NavyNurse92, MSN, RN 777 Views
Joined Sep 11, '09.
Posts: 9 (11% Liked)
I currently instruct clinical for two colleges. I can tell you that all nursing schools have uniform regulations. Most, if not all, will say something like, "one pierced earring stud per ear, centered on the earlobe."
As a clinical instructor, I would never allow that type of piercing or any other while in the hospital as a representitive of my school. Hospitals have similar uniform regulations--just depends on how well they are enforced by management.
Best advice--no piercing other than center of earlobe & no visible tattoos.
With a BSN, you can join the Navy, Army or Air Force. Coast Guard & Marines do not have a medical department. Of course, you must qualify--your degree, age, physical fitness & legal status. You do not have to have a specialty..they take new nurses as well as seasoned nurses with specialties. Yes, it is true that you can retire after 20 years with a pension & benefits. I would also suggest you visit a recruiter for information. There are many programs that may (or may not) be available while you are in school that provide a stipend or other benefit(s). Everything is based on the needs of that particular branch of service.
I was in the Navy for 20 years & retired in 2006. While in nursing school, I was in a program called "Bachelor Degree Completion Program" (BDCP) that paid me every 2 weeks, I had medical benefits & accumulated leave, accumulated "time-In-rate" and this time counted toward retirement. A great program--but it's not always offered. I happened to be lucky enough to be in nursing school during a nursing shortage that the Navy was feeling--so I got in on this program. There currently is a nurse candidate program. I'm not sure what that entails--but I do know you need to be selected for that ( meaning it is competetive. Hope this helped. Good luck!
The job market for new grads is tough in Pensacola. We have at least 5 local schools graduating hundreds of new nurses a year. Having your BSN may help, but you'll have to really be proactive in your search-- bring your resume & application and introduce yourself to the managers of the place you'd like to work.
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