GeorgiaBoy61 2,983 Views
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MissIt, thank you for your reply, and sorry for the delay in responding. Your suggestions seem to be good ones. Volunteering is a possibility, I would also work as a CNA/PCT for a time before transitioning into full-fledged nursing. As far as contacting those with whom I attended school, I have not maintained my network well at all. Dumb move, but there it is. Maybe I can come up with a couple of names. I like your suggestion regarding making direct contact with nurse-managers before making a decision about a refresher. After all, the schools themselves have every incentive to get you to take a refresher.
At one time not long ago, the ANC was accepting overage applicants as old as fifty (this was perhaps 3 years ago), due to an on-going shortage of RNs. Do you know if this is still the case? I am 49, NPS, and want to know if this is still an option for me. I am a med-surg RN/BSN. I'd consider either active or reserve.
[quote=Spidey's mom;1260139]Oh my gosh, we'd hire you now. I live in a rural area in Northern California though -
Steph, thanks for your reply. I am another forum user in the somewhat the same situation as "Spidey's Mom," hope you don't mind my jumping in on your thread. I've been away from nursing for five years also, my last job was in med-surg. I wish I could move to your locale and take part in your "grow your own" philosophy; that is exactly the kind of attitude I'm after - finding an institution that will put some time and effort into developing my career, even as I do my best for them. I've been neglectful of my contacts in the field, which have grown cold - and sort of unsure of how to proceed at getting things started back up again. I took and passed a refresher course in 2007, but couldn't return to the field then, due to a series of medical emergencies with a couple of relatives. My license is valid in my home state. Everything is good to go now, though, and I am ready to jump back into the field. I am willing to work as a PCT or aide, if necessary, as a transition back into full-fledged bedside nursing care. If it is germane, I am an athletic man, by the way, and always got called for helping move/reposition heavy patients.
Thanks for your advice and input, both are appreciated!
I am an RN/BSN and former EMT exploring returning to nursing after being out of the field for 5 years, in part to complete some education in an unrelated field, and for some other reasons as well. My license is valid in my home state. I had planned to return to healthcare in 2007, and at that time completed a refresher course - but a couple of relatives had health emergencies that precluded returning then. Everything is shipshape now, and I want to get back into the field. My last job was in med-surg at a major regional medical center. Strong science background with masters in biology.
I am looking to e-mail or talk in person with an experienced nurse, concerning my career options. Since I've been away from bedside care for some time now, I have considered working as a PCT for a while before going directly back to full-fledged nursing. Have also considered taking a new refresher, or perhaps recertification as an EMT. if that would help my prospects, or simply doing alot of self-study to prepare myself. Ultimately, want to get some advanced certifications so I have more career options. Not entirely sure of what specialization I want to pursue yet, but that will become more clear once I know my options. I know I want out of med-surg as soon as possible, but realize that I may have to pay some dues in it before being able to do something different.
I am somewhat unsure of how to proceed. Should I approach nurse managers at institutions where I want to work, educational institutions, or what? I am somewhat hesitant to approach my alma mater, because they will probably try to get me into their graduate program, and I am not looking to do that just yet.
Thanks for whatever advice you can offer...
Does anyone know who has a better prgram?
"From RN to PA in the Military" I am a civilian RN interested in attending PA school in the near future (if all goes according to plan). I looked into joining the military as a nurse (after trying to get in as a corpsman or medic, but failing due to being a year over the age cutoff), with the intent of applying for IPAP once in uniform. I decided to remain a civilian and go to PA school on that basis. Why? Several reasons: First, rightly or wrongly, the services do not afford nurses the same set of opportunities as enlisted medics and corpsmen get. The Inter-Service Physician Assistant Program is extremely competitive, and the military will not allow one to apply as a civilian who will join the military contingent upon acceptance. If you join the army (for example) as an RN, apply to IPAP, and don't get in, you are still on the hook for your nursing service obligation. The second factor is that the nursing services want to retain personnel, and discourage nurses from attending PA school in favor of advanced practice nursing. That's the USAF practice, my sources told me. Finally, the navy (at the time I looked into this) categorically did not allow nurses to apply to IPAP. They send only corpsmen. So, my advice is to weigh your goals carefully. If your aim is to be a PA, gear your efforts towards that. If your goal is to be an RN, then orient your path that way. Switching branches from nursing to medical service corps, as you would be, isn't a sure thing. You don't have control over your destiny.
Thank you for responding. My recruiter says I don't qualify for the GI Bill since I already have an advanced degree. I planned on transferring it to my son.
I knew I wasn't getting anything for signing on, but I was under the impression there was prorated retirement. My main motivation was to care for the soldiers, however the unit I would drill at does not do patient care. It is 2 hours away and I would need to stay in a nearby hotel. I would also have to keep my perdiem job in the Emergency Room which I planned on quitting once I commissioned. Since the unit does not do patient care I must ensure a certain amount of hours in the civilian hospital. My full time job is as an educator now so I must keep per diem status.
