Military Nursing, what do you think or know? - page 2

Guys I'm a 26 year old male in a two year RN program. I'm very seriously considering military nursing. I realize I'd have to finish my bachelors beforehand and then would be able to join the... Read More

  1. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from PLTSGT
    There is an age cut off for enlisted and you have to be a citizen to be an officer.
    Enlisted? Is Rep an LVN, or an RN?

    Age "cut-off" for ANC Officer is 46 yrs old, and can be waived. Rep could become a US citizen, or have a permanent visa, then apply for the Army Nurse Corps. Reference
  2. by   lannisz
    May I join this conversation? I have my BSN and I am a 42 year old female RN. I just began working on my nurse practitioner (FNP) I was wondering if you know if the military pays for NP training and what the commitment is? And would I have to make it thru basic training? yikes!
  3. by   CoreyRNeducator
    As a military nurse part time (ANG) I can tell you that its a great way to get some extra training and experience you wouldn't normally get on the "outside". I was active duty ARMY enlisted for 4 years and wouldn't do it again. I joined the Air National Guard in 91 nad haven't regretted a single bit of it. The ANG has a program for 2 year nurses the same as the ARMY reserves in that you have to get your BSN within a set time frame (not sure what that is). I commissioned in '02 at age 35, so don't worry about the age thing.

    Good luck and enjoy.
  4. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from zias
    May I join this conversation? I have my BSN and I am a 42 year old female RN. I just began working on my nurse practitioner (FNP) I was wondering if you know if the military pays for NP training and what the commitment is? And would I have to make it thru basic training? yikes!
    Of course, you can join this conversation... its an open forum.

    May I suggest you click this Army Nurse Corps Specialties Site and look to the left of the page & chat with an Army Nurse Corps Recruiter online to address your specific concerns. I'm not sure if the Army will pay directly for an NP program. So, I don't want to give you bad info.

    BTW, the AMEDD Officer Basic Course is not like the regular Army Basic Training your thinking.
  5. by   Rep
    Hello Corvette Guy and PLTSGT and thanks for the responses.

    I am a BSN graduate and a registered nurse in my country, I will be taking the NCLEX-Rn in the US. I will immigrate to the US as an immigrant or permanent resident. That means I am qualified.
  6. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from Rep
    Hello Corvette Guy and PLTSGT and thanks for the responses.

    I am a BSN graduate and a registered nurse in my country, I will be taking the NCLEX-Rn in the US. I will immigrate to the US as an immigrant or permanent resident. That means I am qualified.
    I'm not sure how one acquires a permanent visa? BTW, are you eventually going to apply for US citizenship?
  7. by   Rep
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    I'm not sure how one acquires a permanent visa? BTW, are you eventually going to apply for US citizenship?
    I am holding a US immigrant visa. I was petitioned by a facility in the US. Once I arrived in the US, I will given a permanent residency status.

    And yes, I will apply for a US citizenship after I fulfill the minimum 5 years US residency.
  8. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from Rep
    I am holding a US immigrant visa. I was petitioned by a facility in the US. Once I arrived in the US, I will given a permanent residency status.

    And yes, I will apply for a US citizenship after I fulfill the minimum 5 years US residency.
  9. by   DapperRN
    Not that this is going to help all that much being Canadian and all (yes Canada actually has a military) but having recently joined the armed forces I have to say that they have more than rolled out the red carpet for me being an RN and the opportunities available are more than worth it!
  10. by   Thunderwolf
    DapperRN, I have fond memories training with you Canadians about 22 years ago. Your guys sense of humor...kept me in stitches. And I want to say, seeing you guys parade with drums and pipes in ceremony brought a tear to my eye. Very noble. Welcome, buddy.
  11. by   11:11
    Thanks to all who are considering serving.

    The best way to get started is to contact an AMED recruiter and get started. Communication is not a commitment.

    Look at all branches for they all do differnt things. For example Air Force has flight nurses if thats what you want.

    Age should not be too much of an issue. Almost anything is waiverable witin reason. I re-enlisted at the age of 42 after an 18 year seperation of service. It took three waivers, a chapter 2 physical for over 40 yrs of age, an APFT, a background check and persistance. It can happen if you want it to.

    Just be careful of what you want. Do not be dissapointed if you are deployed to a combat zone or other strife torn country, more than once even.

    Oh yeah, and start working out....

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  12. by   BBingSN79
    Quote from 11:11
    Thanks to all who are considering serving.

    The best way to get started is to contact an AMED recruiter and get started. Communication is not a commitment.

    Look at all branches for they all do differnt things. For example Air Force has flight nurses if thats what you want.

    Age should not be too much of an issue. Almost anything is waiverable witin reason. I re-enlisted at the age of 42 after an 18 year seperation of service. It took three waivers, a chapter 2 physical for over 40 yrs of age, an APFT, a background check and persistance. It can happen if you want it to.

    Just be careful of what you want. Do not be dissapointed if you are deployed to a combat zone or other strife torn country, more than once even.

    Oh yeah, and start working out....

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    I LOVE WORKING OUT! Hence the handle!:wink2: I'm definitely gonna go talk to some people, i.e. recruiters, fellow military nurses. I would love to serve my country and be able to travel on their nickel.
  13. by   DapperRN
    Thunderwolf, That's funny, I actually have a set of bagpipes (although it sounds like I'm beating a cat when I play them!) Thanks for the welcome!

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