Deployment

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by hybridspider hybridspider (New) New

I'm seriously considering joining the military to serve my country and allow me to advance as an RN, hopefully to some sort of advanced practice. I'm a recent ADN, and I've been unable to find an acute care position. I'm planning to start an RN-BSN program this spring to make me eligible. It seems like the pros of the military are that it is better for male nurses, and there is more of a chance for advancement. Retiring in 20 years would be nice too.

I gather that when you sign a contract you will be deployed to the middle east within the 3 years?

Are the conditions bad during deployment?

kimora2009

kimora2009

9 Posts

im not a RN yet but i just returned from a deployment about 2 months ago, i dont think it was too bad but it all depends on what type of unit your with and your job...........you can always go reserves or national guard and apply for ROTC

jeckrn

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR. Has 17 years experience. 1,868 Posts

I would advise you to at least find a part time position while you are finishing up your RN-BSN. If your program was like the one I went thru you will recieve no hands on experience until the last semester and then it is not clinical like in the ADN program but more managerial.

Deployments are what you make them to be. I have been activitied twice since 9/11 other then being away from the family they where not bad. As the writer stated it depends on the unit an your job plus your mental state of mind. Family support helps with the deployments. If you are in the guard & reserves you can still be activited while in school, I know from 1st hand experience. Also most happened twice but had a good CO who understood. If you do go reserves get into the strap program because if you are in it you are undeployable. This is because the Army is paying for your school.

hybridspider

hybridspider

3 Posts

I'm working in a nursing home right now. I can't imagine the military could be much worse. I'm going to keep on working during RN-BSN. I really want to do ICU and no one will even get you into med/surg or anything right now.

In my nursing program, many of the instructors were former military. They were awesome. I had never considered it before.

jeckrn

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR. Has 17 years experience. 1,868 Posts

How long is your RN-BSN program?

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