Which branch is better for nursing?

  1. I hear that a certain area of the miltary for nursing is better. I need to know which one is better and why I haven't done thorough research but. I want to do the Nurse Navy Corps. But a friend of mine said that I should look into the Airforce its way better..I need other opinions beside one.So my questions are..

    Which area of the miltary has a better nursing program?
    Which one do you benefit more from?
    Is each branch of the miltary program for nursing varies for person

    I need as much info on each branch if that is okay thanks
    if you have any inputs or recommendations that would be nice
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  3. by   navynurse06
    hello i'm a navy nurse and would love to answer any questions you have about the navy.
    i don't know where your friend got her info about the usaf being better. i don't know what she means by that. but i love the navy. but i don't know how to answers your questions as far as which one is better. it depends on what areas you want to live in, how your feel about getting deployed, etc. being in the military isn't for everyone, and each person experiences vary. if you have more specific questions i would love to answer them. also, don't forget we are the medical for the marines!
    are you in nursing school?
    i look forward to discuss this further with you.
    [font='times new roman']ens pm
  4. by   `M3.
    Quote from navynurse06
    hello i'm a navy nurse and would love to answer any questions you have about the navy.
    i don't know where your friend got her info about the usaf being better. i don't know what she means by that. but i love the navy. but i don't know how to answers your questions as far as which one is better. it depends on what areas you want to live in, how your feel about getting deployed, etc. being in the military isn't for everyone, and each person experiences vary. if you have more specific questions i would love to answer them. also, don't forget we are the medical for the marines!
    are you in nursing school?
    i look forward to discuss this further with you.
    ens pm
    well i am working on getting my asn...and along with that i recieve a diploma in nursing..because before that i attended a 4 yr school but money was tight and i was unable to return to that school..so i'm starting over..well not completely....i don't want to be deployed..but i really wanted to go to the navy before but parents wouldn't allow me..and i want to work for the government.

    my questions are

    what benefits do you gain in the navy?
    what is the nurse navy corps all about?
    are there different benefits withe navy nurse corps than the navy itself?
    do nurses in the navy experience in different fields of nursing?
    if you go into the navy nurse corps with a degree is it different than a person who has no degree?

    i don't want to overflow you with question but these are the ones i can think of for now...thanks
  5. by   navynurse06
    Ok 1st you have to have a BSN to be active duty any any branch of the service! Only the army reserves are accepting ADN/ASN nurses.

    Navy nursings gives you the benefit of serving your country, pay is pretty good, and benefits are awesome. Good retirement opitions. If you stay active duty for 20 yrs you can retire (regardless of age). If you retire after 20 yrs you will recieve a pension and will have medical for life for you and your family. The navy provides great training for all areas of nursing and provides every chance to extended you education. (ie MSN etc).
    As far as different benefits from the Nurse Corps beside the Navy.....no. You're a naval officer but that's it.
    You have to have a degree to be in th Nurse Corps (bsn or higher). If you don't have a degree than you are enlisted. We have corpsmen in the navy who are enlisted medical staff. They can be compared to LPN/LVN's in the civialian world.
    Hope that helps.
  6. by   `M3.
    Quote from navynurse06
    Ok 1st you have to have a BSN to be active duty any any branch of the service! Only the army reserves are accepting ADN/ASN nurses.

    Navy nursings gives you the benefit of serving your country, pay is pretty good, and benefits are awesome. Good retirement opitions. If you stay active duty for 20 yrs you can retire (regardless of age). If you retire after 20 yrs you will recieve a pension and will have medical for life for you and your family. The navy provides great training for all areas of nursing and provides every chance to extended you education. (ie MSN etc).
    As far as different benefits from the Nurse Corps beside the Navy.....no. You're a naval officer but that's it.
    You have to have a degree to be in th Nurse Corps (bsn or higher). If you don't have a degree than you are enlisted. We have corpsmen in the navy who are enlisted medical staff. They can be compared to LPN/LVN's in the civialian world.
    Hope that helps.
    Thanks..a bunch now i know that...even if you have a diploma in Nursing...this is very interesting

    Is there Forensic Nursing in the Navy?
  7. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Just speaking about military branches generally, and not nursing specifically:

    The AF takes better care of its people, but that comes at the cost of advancement. They advance more slowly BECAUSE they spend more of their resources on 'creature comforts'.

    The Navy has a more laid back view of the military - they tend to focus more on the job. Being in the navy is more about getting the job done than the full military experience. I used to tell my marine brothers that I get paid the same AND I don't have to get up at 5am.

    The Army has the crisp 'military' look to it. You do the job AND get the full military experience. There is a certain pride in that.

    Each has their advantages and drawbacks. It just depends on what you are looking to find with your military experience.

    There was on old joke about the differences in branches: tell a service member to 'secure' a building, and each will take a different understanding:

    The marines will storm the building and take it over.

    The army will set up a guard detail to defend the building.

    The navy will lock up the building when they leave.

    And the AF? They'll go get a six month lease on the building. . .

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  8. by   `M3.
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Just speaking about military branches generally, and not nursing specifically:

    The AF takes better care of its people, but that comes at the cost of advancement. They advance more slowly BECAUSE they spend more of their resources on 'creature comforts'.

    The Navy has a more laid back view of the military - they tend to focus more on the job. Being in the navy is more about getting the job done than the full military experience. I used to tell my marine brothers that I get paid the same AND I don't have to get up at 5am.

