I am an RN with my B.S. It has always been my dream to serve in the Nurse Corps! Unfortunately, I have a history of Asthma. I use an inhaler maybe once a year now. I didn't acquire the Dx of Asthma until I was an adult. It came on after I started smoking and when I quit smoking (3yrs later) it pretty much went away. It's been about 3 years since I quit. Also, after I had my son I developed GAD/OCD. I mainly had fears of losing my mind. They put me on Zoloft and that took away my symptoms.. Then I abruptly quit taking my pills because I felt so much better (stupid idea!). This caused me to get so anxious that I would pretty much black out, so I VOLUNTARILY checked myself in to the hospital. I stayed there 5 days, but I could have gone home sooner. The psychiatrists told me that I wasn't crazy, I just stopped taking me Zoloft to quickly. Anyways, after I went on a Rx again, the doc slowly tapered me off of it. I went through Cognitive Behavioral therapy and I have been off my medicine for 3 years now, with no OCD or Anxiety WHATSOEVER! I know that a history of both of these conditions can automatically disqualify somebody from serving in the Navy. My questions are:
1. What are the chances of having both of these conditions waived if I have been symptom free and medicine free for 3 years?
2. Are my chances of having them waived higher since I would be going into the nurse corps as a DCO? (I was told that they are more likely to waive conditions if entering a demanding field)
3. Is there a rule that says after a certain number of years of being symptom free they can no longer disqualify me? Since I'm 25 now, I could wait another 10 years to join if it's necessary.
4. Is there a difference in qualifications with Active duty vs. Reserve?
I really want to serve my country and the world. I am an excellent nurse with a high GPA. I am willing to do anything and everything to get into the Nurse Corps. I am just afraid that my unfortunate health history is going to prevent me from it. I would appreciate any honest advice or tips that could help me become a Navy nurse
Thank you! Lisa