deftonez188 8,318 Views
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Doable, but you may need to strategize it. I saved my MSN for an overseas tour where things were 'slower' but it was still pretty rough with work and collateral duties necessary.
It can be exhausting when working 12's to come home and want to unwind to instead dedicate what little time you have to a paper/project. I felt I was always under time pressure, and am glad to have finished it.
Consider DUINS when you get into the Navy - make yourself a strong candidate, and go to school full time on the govt. dime. Pretty much all DUINS specialties are highly competitive though, so you really have to plan ahead.
Navy here. I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but how will you handle deployments where you are gone for months at a time with your family concerns? I've worked 5 12's maybe twice in 6+ years (overseas, short-staffed, only one available etc.), but deployments are a different beast altogether.
Other considerations include additional duties you do outside of work hours to make yourself promotion-ready. The military is a lifestyle, not just a job.
I see my spouse plenty to be honest, and I'd consider myself a workaholic.
The majority of the patients I see in a military hospital are dependents and retirees, which is typically reflective of the civilian population's health status (read: same). Military members 'may' be grateful for your care, or they may treat you like wait staff at a hotel.
As far as pursuing CRNA school goes, I know for the Navy you have to apply to the DUINS program and have your package go in front of a board for selection. It is competitive, and based upon a myriad of things, such as officer evals from multiple years, GRE scores, GPA in any post-BSN coursework, specialty-leader endorsement, etc. Don't quote me, but they may now have a requirement that you complete at least your second duty station to apply, with typical rotations being 3 years per. In essence, the military is not a quick route to CRNA - you're actually more likely to get in/complete school now on your own while out based upon the experience you listed.
Sounds like a troll post. For an NP prepared at the doctorate level, the writing in that post has me concerned if true.
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