Male Nursing Student

  1. I am a male nursing student starting my first semester of clinicals in January. I am currently enrolled in an ADN program for my RN and will be an RN in two years (fingers crossed!) I then intend on doing an accelerated RN to BSN program through my school, so I should have my BSN done in 3.5 years. I currently hold a good GPA and also am enrolled in an emt-basic course (I'll be done in February). I'm 18 years old and my goal eventually is to become a DNP. I'd also really like to serve my country in the military as an officer at some point. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for getting into a DNP program and/or getting into Officer Candidate School for the military? Also any info on strengthening my résumé for both of these endeavors would be super appreciated!
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  3. by   Kiwiguy
    Quote from npratt10
    I am a male nursing student starting my first semester of clinicals in January. I am currently enrolled in an ADN program for my RN and will be an RN in two years (fingers crossed!) I then intend on doing an accelerated RN to BSN program through my school, so I should have my BSN done in 3.5 years. I currently hold a good GPA and also am enrolled in an emt-basic course (I'll be done in February). I'm 18 years old and my goal eventually is to become a DNP. I'd also really like to serve my country in the military as an officer at some point. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for getting into a DNP program and/or getting into Officer Candidate School for the military? Also any info on strengthening my résumé for both of these endeavors would be super appreciated!
    Firstly welcome to the site mate. With most of your questions a good way i have found is to volunteer with a local community group/national group to get qualifications and experiences. Do some SAR type stuff, the experience and knowledge alone are well worth the investment of your time, and it also means that when you apply to jobs you have a nice reference to include in your CV
  4. by   npratt10
    Thanks for the advice!
  5. by   npratt10
    Thanks for the advice
  6. by   nurse2033
    I would get your BSN (or beyond) then commission as an officer. Get all the health care experience you can along the way. EMT is good, and that will qualify you to work in an ER as a tech (great experience). This is exactly how I started. Stay fit and unarrested, good luck. (MSN, 1LT USAF)
    Last edit by nurse2033 on Dec 29, '12 : Reason: spelling
  7. by   Medic2BSN13
    I agree that getting into EMS will be beneficial to your career. I am currently a BSN student graduating this May. I also have an EMS type of background via the Army as a medic. It has been helpful the whole way.

    Also, your interest in serving the country is admirable. As a nurse you are not required to complete OCS or ROTC. You can if desired, but nurses are one of the few branches who recieve a direct commission if this is the path you choose. Good luck!!
  8. by   npratt10
    Thanks for the insight, so do nurses generally just go to a sort of officer's indoctrination school instead of an OCS? If they choose to do so.
  9. by   hfullerCNA
    To be honest, your question is very broad...in my opinion. Your best bet would be to call your local military office and ask the source directly. There are many great advisers on allnurses. However, to receive an accurate answer, go to the main source for the information you wish to receive on this topic.

    -CNA (Acute, Long Term, and Home Care)
    -1st year Nursing Student

    Welcome to AllNurses!
  10. by   npratt10
    Ok thanks!
  11. by   Medic2BSN13
    npratt,

    Nurses are a direct commission as I mentioned before. Basically, you earn your degree (must be a BSN or higher) contact a healthcare recruiter, and complete tons of paperwork. You must then "apply" and get selected for a nursing position as a nurse. If selected, you will evetually recieve orders and go straight to your BOLC (Basic Officer Leaders Course) to get training to become a nurse. This training is similar to basic training for most entering the military. You learn basic things (how to wear uniform, customs/courtesies, rank structure, etc). Once completed you return/move to your unit of assignment and begin Army life.
  12. by   npratt10
    Medic2BSN13,

    When do you think it'd be appropriate to contact a healthcare recruiter? The way my college does their nursing program, I will be an RN two years from now with an associate's degree and then one year following I will have my BSN completed. I know I'll need my BSN to commission.
  13. by   Gradius
    Quote from npratt10
    Medic2BSN13,

    When do you think it'd be appropriate to contact a healthcare recruiter? The way my college does their nursing program, I will be an RN two years from now with an associate's degree and then one year following I will have my BSN completed. I know I'll need my BSN to commission.
    12 months out from graduating with the BSN. At least that's how the USAF goes (I'm doing Nursing primarily for this reason, just not Army; Air Power! )
  14. by   npratt10
    Thanks Gradius,

    Air Force is probably my first choice! Although, I would be excited to have the opportunity to serve as an officer in any branch of the military.

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