rules for military nursing -- disappointing :(

  1. i am a practicing nurse for 7 years with a BSN and is determined to join the navy. i spoke to a recruiter and was disappointed that they're NOT accepting a foreign graduate, YET, an NCLEX and a CGFNS-passer (CGFNS - Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School) AND has been serving Uncle Sam for years! they said if im sooo determined to join the Navy as an officer, i need to re-take my Bachelors at a school accredited by NLNAC and CCNE -- REALLY?! i AM gna have to REPEAT a degree that i have been practicing in the United States ALREADY?!!

    total BS.

    OMG, enlighten my soul and make me feel better. THANK YOU.
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  3. by   jeckrn
    The drawdown has given the military the ability to be very selective at this time. I understand your frustrastion but there has to be some kind of baseline for training.
  4. by   nurse2033
    Sorry you can't serve as you'd like. The military is just like any employer, they get to set the requirements for employment. You might try a school like Excelsior that might give you credit for classes already taken.
  5. by   NursePamela
    I would certainly get another opinion.
  6. by   deftonez188
    Your civilian employment and potential military employment are not equivalent. If I moved to Canada and had a license to practice there, I would not immediately expect my foreign (even US) education to guarantee me a position in their military. Even if you went to an American school that was not CCNE accredited, the Navy would not accept your degree - case in point: I was required to attend a school chosen from a list via my recruiter, and one of my alternative choices was not CCNE accredited and was thus invalid.

    Sorry to hear you're upset about this - on the bright side, you've been employed here for 7 years as you said, which is all many foreign educated nurses could hope for.
  7. by   Pixie.RN
    All branches of service have the same requirement for accreditation. Have you explored the possibility of continuing on for an MSN at a school with the required accreditation? Might be something to explore with a recruiter.
  8. by   aura_of_laura
    Hmm. I personally know at least one new AF nurse who went to school overseas (Russia), not sure if it was accredited by those agencies... A second opinion never hurts.