New Army Nurse Corps officers: first things first! - page 2

by Pixie.RN 29,361 Views | 48 Comments Senior Moderator

I am speaking fondly to my direct commission brethren (and sistren?) who don't know their ORB from their iPERMS. Some of this will seem obvious to prior service folks, or people who have been in for a while ... as one of the... Read More


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    I just did an OPD class for my fellow ICU RNs where I am currently stationed. 3/4 of the group were clueless about the ORB and what it means to have a good DA photo. I pull my ORB monthly bc stuff is always falling off. I blame leadership for not mentoring the junior ranks. I do not claim to be a SME but pls feel free to contact me if anyone has questions. My short term goal is to get to branch and take the 8A manager slot. The current system needs to be purged.
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    Thanks for sharing this info lunah. Do you have a senior officer that mentors you? It's kinda strange that they would not mention this information to the junior officers.
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    Quote from OBigdog26
    Thanks for sharing this info lunah. Do you have a senior officer that mentors you? It's kinda strange that they would not mention this information to the junior officers.
    I do, but they are spread very thin. Some of it is my issue, as in not asking for help or guidance when I should ... but sometimes I don't realize that I need to! LOL. I don't know what I don't know, you know?
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    Lunah, what age were you when you came in? Do you see brand new 2LTs in their early 30s? Im curious because I'm prior enlisted, about to finish my BSN and have thought about coming back in. I'm just wondering if it's too late, especially with all the reduction in force and cuts to the military I keep hearing about.
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    I was 38 when I commissioned, and was 39 by the time I finished BOLC and in-processed to my first duty assignment. It's never too late! Seriously, if you want to come back in, go for it. We had our branch managers from Ft. Knox visit last year, and they said the average age of a 1LT in the Nurse Corps is about 30 these days. It's not unusual to be older, especially if nursing isn't your first career.

    Your best bet is to get a couple years of experience, then apply. They are more inclined to take nurses with experience right now. But talk to a healthcare recruiter -- this stuff changes all the time.
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    Thanks Lunah . I guess I just remember all the young O1s, O2s, O3s when I was in and everyone retiring around 38-42 years of age. Do you have any certifications right now? Do they offer any sort of annual bonus for having one? I keep finding conflicting information. If you know, please let me know.
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    I have my CEN, and I do get an annual bonus for that -- $20K per year, before taxes, as Incentive Special Pay (ISP). It would not surprise me if they did away with the ISP at some point -- we heard rumors last year that it was going away, but apparently hasn't yet.
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    Did you have your CEN prior to commissioning, or was this something you obtained after you got in?
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    I had it a couple of years before I commissioned.
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    Quote from tacomaster
    Thanks Lunah . I guess I just remember all the young O1s, O2s, O3s when I was in and everyone retiring around 38-42 years of age. Do you have any certifications right now? Do they offer any sort of annual bonus for having one? I keep finding conflicting information. If you know, please let me know.
    I was "old(30)" when I commissioned too. There are a few of us out there and you will meet more prior service peeps at BOLC, as well as direct commissions that have years of experience.
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