New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help? - page 6

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. by   Sw88tpea
    Hi NavyRN1790,

    I cannot say that your tech experience can influence much but why not give it a try. Hand your boss your resume, introduce yourself, your boss will want to know what you have to offer! I have yet to see a new grad head into ICU but I have seen people transfer there after their first 12-18mo assignment. If you verbalize where you want to go and work at it, people will want to help you get there!

    I chose not to live in Portsmouth. There are some areas that are OK and there are some areas that are 'ghetto.' I'm happy to elaborate with a PM. I chose to live in Norfolk and got lucky with a house in Ghent and a roommate (that I met at ODS). I love the area with students, intellectuals, near restaurants and being near downtown Norfolk. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I know several nurses that live at myrtles but it seems that they are a little more 'stuck in Portsmouth' on Saturday nights which, is not where I choose to go.

    I was successful in finding a roommate at ODS. I can also help you out in the even there is someone in the previous or post ODS class that may be up for it. I may be able to connect the two of you. It's nice to have a place before you go to ODS but I didn't and managed just fine. The Navy will pay for 10 hotel days upon arrival and then you will receive BAH too. Also-my roomie and I are considering renting our spare room to newcomers for $100-200/wk. It's nice to have a full kitchen and laundry upon arrival-and to know people.

    I do not hit traffic with the nursing shifts 7 to 7. When I work day shift, you're traveling before and after the traffic. I do hit some when I work nights headed from Portsmouth to Norfolk but it still takes me less than 10 min to get through the tunnel. I would not worry about traffic.

    Bring your uniforms! You might not have to purchase more. Just inform your class team (leaders) and they will look them over for you to let you know if they are within regs. Save some money! The prior-enlisted in my ODS class did the same thing.

    We can talk more about being successful at the hospital when you get here. No need to worry now. I look forward to meeting you! Feel free to send me more questions and I can get you my contact info too! Go Navy!
  2. by   Sw88tpea
    Hi CarolinaKate88! Congrats on your orders! Can't wait to meet you too! Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have! Go Navy!
  3. by   navyRN1790
    carolinakate88: yes!!! it's such a relief to know I am not going to Portsmouth alone! I went to visit twice and it seems like an awesome facility! Where did you go to nursing school? Did you do the NCP?
  4. by   navyRN1790
    Sw88tpea thank you for getting back to me!!

    Yeah to be quite honest there weren't many living options besides the Myrtles and Harbor Towers and 1 bedrooms were expensive $999- $1150 (including most utilities). Ensigns are given $1266 BAH in the Norfolk/Portsmouth area and that would pretty much be breaking even. It would be nice to bank a couple extra bucks a month especially with my school loan, car payments, etc. . Plus I think it is good to have a roommate/s when you're moving to a new place especially if you're young and single. There also doesn't seem much to do in Portsmouth besides eat at the 4 restaurants and that could soon get old. I went to school and lived in Philadelphia so I am quite use to having many options on entertainment and a nightlife. I went to the Ghent area and really liked it. It reminds me of a northeast town. That is a relief to hear traffic isn't horrible.

    That's nice the Navy pays for you to live in a Hotel for 10 days and you're not pressured to find housing prior to arrival. My only concern is what do I do with my household goods? I'll have bedroom furniture, a coffee table, end table, tv, clothes, etc. Is it put in storage in Portsmouth if you don't have housing yet? Should I have everything sent down before ODS? I live in NJ (approx 6 hours from Portsmouth) so would they just take my stuff down during my 10 days of leave i receive from R.I. to Portsmouth. I was planning on stopping back in New Jersey for a day or so before heading down to Portsmouth anyway if it was allowed.

    Yes! That is very thoughtful to offer me a temporary place. I'll definitely keep that in mind. That would be sweet if you could find someone from previous or post ODS dates that would be up for it, but if not I understand! It's probably hard to convince someone to live with a person they never met lol. I am very easy going person with a work hard/play hard attitude. I'd like to say I get along with everyone. Career-oriented and organized (most of the time). I enjoy the outdoor life and beach. I like to run long-distance and swim. I enjoy live music. Pretty much love trying new things and meeting new people. Hopefully I will get lucky like you and meet someone in ODS!

    Besides what is on the list to bring to ODS is there anything you would recommend bringing that is a must-have? I took naval leadership classes when I did NROTC for a year and I would think you need more than a 6X9 notebook. Should I bring a sleeping bag and a pillow because that was not listed.

