ODS aug. 2012 and stationed at NAS Jacksonville - page 2

Hi I just wanted to know if anyone had any experience in Jacksonville? What is it like working there? What are the hours like? the town itself? Also do you have any advice for me going to ODS next... Read More

  1. Visit  ameadows4 profile page
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    and when are you supposed to report to NAS JAX...i have to report NLT 28 sept.
  2. Visit  navylynn profile page
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    I report NLT 30 sept which is slow because thats a sunday so I may do that friday just to be safe if i have everything complete living wise... but I did get a sponsor and I have been contacting her about the area and places to live I am planning on going down for a tour of the base before ODS
  3. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
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    Hi there, I went to ODS in February and posted a lot of information on this post. I'm stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. I have completed the nurse grad program and am now working on the Progressive Care Unit/Critical Care Unit. Feel free to send me questions. Good luck to you all. Go Navy!
  4. Visit  ameadows4 profile page
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    yeah 30 sept is a weird date but who knows and yes going down for a tour is definitely a good idea...i need to try to do the same once i get in contact with my sponsor...do you have any clue of the areas you will be looking to reside in?
  5. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
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    Note re: NLT Date

    The Friday you graduate from ODS counts as a travel day. Verify how many travel days you have (one if you're flying, more if you're driving). The next day you must check in and have your orders stamped regardless of your NLT date. If you don't you will be charged leave again, regardless of your NLT date.

    The sponsor program is great though it still working out the kinks. I did not receive contact from my sponsor until my second to last week at ODS.

    Be resourceful nurses. You can do it!
  6. Visit  navylynn profile page
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    I have been looking in the Orange park area and ortega hills which i believe are close to base
  7. Visit  staugnurse profile page
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    Quote from navylynn
    I have been looking in the Orange park area and ortega hills which i believe are close to base
    I live I jax. Orange park is very close. Argyle is in orange park and very close also. I live about 15 mins from the base in Fleming island. I'm not certain if U have children but fleming island area has really goo schools.
  8. Visit  navylynn profile page
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    Quote from staugnurse
    I live I jax. Orange park is very close. Argyle is in orange park and very close also. I live about 15 mins from the base in Fleming island. I'm not certain if U have children but fleming island area has really goo schools.

    Thank you I will look into that area
  9. Visit  shighsmith profile page
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    I live in jacksonville my husband was born here and this is where we moved when he left the Army in 2004. Jacksonville is a beautiful city, as is Orange Park. There are bad parts of town on the westside of the city but for the most part it is so awesome. We have beautiful beaches, very beautiful river life. WE have an NFL franchise which is a huge event every sunday. Very close to St. Augustine (30-45 min drive). St. Augustine is so beautiful. Just make sure you get out to the beaches and other great parts of the city. I think you will love it.
  10. Visit  ameadows4 profile page
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    thank you..i will look into those areas as well.
  11. Visit  AKRN907 profile page
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    Quote from Sw88tpea
    Hi there, I went to ODS in February and posted a lot of information on this post. I'm stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. I have completed the nurse grad program and am now working on the Progressive Care Unit/Critical Care Unit. Feel free to send me questions. Good luck to you all. Go Navy!
    Hi Sw88tpea, just a couple questions for you. I am still in the decision making process of joining the Navy and am always looking for more information. Were you a nurse previously before being Commissioned, or did they just advance you to a special unit quickly? What is the "nurse grad program" is that something all Navy nurses go through, or only new grads? I have been a Nurse for 5.5 years, so just wondering how the process works from transitioning from civilian to military nursing. How are you liking Portsmouth? Is it a nice facility to work at? I still have a lot of learning to do about all of this, but any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  12. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
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    I was a nurse for two years before joining. Even experienced nurses go through the nurse grad program. I felt that it was educational. It was an easy schedule that rotated you through the hospital so you met a lot of people and learned about how the whole hospital works and not just one unit. For experienced nurses they often cut it short.
    It seems that I was able to get to a critical care unit because I have experience. The nurses that came before and after me all had experience as well.
    Also with experience the military can give you 'time in' by moving up your date of rank so you come in higher up than just a new grad. Some nurses can come in as O-2 even.
    I'm enjoying working at Portsmouth. Military nursing is very different but when you get down to it, patient care is patient care and you can do it.
    Feel free to message me more questions.
  13. Visit  AKRN907 profile page
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    Thanks Sw88tpea,
    I really appreciate all your information on this thread and others I've read from you. I do have some more questions that I would love to ask you. I just have to make a few more posts before I can PM One quick question though. Did it take 13 month to complete the whole application process for you to get in? That just seems like such a long process!
    Sw88tpea likes this.


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