One Year in the Army Nurse Corps, DNA x 3, and Tinfoil Lining in my Patrol Cap - page 3
by Pixie.RN 7,689 Views | 30 Comments Senior Moderator
In March I hit my one-year-in mark. Hooray! How are things going, you ask? Overall, not bad. I still work a lot of hours, and it's still probably too much (in others' opinions). The difference is that I have one employer instead... Read More
- 1Apr 21, '12 by sierra117Your write-up was entertaining to read - both making me smile and causing a slight crease in my brow. 14 years, Air Force and Army, both sides of the fence, more AFSCs and MOSs than I can count on one hand, combat & non-combat oriented. Your first year equates to 1/5th of the 'get used to [insert here]' aspect of military life. While challenging, it is also equally - and at times - even more so, rewarding. Don't be so quick to shun the PFCs and SFC's, etc., because as an officer, your primary job at all times is to set an example. Think back to your days as a civilian - first or new job, maybe not 100% of what you wanted to be doing, but you were doing it anyway. While their jobs may not be (real or perceived) on the same required education level as yours (mine), it is, more often than not, just as technical and stressful. Take a minute to remember what it was like to be in his/her shoes - and then treat them how you wished others would have treated you back in the day.
Last note - congrats on volunteering for military service. It's for some, not for others. However, it is what you make it and with that being said, enjoy and challenge yourself - both personally & professionally - and take advantage of the many opportunities a military life has to offer.
- 0Apr 22, '12 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorQuote from sierra117Huh? Where am I "shunning" anyone? Still trying to figure this one out ... I have nothing but respect and admiration for my enlisted foks, and have said so. I work with some excellent medics, for example. I grew up around the military -- I know better than to judge someone by rank or MOS.Don't be so quick to shun the PFCs and SFC's, etc., because as an officer, your primary job at all times is to set an example. Think back to your days as a civilian - first or new job, maybe not 100% of what you wanted to be doing, but you were doing it anyway.
- 1Apr 22, '12 by midinphxWell, I can totally relate to this story. My harassing e-mails have me running all over the place from Fort Sam over to Lackland. And no one knows where the origin of the task is at --- so I go back and forth, and take names! lol
So Army and AF both enjoy sending us out on wild goose chases. Fun Fun Fun
- 1Apr 22, '12 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorHa -- at least my wild goose chase had a much smaller distance to cover, and much of it by phone.
After I got it all straightened out again, I got an email Friday from our NCOIC with the subject line "MEDPROS." I'm like, great, now what??? DNA again? Nope, he just wanted to remind me that I'm 90 days out from needing my annual dental exam.
- 0Apr 24, '12 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorHappy to say I passed my PT test yesterday. Improved my push-ups and sit-ups (sit-ups have always been my nemesis, so I was soooo happy about this!), but my run was U-G-L-Y!!! My lungs are clearly not 100% yet after my two-month coughing spree. I seriously thought I might have a syncopal episode while running, I was so dizzy and my pace was bad, I just couldn't get my breathing right. Bleh. I thought I might end up in my own ER on my day off! I made it and passed, but that was one of the worst runs I've done. I actually for-real vomited when I finished, haha. Oh well ... the next one will be better!