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I have been a bsn nurse for 6 years and am interested in joining the navy. Before I talk to a recruiter and get hounded by them, is anyone else in this position or have been in this position? What was the journey like? Did you have to go to the RI ocs? I've heard medical personnel do a different training regimen? Anyone know anything about any of it? Thanks in advance!

LessValuableNinja

Specializes in Cardiac (adult), CC, Peds, MH/Substance. Has 8 years experience.

It's probably worth reading the recent posts where people answered some of your questions.

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR. Has 17 years experience.

Do not worry about being hounded by recruiters; it will take a couple of months for them to get back to you. You should contact the healthcare recruiters from all the services to make sure the Navy is the best fit for you. You can contact the healthcare recruiters by going to the recruitment page for each service and look under either officers or medical. Do not talk to your local enlisted recruiter down at the strip mall, they will try to enlist you and you want to be commissioned.

anchorRN, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in ICU, Military. Has 18 years experience.

I was a civilian ICU nurse (BSN) for 8 years prior to joining. I am still active duty in the Navy. You will not go to OCS (Officer Candidate School) because you will not be an Officer "Candidate", you will already be an Officer because of direct commission. Therefore you will go to Officer Development School (ODS) which is also in Newport, RI and you 'll live in the barracks next to the OCS guys. Yes our training at ODS is a different regiment but you still get yelled at and such but the difference is that you will already be an Officer whereas the guys at OCS are officer candidates and wont receive their commission until they complete OCS. ODS is a no-fail kind of evolution, unless you have something medically wrong with you.

It took me about 6 months to go through the process from Recruiter to Commissioning. It takes a while and there are tons of paperwork/background checks/physicals, etc you have to do.

I can answer more questions if you like, I'm going on 6 years now as a Navy Nurse.

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 25 years experience.

I was a civilian ICU nurse (BSN) for 8 years prior to joining. I am still active duty in the Navy. You will not go to OCS (Officer Candidate School) because you will not be an Officer "Candidate", you will already be an Officer because of direct commission. Therefore you will go to Officer Development School (ODS) which is also in Newport, RI and you 'll live in the barracks next to the OCS guys. Yes our training at ODS is a different regiment but you still get yelled at and such but the difference is that you will already be an Officer whereas the guys at OCS are officer candidates and wont receive their commission until they complete OCS. ODS is a no-fail kind of evolution, unless you have something medically wrong with you.

It took me about 6 months to go through the process from Recruiter to Commissioning. It takes a while and there are tons of paperwork/background checks/physicals, etc you have to do.

I can answer more questions if you like, I'm going on 6 years now as a Navy Nurse.

Oh Enjoy Newport, that's where I got my BSN. One of my most favorite places in the whole weide world!!!