hey fellow nurses/veterans, i am new to this forum and would like to say hello hello
a little about myself
i just got off active duty army 3 months ago->>> so happy to be free again !!!
- i was a 15 Tango ( black hawk helicopter mechanic/crew chief ) aviation was great but ive always had my eye on the medical field, was always jealous of the army medics on base, they all seemed to love their job from what they were telling me
I am starting a LVN program next week in which i am using the post 9/11 gi bill to fund ( great benefit )
i have some questions maybe some of you older folks can answer
- does veteran affairs hire LVNs ?
- what was your branch of service ? MOS ? and how did you like the switch to nursing
- hows is LVN school compared to AIT ? i remember running on 3 hours of sleep all the time with a test coming up horrible
- how has your experience in this field been ?
i would imagine their are lots of army medics and navy corpsman that have continued into this field
any advice from you older more experienced folks is much appreciated ! thank you for your service my friend.
i am also 23 y/o and am looking into flight/ICU in the future
First off, congrats on your great escape back to the world if civilians!
I am a 66H, a med-surg nurse on AD. I used to work closely with the LPN students at Walter Reed-Bethesda when they cycled through our ward, and I learned a lot from them about life as an enlistee in an Army school.
The VA system as well as the GS system hires LPNs. I worked with both agency/contract and GS LPNs back at Walter Reed on my oncology floor, but as PFMB-RN said, you have to be willing to go where the job is, be it a GS or VA job.
Keep in mind that school on the outside is nothing like Army AIT. You are actually given a chance to sleep, see your friends/family and maintain your own life. You might hear your fellow students whining about professors "monopolizing" their time, but it is nothing like have a DS or Army school instructor standing over you 24/7. I think you'll find it's a lot easier than what you experienced while you were in the service, especially if you are self-motivated and driven to accomplish your goals.
For the record, I agree: go get your BSN! Best of luck to you!
Last edit by SoldierNurse22 on Aug 7, '13