Civilians as Employees in Military Hospitals

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by jhawk07 jhawk07 Member

Hi everyone,

My fiance will be commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy in a few years and I will have my BSN by then. For the first 15 months of his active duty he will have to go nuclear/submarine training which will move him and thus me around a lot during that time. I will also be joining the Naval reserves sometime during the year or two after I graduate. I would obviously not be able to get a civilian nursing job while he is moving around so much and I really want to be able to work so we can save up money for kids or something once he gets stationed. How likely is it you think that I could get a job as a civilian nurse at a military hospital wherever he moves to during those 15 months? I may or may not be in the reserves at this point. I am just trying to find a way that I can work while he is this training period. Any suggestions?

GO JAYHAWKS (for b-ball)

GO HUSKERS (for football) :)

bccunn

bccunn

14 Posts

You may want to consider agency nursing. Agencies pay pretty well, offer a variety of shifts and positions. As a military dependent you already have medical benefits so you can opt to take the additional pay instead of benefits (some agencies offer benefits, some do not). Military hospitals use agency nursing to augment staffing, so you may be able to work on the same military facility.

Hi everyone,

My fiance will be commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy in a few years and I will have my BSN by then. For the first 15 months of his active duty he will have to go nuclear/submarine training which will move him and thus me around a lot during that time. I will also be joining the Naval reserves sometime during the year or two after I graduate. I would obviously not be able to get a civilian nursing job while he is moving around so much and I really want to be able to work so we can save up money for kids or something once he gets stationed. How likely is it you think that I could get a job as a civilian nurse at a military hospital wherever he moves to during those 15 months? I may or may not be in the reserves at this point. I am just trying to find a way that I can work while he is this training period. Any suggestions?

GO JAYHAWKS (for b-ball)

GO HUSKERS (for football) :)

RedBait

RedBait

69 Posts

Hi everyone,

My fiance will be commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy in a few years and I will have my BSN by then. For the first 15 months of his active duty he will have to go nuclear/submarine training which will move him and thus me around a lot during that time. I will also be joining the Naval reserves sometime during the year or two after I graduate. I would obviously not be able to get a civilian nursing job while he is moving around so much and I really want to be able to work so we can save up money for kids or something once he gets stationed. How likely is it you think that I could get a job as a civilian nurse at a military hospital wherever he moves to during those 15 months? I may or may not be in the reserves at this point. I am just trying to find a way that I can work while he is this training period. Any suggestions?

GO JAYHAWKS (for b-ball)

GO HUSKERS (for football) :)

Not only can you have a GS (civilian gov worker) position, as a military spouse, you have preference for jobs, and your seniority goes with you to any GS job you take, anywhere in the world. But, until you have two years of experience, the pay is pitiful. Agency work is not available to new grads, you need a year of experience. So-o-o, you need to get some experience to get either job. You can get a new grad position anywhere, you can work short times or long times as your move schedule dictates, rack up some experience and then you'll have some good choices.

kaizenro

kaizenro

25 Posts

You can check with the http://chart.donhr.navy.mil/, maybe that will help you out somehow.

I wouldn't go Reserves though. Great chance of being deployed yourself. You'll get the same benefits as a GS(minus Tuition Assistance) and you'll be able to stay home should he go out on deployment.

RS0302

RS0302

90 Posts

Like an above post states, you will be able to get a GS position and you will get spouse preference(as opposed to someone who doesnt have a spouse in the military). Once you are hired as a GS you will be able to transfer easily when you spouse is moved to another base. I know here in Texas GS positions dont pay that bad compared to civilian positions.

traumaRUs

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

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As a formed Navy person married to an Air Force guy - don't plan on being together if you do the military thing together. You could easily get deployed without him! Good luck.

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