New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help? - page 15

by Sw88tpea

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Hi there, I've been a nurse since 2010 and graduated from University of Portland, Oregon. I worked in mental health and with the red cross for a year before applying for the Navy. 13 mos later I found myself at Officer... Read More


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    Quote from The Tiki
    [COLOR=#003366]Sw88tpea[/COLOR],

    is your date of rank based on your graduation date from your BSN program?
    Date of rank is based on years you have worked full time as an RN, BSN only. Civilian time gets cut in half usually to add on to military time. For example, if you are a new grad with no experience, you will be an O-1 (Ensign). If you are an RN, BSN with 4 years of RN, BSN full time work, then you may have the opportunity to have your date of rank 'backdated' so you would come in as an O-2 (LtJG).

    However, many nurses get confused when they have been an RN, ADN. No time as an associate degree nurse will count towards rank. It has more to do with the commission than the nursing and the idea of being a Naval Officer (which requires a 4 year accredited degree Navy-wide).
    Last edit by Sw88tpea on Feb 8, '13 : Reason: error
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    Officers rarely live on base and use 'possible hotel days' when transitioning into off-base housing.


    Not a true statement at all duty stations. Plenty of officers live on base at places other than Portsmouth.
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    Does anyone know the navy incentive amount ICU nurses? I think it's 20k for a 3 yr agreement and 30k for a 4 yr agreement.
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    #newnavynurse You're right! I apologize, I am speaking regarding my own experience in Portsmouth, VA. I appreciate your input.

    #staugnurse The incentive can change. My agreement was 20K for 3yr however, with the recent changes in budget they may very well change the options. When I was coming in I believe it was 30K for 4 yrs.

    Anyone else have some input?
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    Quote from Sw88tpea
    Date of rank is based on years you have worked full time as an RN, BSN only. Civilian time gets cut in half usually to add on to military time. For example, if you are a new grad with no experience, you will be an O-1 (Ensign). If you are an RN, BSN with 4 years of RN, BSN full time work, then you may have the opportunity to have your date of rank 'backdated' so you would come in as an O-2 (LtJG).

    However, many nurses get confused when they have been an RN, ADN. No time as an associate degree nurse will count towards rank. It has more to do with the commission than the nursing and the idea of being a Naval Officer (which requires a 4 year accredited degree Navy-wide).
    Thank you for your response, but you did not understand my question. I am in the NCP former enlisted. My command told me that my date of rank to O1E will be based on my graduation date and not my commissioning date. Is that true? For example, I graduate w/ my BSN on May 5, 2013 is this my date of rank? - will I put on O2E on May 5, 2015? or will it be based on the date of my commissioning after passing the nclex? or will it be based on the day I start active duty at ODS?

    Thank you.
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    I apologize, I did not realize you were prior. In your situation, though I do not know from my own personal experience, I asked an O-1E nurse on my unit right now who came in within the past 3 months. Your date of rank starts upon your commissioning. Your swearing in and acceptance of commission is what makes you an officer, not your degree and RN license. Hope that helps!
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    Hey, I'm a Registered Dietitian who found this thread. I too, am newly-commissioned and will be headed to ODS in March! I feel like I've found my people here
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    Quote from Sw88tpea
    I apologize, I did not realize you were prior. In your situation, though I do not know from my own personal experience, I asked an O-1E nurse on my unit right now who came in within the past 3 months. Your date of rank starts upon your commissioning. Your swearing in and acceptance of commission is what makes you an officer, not your degree and RN license. Hope that helps!
    That was my understand as well and how it was explained to me by my recruiter, but a recent email regarding filling out my Duty Preference Sheet said: e.) Education level is total # of years in school to date. ***I need an accurate graduation date as that will be your Date of Rank to ENSIGN***.

    I'm prior enlisted as well and when I made 3rd class I had to wait until I was frocked before I could wear my rank, but for pay purpose it was whenever the Navy selected me for third class and sent out my frocking letter to my command. Maybe it is similar for officers?
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    Quote from staugnurse
    Does anyone know the navy incentive amount ICU nurses? I think it's 20k for a 3 yr agreement and 30k for a 4 yr agreement.
    My husband is at ODS right now, and will be stationed at Walter Reed in March! He is an ICU nurse with 1.5 years civilian experience and he was offered either 20k for 3 years or 30k for 4 years. He took the 4 years

    Unfortunately I didn't make the Med-Surg boards this past round, so I'm just going to try to get an ICU job when we move to Bethesda and apply again as an ICU nurse. It kills me seeing him be in and me not, though! ha ha ha. Someday I'll get in... :***:
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    Quote from PineappleCrush

    My husband is at ODS right now, and will be stationed at Walter Reed in March! He is an ICU nurse with 1.5 years civilian experience and he was offered either 20k for 3 years or 30k for 4 years. He took the 4 years

    Unfortunately I didn't make the Med-Surg boards this past round, so I'm just going to try to get an ICU job when we move to Bethesda and apply again as an ICU nurse. It kills me seeing him be in and me not, though! ha ha ha. Someday I'll get in... :***:
    Was Bethesda is first choice?


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