Us public health service nursing

  1. I had some questions RE Nursing jobs as USPHS Nurse

    Has anyone worked as a Nurse for this agency in California?

    -Do you get a stable loction to work at or can you be moved around to different locations?

    -Do you respond to disasters in different parts of US?

    -Can you enter the agency with AS degree in Nursing?

    -How similar to Military is the Job?

    -I read something about "Basic Training" What does that consist of and how long is it?

    -How do salaries compare to other Nursing Job wages?

    -How do you get to higher pay grades? Is it by time on or written tests?

    -When are you obligated to wear formal uniform?

    -Are you given a Government G grade?

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  3. by   AKalaskabound
    I haven't worked in CA, but there are mostly prisons where you would be working.
    1. Once you get into your facility/agency, you could technically stay there until retirement but the goal of a USPHS officer is to move up and around. You have to apply to a job in order to move they will not automatically move you.
    2. Yes you can be deployed to disasters throughout the US and overseas (i.e. haiti, japan) but you have to have supervisor approval.
    3. The lowest degree required is a Bachelor's.
    4. Rank, pay, uniform, customs, benefits (medical, dental, leave, gi bill etc) exactly the same as the military, the difference is your job is not necessarily on base and you work along side a lot of civil service some who may be your supervisors.
    5. Basic training is 2 weeks held in Maryland where you learn about military customs and courtesy and diaster response. it is not bad at all but a lot of work.
    6. I have been an RN since May 2012 and my sister in law has been a nurse for about 6 years and there is a $300 difference between our salaries. But with promotion and cost of living increases I will surpass her in the next year or two.
    7. Time and experience plus you have to make certain benchmarks to go up in rank which equals increase in pay.
    8. We are the 7th Uniformed Service therefore I wear my uniform everyday (ODU's which is what the coast guard wears) but if you work in the prison, no khaki. Otherwise, particular uniforms for certain occiasions.
    9. You have a rank/grade which denotes what you are pay but for example an O-2 (LTJG) = about GS/L-9.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have more questions!