I am trying to make some big decisions about joining the Army, and am looking to my very helpful all nurses for assistance!! I love this community of nurses and have been helped many times by everyone! Hopefully someone can help me again.
I am a registered nurse with 2 years of experience, 1 year in telemetry and 1 in CCU, my husbands job is flexable and mobile, and I have started thinking about Army nursing. Many of the changes in lifestyle would greatly suit us, we are young, and don't mind traveling, and I am interested in all the education the Army offers nurses.
However, I have always been interested in specialties of nursing. Med/surg is wonderful, but I have always needed something else. I have greatly appreciated working in the CCU, however I am hoping that if I am accepted, after my 1 year of Med/Surg that is required in the Army, I can apply for the OB/GYN 16 week nursing course; any my recruiter says they are very easy to get into. Me being the skeptic, I would like some input. **Has anyone actually tried to apply for the specialties? **If so, what were some of the requirements to be a candidate? ** Does anyone know how many nurses they accept to the programs a year? There are several specialties including OB/GYN, Critical Care, Perioperative, Psych, Public Health, and ER. **Are they very competitive? Or is it really like my recruiter says, where after a year you tell your supervisor you want to apply, and its a done deal? (I have a hard time believing that!)
I think my only fear of the Army is being stuck in a position I don't want to do for several years, when in the civilian world I could have just applied for an OBGYN internship and got a job doing what I wanted to do. However, putting it in perspective-the service to my country and all the education benefits may outweigh me "getting my way.
" ANd perhaps I just need to deal with being a med/surg nurse for a couple years.
Anyways, any advice would be greatly appreciated! Every response is so helpful and dear to me, thank you, as always,
Aug 17, '12
Sorry, I only have support to offer. My husband is in the military and the one thing I have learned is if it sounds too good to be true, it is. There are some really great recruiters out there and some not so great recruiters out there. Just remember that nothing is "true" unless you see it in writing. Also, everything can change in a heart beat. The military really is wonderful and I am very thankful to be a part of this lifestyle. Just remember when you join the Army, you are starting a whole new style of life and not just you but your husband as well. You will no longer control what you do, your "higher ups" will. If you decide to join, you will get a lot of great opportunities and gain wonderful experience. I suggest looking into coming in as an officer. The pay will be a lot better and you get a little more freedom.
Also, question what your recruiter tells you and ask him/her for documentation. Good luck to you!
Last edit by RubySlippers06 on Aug 17, '12
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