I am in the Navy Nurse Candidate Program and just found out where my first duty station will be. I am due to graduate in December of this year, then I'm off to OIS in January.
I also know I will be a part of the "Fleet Hospital Platform", which will give me "outstanding operational training and field experience". I take this to mean that I may be getting deployed somewhere, or at least trained and ready to deploy.
Can anyone with Navy nursing experience explain to me what being assigned to a fleet hospital means and what types of deployments I may expect? Would this happen in my first year as a nurse? I'm just feeling a little in the dark as to what I should be prepared for, and wish to prepare myself and my family accordingly.
Also, any tips for success at OIS would be appreciated.
I would be grateful for any tips, hints, or valuable information which would serve a future Navy ensign well....Thanks for any comments anyone may have.
so...are you assigned to a hospital first? the big 3 is what I was told, and there for your whole first enlistment? Is the fleet platform in addition to the hospital assignment? I'm considering."
The fleet platform IS potential additional duty that they train you for regardless. You could go out for 2 wks just for training purposes too. Not that bad, usually not far from the coast which is a tease!
If a catastrophe(ex. Katrina)/mission(ex. Iraq) needs medical support, they could pull you if you are on a platform to go help out. Go bye bye for a few months. Life at the Balboa hospital goes on w/o you.
I'm pretty sure you spend your first 4 yrs at your first command as a NC officer. I'd love to do that(if I was still in)!
Last edit by kaizenro on Oct 18, '05