    The Army has the crisp 'military' look to it. You do the job AND get the full military experience. There is a certain pride in that.

    Each has their advantages and drawbacks. It just depends on what you are looking to find with your military experience.

    There was on old joke about the differences in branches: tell a service member to 'secure' a building, and each will take a different understanding:

    The marines will storm the building and take it over.

    The army will set up a guard detail to defend the building.

    The navy will lock up the building when they leave.

    And the AF? They'll go get a six month lease on the building. . .

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    oh okay thanks...what do you mean by creature comforts? What if i'm just looking to be in the Navy or AF because of nursing and not be deployed is that possible or not? Does that question make sense?
  9. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from `M3.
    oh okay thanks...what do you mean by creature comforts? What if i'm just looking to be in the Navy or AF because of nursing and not be deployed is that possible or not? Does that question make sense?
    Not possible.

    When I was on active duty (I wasn't a nurse then), we were required to do 2 OUTUS (outside the continental US) tours for every CONUS (inside the continential US) tour.

    As far as reserves? Many times, reservists will be called up to fill CONUS jobs of active duty members so that those members can be deployed. But ask the thousands of reservists in Iraq and Afganistan if you can avoid being deployed in the reserves.

    If being deployed is not an option, the military is not an option. After all, once you swear that oath, that option is no longer yours. You serve the needs of the military, not the other way around. While they DO try to accomodate, they do so by first looking at THEIR needs.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  10. by   `M3.
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Not possible.

    When I was on active duty (I wasn't a nurse then), we were required to do 2 OUTUS (outside the continental US) tours for every CONUS (inside the continential US) tour.

    As far as reserves? Many times, reservists will be called up to fill CONUS jobs of active duty members so that those members can be deployed. But ask the thousands of reservists in Iraq and Afganistan if you can avoid being deployed in the reserves.

    If being deployed is not an option, the military is not an option. After all, once you swear that oath, that option is no longer yours. You serve the needs of the military, not the other way around. While they DO try to accomodate, they do so by first looking at THEIR needs.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    okay..I mean i'm still young..The guy whom I talked to about the whole Navy thing, he said you can be deployed or not it depends...But he said its slightly not to he deployed..

    Does it matter what career you choose?
  11. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from `M3.
    okay..I mean i'm still young..The guy whom I talked to about the whole Navy thing, he said you can be deployed or not it depends...But he said its slightly not to he deployed..

    Does it matter what career you choose?
    Do you know how to tell when a recruiter is lying to you?

    His lips are moving.

    If any recruiter tells you you can be in the military and choose not to deploy, he's lying to you. The military CAN meet your personals needs, and I highly recommend it, BUT, they DO actually fill THEIR needs first.

    That's why being in the military is so awesome: serving your country. But, that service IS actually geared towards the best needs of the nation, first.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  12. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from `M3.
    okay..I mean i'm still young..The guy whom I talked to about the whole Navy thing, he said you can be deployed or not it depends...But he said its slightly not to he deployed..

    Does it matter what career you choose?
    And let me point something important out. Considering your age and the degree you are seeking, are you talking to an officer recruiter?

    Don't you DARE sign up with an enlisted recruiter to be a nurse. You'll be doing the job of officers at an enlisted level of salary and respect.

    NO NO NO.

    I enlisted when I was your age, and I am PROUD of that experience. But, my credentials were that of a H.S. grad.

    I would NEVER be a nurse for the military as an enlisted person. That is bringing way too much credentials to the table for being enlisted. I'm not knocking being enlisted, I'm knocking it if you are or plan to be an RN.

    That deserves the respect and pay of an officer.

    IF you are talking to an enlisted recruiter about being a nurse, stop! Now! Anything they have to offer you as an RN would be a disservice to you.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  13. by   `M3.
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    And let me point something important out. Considering your age and the degree you are seeking, are you talking to an officer recruiter?

    Don't you DARE sign up with an enlisted recruiter to be a nurse. You'll be doing the job of officers at an enlisted level of salary and respect.

    NO NO NO.

    I enlisted when I was your age, and I am PROUD of that experience. But, my credentials were that of a H.S. grad.

    I would NEVER be a nurse for the military as an enlisted person. That is bringing way too much credentials to the table for being enlisted. I'm not knocking being enlisted, I'm knocking it if you are or plan to be an RN.

    That deserves the respect and pay of an officer.

    IF you are talking to an enlisted recruiter about being a nurse, stop! Now! Anything they have to offer you as an RN would be a disservice to you.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Okay..I am indeed talking an enlisted officer....Though I'm currently in school studying for my ASN along with a Diploma in Nursing. Maybe I will just wait to recieve my BSN and then i can decide whether I want to go to the Navy or AF...thanks Tim
  14. by   Gennaver
    Quote from `M3.
    Okay..I am indeed talking an enlisted officer....Though I'm currently in school studying for my ASN along with a Diploma in Nursing. Maybe I will just wait to recieve my BSN and then i can decide whether I want to go to the Navy or AF...thanks Tim
    Hello,
    From what I understand you would be able to work as an officer in the Army Rerves when you have your Associates of nursing and then when you earn your BSN could transfer, (not sure of the detail on it) to the Active Duty. Either way, you would be an officer and not enlisted.

    Good luck,
    Gen

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