    Sorry for all the questions. I just want to make sure that I am squared away and informed before leaving for ODS. I look forward to meeting you and I thank you again for reaching out to me. Have a great day!
  5. by   carolinakate88
    Good deal, navyRN1790! I went to the University of South Carolina (and I didn't do the NCP). I wasn't sure until the summer before my senior year of school (June 2010) that I wanted to pursue the Navy, so I've actually been working the last year while waiting on orders. I'm stoked to finally be a part of something bigger than myself, and carry on my parents' legacy. I've only been to the Norfolk area once, and we spent the entire day driving around because we were lost- I'm looking forward to getting to know the area and am taking this whole adventure one day at a time. Can't wait to meet you in Newport!

    Sw88tpea, I have a question in regards to RN licensing- does the Navy just take that over once you start working? Mine is due to expire at the end of this year and I have some hours of continuing education logged, but I have not reached my goal. I wasn't sure if this was something I needed to get squared away, or if licensing in the military operated differently.
  6. by   navyRN1790
    It's a decision well made carolinakate88. I have family that was in the navy, too! My name is Elise, hopefully we will meet in Newport!
  7. by   akmt
    Hey Sweet88pea and other Navy nurses I have a couple questions about direct assencion into the navy nurse corps and how long our application had taken before you recieved word back and what not.. any response is helpful. Thanks!

    Here's a little background first. I graduated in May 12' with my BSN and currently work at an ambulatory clinic. I knew the process to join the navy was long so I went right into work and decided to apply in June. I contacted the officer recruiter (in June) and have sent off my scroll and done the security screen but feel as if I'm at a stand still right now. I live in a remote part of Alaska so I'm having to fax everything and have it mailed and so forth. I was chosen to go on the MED VIP trip to do my interviews in 2 weeks but couldn't get the time off and have yet to have my officer interviews set up. I know they do boards starting in August and I'm a little panicky since there is still stuff I haven't completed yet.

    I heard that it is super competitive to get in as well and just wanted to know if your application process also took months to complete. When it was all said and done, when did you find out that you were picked for ODS? Sorry about the long windedness but only being able to talk to my recruiter via email and telephone make things just a little more difficult and I wanted to hear from someone who has already gone through the process. Thanks so much!
  8. by   Sw88tpea
    navyRN1790 No worries about the questions-everyone has lots, that's why I started this. I would move your HHG before you leave for ODS. You have a lot going on once you are in and it's nice to already have this taken care of. I had mine shipped and then they will put it in storage until you find a place. Then you just call and schedule it to be delivered. You will have time to stop in New Jersey for a night-Friday. The '10 days of leave' from RI to VA is earned leave-leave you haven't even earned yet. I do not recommend using is unless you really need to.
    It is not a bad idea to bring your own bedding to ODS. I did.
  9. by   Sw88tpea

    It is your responsibility to maintain one, active nursing license (from any state) while in the Navy. Don't let it expire.
  10. by   Sw88tpea

    There is no reason you can't complete your interviews over the phone. Just schedule them this week. Do you have your letters of rec and physical completed? Ask your recruiter to set you up for success and turn in your packet in time for the boards-or you will have to wait another year.

    My application took months and it actually took me 2.5 years to come in. I decided I wanted to join in September-just after the boards met so I had to wait a year to even submit my packet. Once you are in, you will then receive your orders which state where your assignment is and when you should arrive and when you should go to ODS. I was selected in September and received orders in December. I left for ODS in February.

    Keep the questions coming. Bust out the rest of your packet this week! Having prior nursing experience will help you out. Go Navy!
  11. by   navyRN1790

    I just sent in my HHG shipment application and the required paperwork in and they are scheduled to pick up my stuff before i leave for ODS. Hopefully that is officially squared away.

    I contacted the sponsor command in portsmouth via e-mail on who I am and when I am expected to arrive and they said they would give me a sponsor later on. Should I call them and touch base or wait?
  12. by   robsrn888
    NavyRN1790 & carolinakate88,

    I'm also going to sept ODS and will be relocating to portsmouth after as well! Glad i wont be alone. I have been researching some of the same living situations as you have. I've been told to stay away from living directly in portsmouth and to look into ghent or suffolk. So will hopefully be loking into the ghent/norfolk area with whoever i hopefully meet at ODS.
  13. by   carolinakate88
    Woohoo! Can't wait to meet you! NavyRN1790 how in the world did you get your HHG set up? I have had the hardest time figuring out the online deal and when I called for help it was a short road to nowhere. I have a feeling they're going to have to come pack me after I leave, I'm a little behind in the game and just got the information on Wednesday when I swore in.