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MTURNER23: check out excelsior.edu for online nursing. I just got out in June and started with them. I had no previous college at all. I was told I had to take my basics of course, but only 6 nursing concepts classes to complete an ASN...It's self paced and very military friendly.

Good idea I went that route and it worked for me. good luck

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I just got off active duty as a Navy Corpsman and I am wondering if anyone knows if I can challenge the LPN/ LVN boards in Massachusetts?

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I am a Hospital Corpsman and will be getting out of the military in a month. I want to take the NCLEX-PN exam in California. Can a former Corpsman who has passed the exam tell me if it is difficult to pass with the knowledge that we have from the military? Thanx for your help.:spin:

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It depends on who you have been stationed with, if you have been in a hospital then you may have enough knowledge. There are books you can buy at borders or barnes and noble that have practice tests. Just FYI though you are only challenging the board in California so if you move anywhere else it is useless.

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i am a HN in the navy right now. i'm getting ready to get out and move to indiana. I was wondering what would be the fastest way for me to get my RN. Also how fast could i turn my Corpsman experience into a LPN certification, if at all.

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Check with the Indiana State Board of Nursing to see if you can challenge the NCLEX-PN based on your military experience. After that, see which school offers an LPN to RN bridge program. Good luck in your venture and thanks for serving our country!

Gerard HMC (Ret) USCG

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Hi I am currently active and a deck seaman

:( I am thinking about going to HM school and I also want to get an NEC towards X-ray tech. I just wanted to know how the A school is and how do they choose orders. Do fleet returnees get pick first orders? I have been undes for almost three years advancement sucks in the navy and have already tried 3 tests but the rates closed at the last minute. I am not going to settle for BM or CS just because it's open. If I get a rate and go to A school I want it to be worth it. I have always had an interest in the medical field but joined blindly. The detailers at MEPS told me I couldnt join DT because it was only for males. I've had my share of disappointments with the Navy but I am hoping for better. I do not want to get out of the Navy a rate that I really have no interest for!! Thanx

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i am a HN in the navy right now. i'm getting ready to get out and move to indiana. I was wondering what would be the fastest way for me to get my RN. Also how fast could i turn my Corpsman experience into a LPN certification, if at all.

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Hi I am currently active and a deck seaman

:( I am thinking about going to HM school and I also want to get an NEC towards X-ray tech. I just wanted to know how the A school is and how do they choose orders. Do fleet returnees get pick first orders? I have been undes for almost three years advancement sucks in the navy and have already tried 3 tests but the rates closed at the last minute. I am not going to settle for BM or CS just because it's open. If I get a rate and go to A school I want it to be worth it. I have always had an interest in the medical field but joined blindly. The detailers at MEPS told me I couldnt join DT because it was only for males. I've had my share of disappointments with the Navy but I am hoping for better. I do not want to get out of the Navy a rate that I really have no interest for!! Thanx

Answer from My Daughter,

I am answering under my mother's log-in (have not gotten my own yet). I am an in the Navy as an HM2 and instruct at Corps School. I have a lot of answers to your questions.

The school for HM's is fast paced but written for an 8th grade reading level. Plenty of fleet returnees attend HM school but do not go if you are not sure about patient care. Plenty of fleetees also fail out of school. A lot find out as soon as they see blood that they don't like it. So think hard first. Also HM's get deployed alot especially if you are male (think Marines and Iraq).

Orders for fleetees are the same as newbees from boot camp, you do get a little more preference but not alot. As for x-ray tech, that school is combined now and open only to E-5's and above, not impossible but not right away.

I do have a comment about advancement. It is not hard to advance if you study in the navy even as an HM. I made HM2 in only 3 years. HM is very rewarding. I have worked with both Marines and in hospitals. My last piece of advice is to be serious about being a HM. It is very irritating to see students in Corps School go because that was the only thing they could do (PTS). We deal with people not inanimate objects.

But...if you are serious, do it. I am going to Excelsior for nursing and the Navy gave me a lot of practical experience.

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Hello:

To all those HMs out there, I am a prosepctive Navy Nurse looking to get in either reserve or active side, still making up my mind on that one. Part of the reason I chose the navy first is the opportunity to work with corpsmen, who are definitely on the ball. I know a former HM in the civilian world, and the guy is as sharp as they come. So hats off to all of you.

Ok, to my question: I am too old to be a corpsman (I tried back in the middle of the Iraq war when the shortage of HMs was very acute esp. on the green side, but I was rejected for being a couple of years past the age cutoff), but I plan to get either an ANP (advance practice RN) or PA (physician assistant) in the near future. My question for you is about PAs: given that the navy has IDCs and corpsmen, what role do PAs play in the service? Can they get their boots dirty or are they mostly at rear area hospitals and clinics? My motivation is to be as far forward as possible, in the field - preferably supporting navy ground forces/USMC units.

Any comments, please share them. I need to decide soon so I can get the ball rolling on joining up.

PLease reply to me directly (pfarmer891@yahoo.com) or via the boards.

Thanks -

GaBoy61

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I was stationed in Seattle from 1992-1994 as a seaman then went on to HM school in San Diego Oct 94-Feb 95

I was stationed in Portsmouth VA from Feb 95-Sep 98 Then went on to Dermatology Tech C School

I was stationed in Newport Rhode Island from Feb 99-Sept 03.

Now here I am in Sacramento as a new LVN. Civilian life took some getting used to, but I love not having duty and being away from my family. This is great!!!:hatparty:

Can you tell me some of the C schools for Medical Corpsman? I want to eventually be a CRNA and I want to specialize in something in the Navy as relative as possible. Thanks.

---Bryan

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Hi Bryan:

I cannot help you on the HM question, but I know a little about CRNAs. In the civilian side, CRNA is an advanced practice nursing specialty - so you first need an RN/BSN and then you go for the CRNA. Nurse anesthetists are in very high demand nationwide, in the military as well as in the civilian sector. My brother is an M.D. in anesthesia, and he works with quite a few of them. It is not uncommon for them to pull in 120K annually. The work is very demanding however, and requires making quick but accurate decisions under pressure. You are keeping the patient alive while the surgeons do their thing. Needless to say, it is a very big responsibility and one not to be taken lightly.

Medically underserved states - such as some in the west and midwest - often allow nurse-anesthesists to practice independently or nearly so, and I know the navy and other services grant a lot of autonomy to them.

Even states that mandate supervision by an anesthetist M.D. usually require only that the doctor be accessible for emergencies. One M.D. described it to me thus, "We do the take-offs and landings, and the CRNA does the rest."

I have looked at a few CRNA programs and most require ICU experience as a pre-requisite. Working in a burn unit is also excellent preparation for CRNA school as you are doing fluid rescuscitation and management on burn patients, who are among the most challenging in this regard. So get some ICU or related experience if you can. And get as good as you can starting lines on patients; anesthesia people start IVs all the time and are expected to be expert at it. On my floor, we call the anesthesia dept. when no one else can start an IV on a tough patient. I can't speak for others but that's how it is where I've worked.

Also observe or shadow a CRNA and see some surgeries done. The OR environment is not for everyone. Some people love it, others do not - so do your homework.

The only other thing I know about it is that they are getting bigtime bucks from the military to join or re-up.

There's probably plenty of CRNAs on the board to take your other questions....

Good luck and study hard!

GaBoy61

Can you tell me some of the C schools for Medical Corpsman? I want to eventually be a CRNA and I want to specialize in something in the Navy as relative as possible. Thanks.

---Bryan

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