would new grads be eligible?

  1. what kind of advanced RN training would we need to secure a position in a combat support hospital?
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  3. by   DanznRN
    O.K. need a little bit more here. Are you a new grad? What are you looking for? We have plenty to tell.

    LCDR Dan
  4. by   olivedrab
    i am looking for info on the specific qualifications necessary to be assigned to a CSH. such as: advanced RN training?

    just doing research still. am not an rn yet, nor am i signed up.

    thanks!
  5. by   DanznRN
    Olivedrab-

    As a new grad in the military, keeping this general, you are expected to learn how to be a practicing nurse, basically how not to kill someone. The Army does offer some sort of Critcal Care Nursing course they do, but I don't know how/ when you go. Look for Corvette Guy on this board and he can be more specific. As far as advanced training like MSNs and what not, the Navy requires you to finish one tour, 3 years on average, efore you can apply for any of the programs the Navy offers to get your Master's. As far as getting to the field, you normally do 1 year as a practicing nurse before they turn you loose to work in the field. Think about it, would you want a new grad caring for a guy/ gal that is shot up and bleeding? Not going to happen and the new grad couldn't do it competently. You have to get some less stressed care under your belt first.

    LCDR Dan
  6. by   Gennaver
    Quote from olivedrab
    i am looking for info on the specific qualifications necessary to be assigned to a CSH. such as: advanced RN training?

    just doing research still. am not an rn yet, nor am i signed up.

    thanks!
    Hello Olivedrab,

    While waiting for Corvetteguy to post I want to share what I suppose is a part of the case.

    As a senior year student I had many questions about when I assess.

    Just yesterday got the unofficial email welcoming me to the Army and when I spoke on the phone with the lady who prepared my package, who needed a final piece she told me that she expected the next time I heard her it would be to come and sign.

    So, through looking at many ROTC pages and information about new nurse graduates I am aware that all new nurses need to get their bedside experience in the Army before any special general course programs, (as for critical care, OR or others).

    It seems that before one can be stationed at a mobile unit that they must first have their Critical Care training, (which would be after your first year of bedside at an Army hospital or Army Medical Center).

    Meanwhile Good Luck.
    Gen
  7. by   IU95
    Quote from Gennaver
    Just yesterday got the unofficial email welcoming me to the Army and when I spoke on the phone with the lady who prepared my package, who needed a final piece she told me that she expected the next time I heard her it would be to come and sign.
    Gen
    They notified you via Email? :chuckle

    I'm still waiting to hear. Driving me nuts!
  8. by   Gennaver
    Quote from IU95
    They notified you via Email? :chuckle

    I'm still waiting to hear. Driving me nuts!
    Hi,
    After 4.5 months of working on my application and communicating back and forth via email and phone with the woman putting my packet together she emailed me to say the board wanted one more document. When she confirmed receipt of my reply she said that all she could say now was "welcome to the Army". It was unnofficial.

    When I called her to verify receipt of the true document she said she had it and anticipated our next phone conversation to be the "official" welcome.

    Until it really is official and I sign and take the oath though i am still driven nuts-ish too!
    Gen-this is after my first packet was immediately rejected too

    edited to add: the packet they rejected the did immediately! The one that looks good to go took about 4 days for them to contact and say there was one thing missing...no news IS good news IU95 good luck
  9. by   Jarnaes
    You do not need any "specialty training" to be assigned to a CSH. The CSH has a lot of Med-Surg nurses in addition to the ICU, ER, and OR nurses.
    The Army prefers to deploy nurses with at least 1-2 years experience, but as we all know there is a nursing shortage... We went to Iraq with a good mix of old & new nurses, and we did an awesome job.
  10. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Jarnaes
    You do not need any "specialty training" to be assigned to a CSH. The CSH has a lot of Med-Surg nurses in addition to the ICU, ER, and OR nurses.
    The Army prefers to deploy nurses with at least 1-2 years experience, but as we all know there is a nursing shortage... We went to Iraq with a good mix of old & new nurses, and we did an awesome job.
    Hi,
    Glad to read this because I opted out of the general course program, (I read that if a person was interested in the ER or community health training that they had to opt out of the general course program).

    Gen

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