new Army Nurse going Landstuhl, Germany - page 8

by Pink-Rated 38,774 Views | 98 Comments

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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    My husband and I are both civilian DOD/DOA nurses at MRMC. We love it here. We are going to Germany at the beginning of December and have interviews set up with the Landstuhl recruiter for civilian RN's. We are hoping to be offered contracts for at least 2-3 years and since they will be getting 2 for the price of 1 its a goog possibility. We are really excited about the opportunity. We are going to have it written in our contract that we are guaranteed return positions at MRMC. I just am so excited I can hardly believe it. Nothing is for sure yet and Im trying not to get my hopes up but this would be a dream come true. Can anyone tell me what the working conditions are like at Landstuhl? What is the technology/equipment like there? Is it up to date? thanks for any info you can offer.
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    I am curious as to the finalization of your contract were they can guarantee you a position back to MRMC...
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    I am not positive this is a possibility however my brother who has been a DOD/DOA employee overseas for 15years stated that it is a possibility. We are going to try to make this happen. Besides MAMC seems to always have openings and since we already work there and are familiar with it we should be able to get back here without too much trouble. At least that is our hope. No matter what we are not going to pass up an opportunity to live and work in Germany if we are blessed enough to be offered jobs.
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    Alright, in less than a week I will be at OBLC!! So excited! So tired already thinking about all that training and having to give up my afternoon naps. I am praying I get a good roomate. Is anyone else from here going to be there before the 14th of October? I am scheduled to arrive on the 12th at nine pm.
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    Quote from SusanneCollins13
    Alright, in less than a week I will be at OBLC!! So excited! So tired already thinking about all that training and having to give up my afternoon naps. I am praying I get a good roomate. Is anyone else from here going to be there before the 14th of October? I am scheduled to arrive on the 12th at nine pm.
    Best wishes with everything. Please post when you get a chance.
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    Quote from Pink-Rated
    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 commissioning as a 2nd LT in the Army. Anyways, I just found out that I got my first choice for my First Duty Station and it's Landstuhl, Germany. Of course, when I found out, I completely freaked out and it's probably the best early Christmas gift ever!

    I don't know anyone who has been to Germany as an Army nurse and was wondering how the area was and if you liked living there. So far, I've read only good things. Are there things to do around city? Is there a beach or something? How's the weather? Is it a big city? congested? Also, how was working in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center? I know there will be a lot of injured soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan so maybe a lot of critical care cases. Was it stressful? big? Did you feel lost? Did people help you? Are the native people there friendly? do they speak English? Do I have to learn how to speak German or is English good enough? Is housing easily available and is it affordable? How about the cost of living there? I know the Euro is more than the American dollar. Will I have enough time to travel through Europe while working as an Army nurse? How about a car? Do I need to buy a car? a little off topic, but are Mercedes or BMW's cheaper there? Is there anything else that I should know? Anything that I need to steer clear of?

    I know these are a lot of questions but I've never been too far from home and on my own, plus living and starting out a whole new life in a foreign country (I'm single, so no family or friends in a big, foreign place! <scary> lol.). Just really want to know any information that you have or any of your own personal experience living there. I kind of need to prepare myself for this whole new life and adventure before it happens. Thanks!
    This is so funny. Have you learned yet to ask all these questions about a base BEFORE you put it down as your first choice?
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    Quote from SusanneCollins13
    Alright, in less than a week I will be at OBLC!! So excited! So tired already thinking about all that training and having to give up my afternoon naps. I am praying I get a good roomate. Is anyone else from here going to be there before the 14th of October? I am scheduled to arrive on the 12th at nine pm.

    Hey SusanneCollins13!! Just wanted to wish you luck on OBLC! Have a great time in TX and then off to Germany. Tell me all about it! God bless you!
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    yes the military does hire civilians. You can go to the on the internet and post a resume, search for jobs and submit your resume for positions. You are federal employees of the DOD. It is awesome. Just type in CHRA, this is the civilian human resources website. hope this helps.
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    If you are interested in working for the Army as a civilian try these web sites rather then USA Jobs. These are Army specific and not DoD. the first is Medcell I couldn't get the job listing to open for me but you might have a better chance medcell.army.mil or the CPO at http://acpol.army.mil/ even if medcell isn't showing jobs there is a lot of useful info on things like Med facility locations worldwide and benefits.
    Good luck to you
    Steve
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    I also graduated from ROTC and Landstuhl was my first assignment. This was back in 2002. I lived there from 02-06 and had a blast. As a new nurse you'll either work on med-sug, peds, or post partum. I did peds, but i wish I started out on the med-surg wards. Sorry, but it won't be your choice. You can request one, but it's where ever they need you at the time.

    If you like to party, you should look for an apartment in down town K-town. If you'd rather live in a little quaint village, look at places like Queidersbach, Weilerbach, and Vogelweigh. The housing there is awesome!!!!!! I think you'll be impressed. I'm now currently station in Korea, but I regard Germany as the time of my life.


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