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Joined Nov 14, '10 - from 'California'. delaneyjaney is a Staff Nurse, CCU. She has '5 yrs' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'L&D, Med-Surg, CCU'. Posts: 47 (11% Liked) Likes: 5

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    You have three options, Army, Navy or Air Force. First you'll need to read up on each branch and figure out which one you'd want to be a part of.

    Personally, I went through the Nurse Candidate Program to join the Navy. I applied while I was in nursing school and commissioned immediately after graduation. You'll need to go through an extensive background check, spend weeks/months working on your application/package and you may need to take a physical fitness test before being accepted as well.

    The best way to get information regarding requirements for each branch would be by reaching out to recruiters in your area. Make sure you speak with officer recruiters as each branch should have recruiters specifically for nurses in your area.

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    My advice to you would be to contact your Command Career Counselor if you have one on base, they have all the answers to those specific questions.

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    Dranger would you mind expanding on this opinion? I am active duty military and thinking of getting out soon. Florida is my home and where I hope to eventually settle after grad school. What about Florida makes it less desirable for APRNs?

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    ltielloshaw likes this.

    Hello there everyone, I am an active duty military nurse who hopes to one day be an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, AGACNP. (In the next 3 years)

    At this time the branch of service I am in does not currently utilize ACNPs, so I have been considering coming back to the civilian sector. However, after reading many of the posts by new grad NPs, I have become very nervous about re-entering the job market, as many new grads seem to not only have immense difficulty finding jobs, but decent salaries.

    Are there any ACNPs out there who can give me an idea of how the market currently is? I am currently on the West Coast in California and don't plan on staying. The program I'm hoping to go to is in Tennessee, and we have family out in Florida, so location is flexible. I know things change depending location, but any information or experiences would be helpful.

    Thank you!

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    Trojan0627 likes this.

    You need to be specialized in something before applying for Direct Commission to the Navy. The navy looks at hiring nurses by their subspecialty, and they categorize them into subspecialty codes i.e. 1910 - medical/surgical nurse, 1920 - labor and delivery/post partum, 1922 - pediatrics, 1960 - critical care etc. You will be offered a commission and come into the Navy as one of those subspecialties, and to be competitive you'll need more than 6 mo. of experience before you should even look at putting a package together. Right now all branches are extremely competitive, so any certifications you can grab up to fatten your package will work to your advantage.

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    Pixie.RN likes this.

    Has anyone here ever been deployed on the USNS Comfort or Mercy? I will be headed out in April and am looking to see if anyone has any tips, tricks, recommendations or interesting stories. I'll be part of the Continuing Promise 2015 team; I'm very excited, but nervous because I've never been on a ship before, or given care outside of a traditional medical facility.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Yes, thank you that does make sense. I wasn't planning on working at all. I always assumed it would be a full time commitment. I really appreciate all the help you have been. Thanks so much!

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    Congratulations everyone! I won't be applying for another year or so, but I've been reading blogs early to try and prepare myself the best I can. I hope to do the Intensivist track as well. Does anyone have any advice for the personal statement? Things like this always get to me and I have a hard time talking about myself.

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    Thank you so much for your insight! I appreciate the response. When you say a "metric ton", is it mostly research and studying to prepare for lectures? Or lots of assignments/reports...etc?

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    I don't plan to work during the program, thankfully being prior military I'll have the support of my GI Bill which will help pay for part of my tuition and moderate living expenses. I was not aware that experienced RNs did not have to go to class. I tend to prefer in class lecture to watching it online. I like the option of interacting with professors, peers and such during class. Are you given the option to go?

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    Thank you so much for the responses! VICEDRN - that really cheered me up. Thanks for the encouragement. What made you choose the non Intensivist route? Do any of your cohorts wish they had chosen one over the other instead? What is your average week in class like?

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    I am a current Navy Nurse hoping to apply to the Vanderbilt MSN program in the next 2 years, specifically the Acute Care - Intensivist track. I was hoping to hear from anyone who has applied or is in the program about how the application/admission process went. Also, for this track is ICU experience a necessity? Being active duty, I haven't been able to choose my assignments and have been placed in Labor and Delivery exclusively up to this point, I'm worried this will hurt my chances of admission, and wondering if I should moonlight out in town for experience. Any insight would be helpful!

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    I have just been assigned to Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida. I was given a survey to fill out asking me what collateral duties I would prefer and to rate my top three preferences of units to work. Not being prior Military, I don't know what collateral duties there are to choose from, or which ones are best to start out with. Also, I hear most new nurses either go to the Multi-Service Unit or L&D, but have you ever seen newer nurses go to ER or say a step down unit? My end goal is critical care, so I'm not totally against MSU as that would be a good background, but I'd like any step up I can get. any advice would help!

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    Is anyone else heading to Navy ODS 14 October? It'd be nice to know some people before we all head out!

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    Quote from HM2Doc
    Delaney: I'm also living in Jax right now. I've only got two more semesters at UNF before I graduate and head off to ODS.

    As for why I didn't care for NH Jax (back in 2008-2009)

    1) Workplace politics. Lots of it.
    2) It was like a black hole that attracted people in the military who wanted to get out or were about to retire. That means a lot of people (but not all) wanted to ride out their time and didn't care about doing their job to the fullest. It made for an unmotivating work environment.
    3) The CO was pretty strict.
    4) Did I mention workplace politics. Yeah, it was that bad.

    My wife is currently stationed there and she doesn't even like it, and she hardly ever complains about anything. Of course, there were people that loved it there, so maybe you'll be one of them. It just wasn't my bag of tea.

    Oh yeah, they did do renovations on the hospital. They added a three story extension to the hospital and some other upgrades. They actually started all of that about a month or two before I left for school.
    Wow, maybe we've met before at school and we didn't even know it! Oh dear, I requested JAX to be close to my family because my mother is ill, so I know I won't regret it, but I sure hope I don't have the same experiences you described. Is your wife a nurse also? What area does she work in?