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    There's this inherent flaw in the thinking of the "part time" Soldier. The problem is that there is no such thing as a part time Soldier! I know that may be what you thought of when you joined the Reserves, or that may be the majority mind set of the Reservists, but it is false. The Reserves exist to do one thing....supplement the active military to complete mission. Let me share some insight from the 2017 Posture of the United States Army Reserve:

    "...the Army Reserve provides quick access to trained and ready Soldiers and units and the critical enabling and sustaining capabilities the Army needs to win."

    "At its heart, readiness begins at the Soldier level with deployable troops who are able to mobilize and deploy quickly in highly capable units to win the Nation's wars."

    So while Reservists aren't training daily or having formation daily, they must be ready daily. They must have the resolution to maintain physical readiness and mandatory training on their own, at all times. Reservists are not part time Soldiers, they are full time Soldiers who have agreed to be "on deck" when their country needs them, and they can enjoy living at home with their family and work as a civilian in the mean time. But the luxury of not living on military post does not lessen the importance of having the Reserve force thinking of itself as a full time force. You are the under the same Soldier's Creed as those who are active which states that you "stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat."
    This is why there are no part time Soldiers. Part time Soldier's only exist in video games.

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    Don't automatically disregard Army, they have the largest force and the most posts of any service, so if you're trying to play the odds, you have the greatest chance in the Army. With that being said, Active Duty critical care nurses are not in high demand in all services, with the Army only allocating 1 or 2 spots every cycle, last I heard (could be way wrong). Good luck brother, get that packet in early!

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    As far as BOLC is concerned, it will be in San Antonio, TX for all of AMEDD. The classes start at specific dates and must align with your Oath date, orders for DCC, which you will take before BOLC, and orders for your unit. You will not have orders cut until you take your Oath of Office and officially get commissioned, again, pending the scroll from SECDEF. I'm in this boat with you...I have a manager ED job, a wife with two kids, a house, tons of household goods, and a billion other things to do that are riding on these future orders...my life is on PAUSE. Still getting ready to sell the house and move our stuff, just need some more fixes and upgrades.

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    I was selected for 66T back in the Oct boards, only 1 of 2 selected, and I am also still waiting to be scrolled. That term basically means that you have to be sent through the SECDEF to be approved, as all Officers are, by Congress and the President. Now they aren't "approving" you by looking over your packet again, they just need to pencil whip an official signature on the scroll of potential officers, this is public access and you can look up the scrolls that Congress has signed off--the approval or disapproval process has already happened with your packet and the selection board. But this can take some time. Hope to see you in BOLC!

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    No respect for unions. "We know how to win"??? What kind of crap is that. Always know how to manipulate an argument.."patient safety." Go away and good riddance. Our patients are way more safe than having union nurses who are subpar and fire-proof working on your loved ones....and our pay/benefits are spectacular without any collective bargaining. Just stop with this non-sense.

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    Vicedrn, how big is your husband's waist? I'm looking at a 32"-33" waist.

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    shermrn, Spidey's mom, Overland1, and 1 other like this.

    No, not a right in unto itself. Not a right to force others to pay for your health when you don't contribute into the system. Not a right to illegally enter into a health care system and demand their care. Freedom to work and purchase health care--yes, that is a right. Freedom to not want health care--yes, that is a right.

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    poppycat likes this.

    Our school required a 77% (lowest C) on all exams and final grades to pass--84% was the lowest B and 92% was the lowest A. And this is good for nursing. I'm sorry you didn't pass, but standards are standards. Would you want a nurse caring for you or your family who just barely missed failing out of nursing school? Thus, the standards are raised above standard school grading (like English majors) so that even the graduates who have the lowest grades are still up to a certain proficiency level. This means better patient care, ultimately, and really is a positive thing for healthcare (and increased NCLEX passage rates are nice for the school, too). We had many people fail out of our nursing program based solely on the final exam of the final class of senior year for a BSN program--that's how close they were to failing. Does it suck? Majorly. Is it fair? Absolutely. Good luck on your future endeavours.

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    Like a thief in the night

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    nursel56 likes this.

    Quote from nursel56
    So do you initiate discussions on the topic with your patients at work that you determine are non-believers?
    If the patient initiates it, then I have no problem talking about it. Otherwise, I just do my business and march on.

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    Quote from jadelpn
    It is about patients, not us.
    In fact, I would go a step futher and say IT is not even about the patients, it's about Jesus Christ. Everything is and we are all working towards that end. Once that is realized, then all else falls into place.

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    They should let us guys wear a shirt and tie--females wear whatever you females wear. You wanna talk unprofessional, how about pajamas with body hair sticking out all over? One small motivation for me to get my FNP is so I can start wearing professional apparel again.

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    I just passed the NCLEX on Monday, called the hospital to tell them (left a message with the recruiter), and got a call back today (Thursday). I had already applied with them weeks ago before I even took the NCLEX. Apparently, they just wanted to wait until I officially was a nurse to call back. But, there are several of my female counterparts who already have landed jobs, too. And this is in the suburbs of Chicago, of all places (can you say saturated?). But, I also am a military vet, which is also not really comparable to young females with no experience, so who knows?


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