said, first step first I tend to get ahead of myself. Thank you so much for your reply. I truely appreciate it!
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    Quote from estursa
    Thank you so much for your reply. I truely appreciate it!
    You are very welcome! Good luck in school.


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