new Army Nurse going Landstuhl, Germany - page 9

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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    Hey Renee4christ! I got your message but it wouldn't let me message you back so I had to post the reply up here. sorry about that!! anyways, thanks for the info. I'm not an experienced nurse but working at a nursing home since september while waiting for OBLC in March and I def. don't consider myself an experienced nurse at all. haha! So far, all i know is that I'm still going to OBLC 29 March and to Landstuhl, Germany, afterwards. I'm praying that it's still going to be as planned!!! i'd be so upset if they change things again, esp. the Germany part. LOL. I even spoke to my nurse counselor a few weeks ago and she didn't tell me of any changes so lets hope not! but thanks again!! much appreciate =)

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    I spent 3 years in West Germany back in 1986 as enlisted army. We were not far from Lahnstul and spent alot of time there and in the area. There is so much there! Keiserslatern is a huge military area with a big px and we were so excited when they built the Burger King down the street. Mind you this was 20 years ago, and it must be even more stuff now. Ramstein is right there and so much more. It's beautiful! Make sure you travel, see the travel office and don't be afraid to see it all.
    Congrats and enjoy!
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    Quote from Pink-Rated
    Hey Renee4christ! I got your message but it wouldn't let me message you back so I had to post the reply up here. sorry about that!! anyways, thanks for the info. I'm not an experienced nurse but working at a nursing home since september while waiting for OBLC in March and I def. don't consider myself an experienced nurse at all. haha! So far, all i know is that I'm still going to OBLC 29 March and to Landstuhl, Germany, afterwards. I'm praying that it's still going to be as planned!!! i'd be so upset if they change things again, esp. the Germany part. LOL. I even spoke to my nurse counselor a few weeks ago and she didn't tell me of any changes so lets hope not! but thanks again!! much appreciate =)

    Sounds like you are good to go and got a sweet deal! When you put in your duty choices and were contacted by the assignments manager, did she just tell you that you got your first pick of Germany and that's where you were going or were you still given an option of where you wanted to go even though Germany was open? I know, weird question! I ask because when I originally put my choices in with my application, I listed Fort Lewis, Wa, Eisenhower in GA, and Ft. Bragg in NC. However, when she emailed me, I put down Germany, Hawaii, and Fort Lewis. It's crazy, because now I'm stuck between Hawaii and Fort Lewis OMG! I'm making this so hard!! Please help! What were your other choices?
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    i went through ROTC so when all of us cadets wrote down our duty choices, i put germany as #1, hawaii #2, ft. lewis, washington #3, and etc. can't remember the rest, but we had up to 14 choices (for nurses only). i never spoke to an assignment manager. i found out by my rotc commander that i got germany as my first duty assignment and as of now, i keep in touch with my nurse counselor. From what I've heard, overseas assignments, like germany and hawaii, are pretty hard to get b/c everyone wants them. Fort Lewis is nice, but it rains a lot and is pretty cold, but it's actually the most requested duty station, I don't know why tho. LOL. but their hopsital, Madigan, is pretty nice. Never been to Hawaii, but i've heard it's beautiful but very expensive to live. Their hospital there, Tripler, is HUGE, and pink, so you can't miss it. LOL. I've been and worked in Ft. Bragg for 3 weeks for cadet nursing summer training program, and the hospital is nice, but the area around it is pretty bad and dangerous. nothing really much to do around, but i had a great time with the other nursing cadets. it's a pretty HOOAH base too. And for GA, its super hot there. Good luck deciding! i'm sure you'll pick the one that is right for you!!
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    I grew up right near Landstuhl -- graduated from high school at Ramstein. You will LOVE it, I am sure!! I miss Germany so much. Good luck!!!
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    Lunah
    There are a few civilian job openings at LRMC if your interested:-)
    Steve
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    Quote from stevefl
    Lunah
    There are a few civilian job openings at LRMC if your interested:-)
    Steve
    I've applied! I'm also going to be talking to an Army recruiter next week as well, just to pursue things from another angle. But I would love to go back over to Germany in a civilian capacity, at the very least.
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    Lunah
    There are a few civilian job openings at LRMC if your interested:-)
    Steve
    Do you have any specific contacts? I've been applying since Dec 2007 and even had 3 interviews in person in Heidelberg and Eastern Germany but there just weren't any positions available... I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and would love to return to Germany to work, as my German boyfriend is in Stuttgart working on his PhD so long distance relationship is tough.
    I am applying to CPOL, USAjobs.gov, as well as some jobs in Switzerland (not military) they have something similar to NPs so we'll see, but the best would be if I could get a job at ANY base in Germany as a FNP.
    Thanks!
    Neelia
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    I can't find the one site that had several current job posts but here are a couple links that might help.
    http://www.landstuhl.healthcare.hqus...l/sitemap.aspx
    http://www.medcell.army.mil
    Medcell is a little more specific then CPOL.
    Also if you try the LRMC link there is contact info all the different departments at the hospital.
    Then again you might want to try a civilian job in the KMC area, try http://www.kaiserslauternamerican.com and try the contact page there was a large area for civilian health care for Americans around KMC.
    Hope this helps
    Steve
    Last edit by stevefl on Jan 12, '10 : Reason: forgot .com on link
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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?


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