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That's exactly what they said! They said it's hard to become an officer right out of school and that my best bet is to enlist now, prove myself, and then it will be a lot easier to become an officer.
I'm currently taking an informatics course this semester for my MSN (current background: Navy RN working in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; 6 years MedSurg, 1 year Cardiac Intervention; Current SANE), and am looking to interview someone about their role as an informatics nurse for an article I'm presently writing.
I have approximately 12 questions for you about your role/background. I understand you're undoubtedly busy people, and I'd be more than happy to provide something like a Starbucks gift card or the like for your time.
If applicable, please feel free to shoot me a pm! Thank you!
This is under the "Articles" tab at the top of the forum: http://allnurses.com/government-mili...ng-885815.html
The application process is extensive. Don't be surprised if recruiters don't return your calls until you graduate and pass the NCLEX-RN. The Army is not seeking nurses without experience (2 years) at this time. It is very competitive as our military is downsizing. Good luck!
Smaller commands (ex: overseas) can expect to see more FNP use in their respective roles. Ours is a provider, and manager of 100000000 things. I don't envy her :P
The military won't pay for you to break a civilian contract you have that isn't education-related. Student loans? Maybe - even then they'll 'help' not clear.
As the poster above me said, you'll 95% chance end up on Med Surg or Post Partum. You 'may' be allowed to transfer after a certain amount of time, or you may not.
I spent 3 years in Med Surg - but that's also where I gained the majority of my clinical skills, so it isn't all bad.
New sexual assault examiner here - anyone have tips for removing excess toluidine blue? I've been using surgi-lube and it does remove a good portion of the dye, but much of it remains even in non-injured tissues.
Shoot me a message when you get to Pendleton. I still know most of the people you'll be working with.
Yes, you're probably right SoldierNurse22
I've tangled with some of the administrative side of the house. Not really my cup of tea - generating endless data and 15 meetings a week really brought me down :P
Likely if you show some competence in Med-Surg and express interest in working MSW - you'll work MSW. It doesn't hurt to mention your future interests (ICU/ED).
MSW = Ill newborn, pediatric, adult; You get occasional post-partum moms with mastitis or endomyometritis.
It's really your best bet, in my opinion.
A piece of advice too: Focus on learning your job, become competent at caring for a team of 5 patients, train/respect your corpsmen; Everything else is low on the totem pole. After a year, you'll be pretty decent at your job.
That's an option I've considered. The clinical requirements with my family obligations make it unlikely outside of DUINS.
Was stationed at NHCP once - most new Ensigns end up working on either the Multiservice Ward or Postpartum. After doing your 'time,' people often transition to other floors like the ER/ICU.
Be aware - most new grads are very hopeful to go directly to a specialty floor out the gate. You're best served growing on the Multiservice ward first (not that you will have the option...). You can always 'float' to the ER if things are slow to cross-train, they'll be glad to have you and will use you without a doubt.
I appreciate the feedback.
I've been accepted to a few different Master's programs for things I'm interested in but of which aren't nursing related (one isn't even closely related to healthcare).
In your opinion, do you think the board would look at a non-nursing masters as an example of lack of 'commitment' to the profession?
Hello Fellow Nursefolk,
I’m an active duty Navy nurse (O-3) and I’m looking for some advice from people who are in the know…
…Do I need a Master’s to make O-4 these days?
I ask because I struggle with ‘analysis paralysis’ – I overthink everything much like many in nursing do, and I agonize over whether I’m ‘doing enough’ to prepare myself to promote.
About me: My evals have never been an issue – I check all of the right boxes and my point grade is always above the average.
I started an MSN program this week but I wonder, should I just work harder for the command and make my evals even better? I really don’t want to work on my masters but feel like I ‘have to.’ I’m tired of learning non-clinical information – I became a nurse because medicine is awesome, but after my RN-BSN program I feel traumatized by the never-ending ‘fluff’ courses which don’t really add to a greater understanding. This MSN just feels like a movie – Boring Paper Writing 2: The Revenge!
Anyone have any advice?
We do not have needle guides (I wish!) - our kits are Navilyst and I know they make them, but they aren't included in the standard kit we use.
I watched a few videos on insertion after reading your post - technique errors I can see myself making are: Holding the ultrasound directly straight down on the skin - no rocking or angling toward my actual point of entry - I'm essentially bringing my needle to the ultrasound, not the other way around (I never actually visualize the tip of the needle on ultrasound, that is another problem). Second, we were taught to poke at a 90 degree angle (mind you by an experienced PICC nurse, so I took it as gospel) but in every video I see, it appears everyone comes in at an acute angle far less than a 90 degree.
I'm going to talk to our supply department about getting needle guides, and I'll try your suggestions with my next attempt. Really appreciate the advice.
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