I am very disappointed. It is becoming a hardship for me to join. I would be taking on a third job and would be accruing more cost between hotel, driving, uniforms and I wouldn't even be able to do any nursing care. There are no other bases that are commuting distance.
Any ideas if active duty would offer anything different for an older commission?
I am 46 years old and am thinking about going into the reserves. I currently work as a civilian in a military hospital. I have a ASN degree, and have been nursing for over 20 years. My questions are, can I join the reserves at this age with my ASN? Which Branch would take me at this age or would it benefit me to go back to school to get my BSN before trying to go into the reserves? I would be closer to 48 by then. Who should I contact about the reserves?
I was looking at all the posts and it did not show anything other than an RN degree for joining the military. I just recently failed my RN program by five points and now have to start over. I am an LVN now. I want to get my RN degree and have now been considering the military. My circumstances are what hindered my success in the program I was in. I eventually want to become a nurse practitioner. My younger brother was swarn into the marines and I am now considering. I think it is a good fit being that I am a personal trainer and very fit and love the discipline. Since I know nothing about the military does anyone know of what my options are to earn my degree. Any info is better than none. I am all ears Thanks in advance.
If I choose to join the reserves as an operating room RN, which military branch is LEAST likely to force me to go active?
"I have a couple questions about joining the army reserves as an RN with BSN. Is it true that I will be able to go to combat training? So then if I get deployed I'd become a soldier not a nurse? I know full time army nurses are commissioned as nurses and will only be a nurse and never see combat. I've been reading some forums and it doesn't seem the same for reserve nursing."
Nurses, like all direct-commissioned officers, are specialists and not officers-of-the-line. They are commissioned specifically for their healthcare skills, and not to serve as combatants. DCOs are thus not assigned to the same billets (jobs) as line personnel. Nor will you attend basic or AIT or officer basic as a combat soldier would. Enlisted medics or navy corpsmen are often in the line of fire, but as a nurse, you won't be patrolling with the grunts. However, medical professionals/soldiers do receive some small arms training and are expected to understand the basics of operational security in case their facility comes under attack. as healthcare providers, our duty is to protect our patients. I know an army major and nurse who deployed as part of a forward surgical team, to Afghanistan, and he and his team were mortared and came under small-arms fire occasionally. The further forward you are, the greater the odds of being in direct harm's way. In the rear, no so much if at all. In short, you are a soldier, yes, but primarily an RN. That's your role. If you want to be 'downrange," and in battle, join as a corpsman or medic.
A combined DOD medical force has been the talk well before my time in the military. About 1-2yrs ago the all the branches voted on combining their medical forces (which would have saved billions of dollars). Unfortunately, the AF decided that they didn't think their pilots would get the appropriate medical treatment if they joined with their other two sister services.
Your argument doesn't really make since either. Each service would be allocated X amount of medical personel to cover their mission. I work in a joint environment right now, and it isn't like I give some special anesthetic, because I am AF vs Army or Navy. What you gain by joining the medical services is a more even distrubituion of resources, centralized command and control, consistent deployment times for all services, unity of policies/forms/supplies etc., and not to mention the savings of billions of dollars. To make the whole thing work all medical officers would have to put under DOD centralized control with local supervision/control at your assigned base.
Hi Grace!! I am working with a couple of New Mexicans at the moment (and one Californian - the American invasion has begun) They can't get over some of our expressions like "Ta" for thank-you and "Boxing Day". Though with that lot I am not too sure who is pulling whose leg:chuckle
Try "Pharmacology Make Insanely Easy" Loretta Mannning and Sylvia Rayfield, ICAN Publishing, Bossier City, LA2002
I'm sure there is an updated edition available online at Amazon, or at the publisher wesbite. I got mine at a Borders.
The books have tons of pnemonic devices, and other ways of remembering drug classes, names, functions and side-effects.
I am thinking of trying the military myself; are you a flight nurse? I ask because you said 'sqaudron' in your comment.
All the best -
You have run up against a reality in the field, that there is an increasingly high wall between acute care and other types of nursing. May states are considering adding re-education requirements to their NP Acts, before inactive nurses can return to the acute care environment. This trend is driven by the fear of lawsuits, on one hand, but also by the academic establishment in nursing that sees a chance to make a buck. OJT is fine, some of the time anyway, but nurse educators won't vote against their pocketbooks.
I got my RN in 2004, worked briefly as a med-surg nurse, but had to leave the field d/t medical reasons, a hiatus that became 3 years. I took a refresher course, because I could not get employers to take me seriously otherwise. That's the sad reality we face.
My view is that we cannot solve the nursing shortage if we continue to erect so many obstacles in the way of those trying to enter the profession. They'll go where the pay is better and the conditions less onerous.
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