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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: 53 (9% Liked) Likes: 5

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    It's been quite a few years for me since ODS, but at the time the Navy Exchange had a program where you could sign up for their credit card to make the uniform purchase if you did not have the cash immediately. That's what I did. I took out a Career Starter Loan through USAA to consolidate my debt, school loans...etc and paid off the card immediately. But you could make payments on it if needed.

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    I purchased the online webinar from AACN and although I did enjoy it, I felt like the newly released PASS PCCN was a much better resource. The online question bank was immense and gave extremely detailed rationales. Not only for the correct answers but for why the wrong answers weren't correct. I do think purchasing the review booklet from the AACN was helpful because it gives you an idea as to how the test questions were worded.

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    Thank you for the insight Dodongo! That is a great reason to choose the ACNP track.

    TicTok411 - yes, I am very thankful for the post 9/11 program. Were you full time while working or were you in a part time program?

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    Hello everyone! I am researching AGACNP programs and am finding it hard to decode from different University's websites whether their programs are hybrid, completely online or full time brick and mortar. Personally, I would prefer a completely in-person program (my preferred learning style). I have my BSN and have been practicing for 5 years. It seems a lot of programs, especially BSN entry, have hybrid courses as the main didactic component, or even completely online. For those of you who have taken AGACNP courses online, did you feel well prepared? How did you like your programs?

    For those of you who attended brick and mortar intuitions, where did you go? I'd love to look into those programs! Vanderbilt is already on my radar

    Thank you everyone for your time!

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    Have you all started classes yet? I am looking to apply to the acute care program and am very curious about the class formats.

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    Just because I have the time to pursue both doesn't mean that I should stay in school longer to get a degree that I don't see myself using. The reason I want to pursue AGACNP as my primary degree is because I have no desire at all for FNP (no babies or kiddos for me please!) , plus I know myself and my end goal is direct, in-patient care and from what I can tell an AGACNP degree is the best option for preparing me for that path.

    There's a multitude of reasons why one might consider leaving the military. FNPs in the Navy have HEAVY clinic hours and that's not at all something I want to be doing for the next 15+ years.

    Thank you for your input!

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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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    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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    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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