I'm not sure if this is in the right section (student np vs. military/government), but I'm hoping to hear some insight from a nurse practitioner or student np on the navy reserve. There is a lot of info on Navy/Navy reserve nursing from those with their BSN's, but I haven't found anything regarding nurse practitioners.
I'm currently in my 2nd year of my women's health np program, and am interested in joining the reserve. I'm in contact with a recruiter, but looking for some info from "real people" too, lol.
So any insight? Does the navy use np's as actual practitioners, or more as bedside nurses? How have deployments been? Is it difficult to maintain family life/job and the reserve. Is it better to join while still in school (I've heard about a possible stipend/month for students) or wait until graduated?
Thanks for any advice/info!