New Army Nurse! - page 3

Let me start off by saying that I know a lot of you are stressing over the FY2012 boards, and I wish you the best of luck! Personally, the army has put me through a roller coaster. I've been... Read More

  1. by   teddy4987
    wolexity21 - I'm expecting to go to BOLC in January as well! I haven't gotten my orders yet, but that is the anticipated date. I'm going through the new grad program still, even though by the time I go I'm going to have 6 months of experience (that's okay though, I still feel like I don't know anything!)

    Lunah - I was doing so well with my PT until recently! I could run 1.5 mi without stopping (granted it would take me like 23 min but I couldn't even do that before), but I just got hit with a case of bronchitis which has put the running on hold for a couple of weeks. But that's awesome that you can do 100 sit ups!

    Thank you everyone!
  2. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from wolexity21
    Hello Ma'am, I wanted to ask you a question, if i already did over a year on a medsurg unit as a civilian. Will the Nurse Manager in the army consider this experience and try to help get you into a specialty course. Will a yearly eval report from my civilian job be helpful to have handy or are they still going to make me do the 6-12 month medsurg before giving me the option to specialize
    I think that unless you have the equivalent to more than a year of RN time (which would be two years in the civilian world), they might have you do the clinical nurse transition program (CNTP). However, I don't know that for sure! Do you know what's written into your contract as far as course guarantees, etc.? I came in already specialized (66HM5, ER), so I'm not sure how it works for the regular 66Hs who are coming in.
  3. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from teddy4987
    Lunah - I was doing so well with my PT until recently! I could run 1.5 mi without stopping (granted it would take me like 23 min but I couldn't even do that before), but I just got hit with a case of bronchitis which has put the running on hold for a couple of weeks. But that's awesome that you can do 100 sit ups!
    Oh, I feel you! I have the worse chest cold going on right now ... I sound like Marge Simpson, it's awful. LOL. I can't do 100 sit-ups yet ... I didn't get to the end of the app, but I'm working on it! Right now I'm doing a total of 86, but they're in sets, like 17-17-18-17-17 with rest in between. The push-ups app is similar, but it'll get you to 50. My push-ups are pretty good, but I'm doing that app anyway. They're by Rittr Labs if you want to look for them. Keep up the running!!
  4. by   Sparticus391
    Hey Teddie. I'm actually going to e at the Jan OBC as well!! I'm getting stationed at Ft Sam also so I'm online aprtment shopping right now. I'm sure I'll see you around. Look for Lesko.
  5. by   teddy4987
    I am DYING to receive my orders! The branch manager said I should hear by...last week. I would love to get stationed at Ft. Sam! I will def see you there!
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from teddy4987
    The branch manager said I should hear by...last week.
    Hahaha, that made me LOL for real! Ugh, I remember that feeling. Keep us posted!! How is your running going?
  7. by   Sparticus391
    Waiting for orders is rough. It was almost as bad as waiting for my Nclex results. I'm currently recruiting nurse cadets for ROTC. I'll be down there on 4Jan.
  8. by   teddy4987
    Lunah -

    I can now run 2 miles! The only problem is it takes me between 21 and 23 minutes :uhoh21: But I do run almost everyday and given that 2 months ago I couldn't even run a half a mile (and I had to stop running for 4 weeks because of bronchitis), I'd say I should be able to pass the running before BOLC is over.

    Sparticus -

    I will actually be there for 3 Jan because I am attending the pre-BOLC course...which I didn't know existed until about 2 weeks ago haha

    Unless they change their mind and send me to a different BOLC date!
  9. by   Sparticus391
    whats the pre bolc course? And how come I haven't heard of this?
  10. by   teddy4987
    It's for direct commissions (like me) who don't have prior military experience or take ROTC. From what I understand, it's just to teach you basic military...things for lack of a better word.
  11. by   Pixie.RN
    Pre-BOLC is something that is kind of under-utilized -- it's for direct commissions who have no prior Army experience. They teach you the basics -- how to salute, who to salute and when, that kind of stuff. The people in my BOLC class who went to pre-BOLC also went out to Camp Bullis during pre-BOLC and got oriented to land nav, weapons, etc. They said it was very beneficial. Unfortunately not many recruiters have the info on pre-BOLC. Of our BOLC class of 200-something, only 6 people went to pre-BOLC. Granted, not all of those 200-something people were direct commissions, either.

    Teddy, good job on the running!! I also developed full-on bronchitis after my last post in this thread, and finally went on some abx to clear it up. I tried running a couple weeks ago and it was pitiful, hahaha. But I'm back on the wagon, running daily. Feels great. You'll be just fine at BOLC!
  12. by   Sparticus391
    Ahh I got ya. I'm prior service and did ROTC while in nursing school, so if you have any questions feel free to ask or email me at sparticus391@yahoo.com

    Lunah- I just read your 50 things to know while at BOLC, and it was AWESOME. I knew alot from being prior serivce and did AIT at Ft Sam, but great stuff for the Army Newbies out there.
  13. by   teddy4987
    I GOT MY ORDERS

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