Latest Comments by delaneyjaney

Latest Comments by delaneyjaney

delaneyjaney, BSN, RN 1,522 Views

Joined Nov 14, '10 - from 'Florida'. delaneyjaney is a Staff Nurse, Multi-Service Ward. She has '3+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'L&D, Med-Surg'. Posts: 43 (9% Liked) Likes: 4

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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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    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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    Hello,

    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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    Sw88tpea,


    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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    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?

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    Is anyone going to ODS in October? I too am rushing to get in shape, I'll be at nas jax but I haven't gotten a sponsor yet! How did you all find out about who your sponsors were? I am really nervous about not bringing enough or bringing too much! I feel really in the dark no matter how many posts I read haha.

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    Does anyone have any experience or know anything about NH Jax? I live in Jacksonville and will be stationed there after ODS which I will probably go to in October. Is anyone else getting stationed there?

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    HM2Doc: I see you said the morale was low at NH JAX, but may I ask why people didn't enjoy working there? I'm taking my NCLEX in about three weeks and I'll be stationed there. I live in Jacksonville currently and love it, there is a lot to do, lots of different places to live and enjoy. I think they did a lot of renovations of the hospital recently too from what I've heard.

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    Hi all, I'm currently waiting to go to ODS, don't have my date yet, still waiting on my ATT to take the NCLEX, but I'll probably be going sometime in October. Just a question for those who have been to ODS already - If you are a few pounds (5 or so) overweight - (I'm currently trying to loose weight)- do they send you home to be within weight regulation before you can return to ODS or do they let you try and drop the weight while you are there so you are within regs by the end? I am dieting and working out but just in case I don't get all the way there I'd like to have some idea of what will happen. Thanks for the insight!


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