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New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help? - page 17

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... Read More

  1. Visit  navyman7 profile page
    Just to clarify some things that corpsmen can do; what they can do all depends on where you work. Corpsmen in the ICU can do much more than corpsmen who work on stepdown or L&D units and vice verse. My corpsmen can work with central lines, push IV meds, etc. Just don't abuse the corpsmen. They are there to learn from nurses how to take care of those people downrange. They are not there to do the nurses work for them. Remember that. Too often do I see the nurses complain that the corpsmen are not doing what the nurses tell them to do, Whilst the nurses sit back and surf the internet all day.

    Just trying to state all the facts and start you out right is all. Good luck in your new career.
  2. Visit  MGNavyNurse profile page
    Hey BSN-NavyNurse I report to ODS May 12. Thanks everyone for the good information about ODS/Navy Nursing.
  3. Visit  BSN-NavyNurse profile page
    MGNavyNurse,

    See you this Sunday at ODS! :-)
  4. Visit  ymmb17 profile page
    sw88tpea if someones duty station is in portsmouth what is a good area to live in ?
  5. Visit  carolinapooh profile page
    Quote from navyman7
    Just to clarify some things that corpsmen can do; what they can do all depends on where you work. Corpsmen in the ICU can do much more than corpsmen who work on stepdown or L&D units and vice verse. My corpsmen can work with central lines, push IV meds, etc. Just don't abuse the corpsmen. They are there to learn from nurses how to take care of those people downrange. They are not there to do the nurses work for them. Remember that. Too often do I see the nurses complain that the corpsmen are not doing what the nurses tell them to do, Whilst the nurses sit back and surf the internet all day.

    Just trying to state all the facts and start you out right is all. Good luck in your new career.
    As the daughter of a late US Naval Corpsman who now rests in Arlington National Cemetery amongst his brothers (and sisters!), also please remember that YOU can learn a lot from the experienced corpsmen you work with. Many of them have infinitely more experience than you. For that matter, you can learn a lot from all your personnel, regardless of what service you're in. And yes, don't abuse them - I agree one hundred percent.
  6. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
    Quote from ymmb17
    sw88tpea if someones duty station is in portsmouth what is a good area to live in ?
    I live in the Ghent area of Norfolk. I like being able to walk to a good bar, a good grocery store, and being in a neighborhood where people like to do stuff. Note: I don't like suburbia, I don't have dependents, and I don't need a walmart close by.

    PORTSMOUTH
    -Portsmouth has some OK areas and the rest is bad. The only time I went to a grocery store there, someone was in a fist fight with the security guard.
    -I would recommend the neighborhood right outside the back gate of the hospital, I know people that live there.
    -Several folks live right outside the hospital in a complex called Myrtles-quick, easy walk to work.
    -Or the Olde Towne area is nice and also just a walk to a good bar.
    -Pretty much stay north of London BLVD. and east of Elm Ave.

    NORFOLK
    A lot of folks will talk about the bad traffic. Yes, if you work 8-5 you will hit tunnel traffic. Nurses work 12 hour shifts 07-19 so the most traffic I've ever sat in was an extra 15min for some construction.
    -If I could live anywhere I would live in West Ghent, a really nice, developed neighborhood with great neighbors.
    -I recommend staying west of HWY 460 and south of 22nd/HWY.
    -The Colonial Place neighborhood also seems nice. Some of my friends live at a complex near 38th Ave. called Riverhouse.
    -Stay away from Virginia Beach Blvd. Not a good area.
    -Downtown is fine, not a lot of grocery options, $$$.

    CHURCHLAND
    Churchland seems OK too. Driving down HWY 164 is pretty traffic-free. Not sure what's over there.

    CHEASAPEAKE
    I have a few friends in Chesapeake, they live in complexes with pools. We never really hang out over there though.

    OCEANVIEW
    My cop friend would say, 'Don't even think about it.' Though I'm sure there are good spots and bad spots.

    OCEANFRONT/VIRGINIA BEACH
    My friends at the beach hate their commute and wish they lived closer. It's awesome in the summer if you can walk to the beach. It's a tourist/summer-oriented area so for the other 8 months of the year it's completely dead. The only Whole Foods and Trader Joes are out there.

    If you would like to know more about any particular area or even specific streets/complexes just let me know. I can tell you or find someone who can tell you more about it!
  7. Visit  carolinapooh profile page
    GHENT! So nice to hear there's obviously been some gentrification there! I am a Navy brat and my mom grew up in Norview (back before it was the disaster is it now, believe me); my parents actually met in Norfolk. EONS ago my dad was Chief in the pharmacy at Portsmouth Naval. My mom went to nursing school at (now Sentara) Norfolk General Hospital back in the 1950s.

    Twenty, twenty-five years ago Ghent was NOT nice. Glad to hear it's not that way any more.

    Sorry - not trying to hijack....your post just made me a little bit homesick.... Sometimes I wish I'd gone in the Navy and not the USAF.
  8. Visit  ymmb17 profile page
    My boyfriend and I will be taking the NCLEX really soon. On a scale of 1-10 how hard did you find it? Did you take a review?
  9. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
    The NCLEX appears extremely difficult. It asks you more and more questions on topics you did not do well on. By the end of the test the questions are about diseases, medications, and procedures that you've never heard of. Most people feel like a failure at the end and the computer shuts down. I may have cried, I don't remember. Lol. I passed it in the minimum amount of questions, 75.

    I did take a review course-Kaplan. I probably didn't need it to pass the test, but I did need it to calm my nerves.

    My university used the ATI program throughout the two years. It had several practice tests that were available. Most of the test is about the test taking strategy, investigating the questions, knowing how to be calm and focused. I know this sounds terrible but I passed and most of my class did as well.

    Good luck!
  10. Visit  ymmb17 profile page
    Why did you feel like you didnt need the review? How did you study for the test?
  11. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
    Quote from ymmb17
    Why did you feel like you didnt need the review? How did you study for the test?
    You would probably benefit from visiting the allnurses NCLEX forum - http://allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/ - rather than discussing the NCLEX in the gov/mil forum. Best of luck to you! :-)
  12. Visit  ymmb17 profile page
    After taking the nclex how long after that did you leave to ODS?
  13. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
    I worked as a nurse for almost two years before leaving for the Navy. Feel free to PM me further questions.

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