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Army Reserve Nursing

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Hi! I am going to be joining the ROTC next year and will be majoring in nursing. I have some questions for a person who might be an army reserve nurse.

What is a normal day for you?

Do you have a regular civilian nurse job?

Could I get a regular civilian nurse at a hospital while I'm in the Army reserves?

Have you ever been deployed ?

Do you move a lot ?

Looking for answers, thank you!!

jeckrn, BSN, RN

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

Hi! I am going to be joining the ROTC next year and will be majoring in nursing. I have some questions for a person who might be an army reserve nurse.

What is a normal day for you?-

That will depend on the unit you are assigned to. Some units end up working at a Military Treatment Facility or a VA hospital. Others you are just a warm body unless you are able to get in a leadership position.

Do you have a regular civilian nurse job? -When I was in the reserves I had a civilian job. The reserves only pay you for 4 days a month and 14 days a year for annual training. For drill weekends you only receive base pay. On your annual training you receive housing and BAS(food).

Could I get a regular civilian nurse at a hospital while I'm in the Army reserves? -You need one to gain the experience you need as a nurse and to live unless you are able to live on your reserve pay.

Have you ever been deployed ? -Yes, for 15 months in 2005/06

Do you move a lot? -For the reserves no; they do not move you. The only way you change units is to give yourself a broader career. I drill with some nurses who stayed in the same unit their whole career.

Looking for answers, thank you!!

Hope this helps