Published Oct 18, 2004
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don't worry. i was a corpsman and had some problems after my sister died and couldn't get to her funeral. i became very depressed. i wasn't on medications, but was discharged from the military. i didn't go in front of the peb board though. i said that i couldn't deal with it anymore. i got an honorable discharge. that is the most important thing. is this discharge honorable or admin? i don't know if they told you this, but employers can ask if you've been in the military, but they can't ask why you wre discharged. if they ask for your dd214, you only have to supply them with the short form, that shows only what type and the date of discharge. i am in nursing now and no one has ever asked for my ddd214, only asked the dates that i was in and what i did. i have had no problems what so ever. i have also worked fro the state and had multiple background checks for jobs and schools and have never been asked any questions about my discharge. i hope this helps. if you have anymore questions you can email me.
Its honroable..Its not an ADSEP but it is prior to my End of Active obligated serives(EAOS)..Where do you get these short forms for the dd214? I am slightly curious what all codes are on this thing. And as far as disclosing my past..I guess Id have to cross that bridge when I get there. Hopefully after demonstating that I am profecient and can excell in the school enviroment they wont focus so much on my past...On a side not..What can I do in the mean time to get some experience..Working in nuclear power I have 0 experience in nursing..Are there any jobs I can get at a hospital while im going to school to start gaining some basic experience??
First off I would like to say hello. This is a VERY informative site and am glad to have stumbled upon it. I am currently active duty in the Navy. I have been in for 6 years. I am a graduate of the Navys Nuclear Propulsion Program(2 year engineering program) and was assigned to a sub upon completion of that schooling. Thats where the depression manifsted itself..As a result of dealing with the depression on and off over the past couple of years I have finally recived the counseling/medications to understand and deal with my illness. More so the counseling as allowed me to progress to where I am able to funciton with out the meds. As a result of all this I was referred to Physical evaluation Board. They determined I was not suitable medically for naval service(despite outstanding evaluations from my superiors over the years) My discharge will be honorable..But will be coded as such that it was for medical reasons that I was released. I have been looking into nursing that past few months. I am concerned that my past will dicate wether or not I can go down this career path. So my questions are:1 How will this affect me when applying to a nursing program?2 What role will it play when applying for a RN license?Any personal experinces with this matter would be greatly appreciated.
I have been looking into nursing that past few months. I am concerned that my past will dicate wether or not I can go down this career path. So my questions are:
1 How will this affect me when applying to a nursing program?
2 What role will it play when applying for a RN license?
Any personal experinces with this matter would be greatly appreciated.
A submarine enviorment is a set up for depression. Many people choose other services because they understand the possibility of being assigned to a sub if they go Navy. They know themselves well enough to realize intuitively or otherwise that this is not an enviroment that they would tollerate.
You are not the first person to be released for the reasons you state.
A submarine provides no natrual light, extreem over crowding which can not be escaped, 24 hour lighted condition, and no privacy for months on end.
If you were in a prision and you were subjected to these same conditions it would be considered cruel.
Any one of the above elements of that enviorment is enough to cause depression. And you are not subjected to just one.
I mention all of this to help you understand that you are perfectly normal. The enviroment that you experienced is not related in any way to the enviroment that you will experience in nursing. You are being discharged for medical reasons not because you are mentally defective. You simply can not (like MOST of us) tollerate such extreem enviorments. This should have absolutely no bearing on your nursing career.
Boards of Nursing do not inquire about military service. I was Army for 12 years. You will go though a culture shock getting out. Contrary to what we believe while in the service, the cilivian world is not really very interested nor do they care much about our military service, nor are they particularly impressed by it.
You don't need to feel parinoid about the coding of your discharge. Most employers do not even inquire if it was honorable let alone look at or understand the coding. Medical is Hornorable and that is all that matters.
You can take a CNA exam and become a CNA, the $$ isn't great but the experience gained would be very valuable. I worked as a CNA for 2 years, and since I was already an employee of the Hospital, I was offered a job prior to graduating. Good luck
PS I was a navy corpsman for 6 years :)
Thunderwolf, MSN, RN
WannaBmaleRN, depression and anxiety are like the common cold in society today due to the current life stressors people face. If your heart is in the right place and you have a strong interest in nursing, I encourage you to go for it. It is a great field. We need more men in it. I've been a nurse for 19 years and have a prior history of PTSD. I was in the Army for 6 years as a corpsman. Many nurses, being honest, have had clinical problems. We are no different than any other profession ...so do docs, dentists, lawyers, CEO's...you get my drift. Nursing school IS stressful. But just remember, it is just a small portion of your life...you'll get through it. But, you do have to take care of yourself (manage your time, connect with others, inject some recreation in there somewhere, get adequate sleep and eat right, etc). Go for it pal. I believe you have all of our blessing. Now, to Roy Fokker, Congrats on quiting smoking. Smoking cigarettes, many nurses do and many don't. In that respect, it is a personal choice. It only becomes an issue when you decide to leave the floor "when all hell breaks loose", leaving your co-workers to deal with "happenings" by themselves...then it becomes an issue. A beer or two here or there can help unwind a stressful week...along with other activities of course.
Tweety, BSN, RN
Fair enough!I never really did any pot. I quit smoking! :-) My only "vice" these days are motorcycles, MUSIC and the odd beer or two :-)
I never really did any pot. I quit smoking! :-) My only "vice" these days are motorcycles, MUSIC and the odd beer or two :-)
Cool! It's not worth your career to risk it.
They recently screened a unit due to missing narcs and busted a guy who just happened to smoke his first joint in years at a party. He had hell to pay. Didn't loose his job or license but spent a year in meetings and weekly drug screens.
Good luck in school.
Maggie in NC
Wanna-Here is a thread of jobs to look for. I have my personal favorite listed there but I'll say it again. Pharmacy Techs seem to make decent money and have great experience with dosages and drugs which can be one of the hardest parts of nursing school. Another fav is unit clerk at a hospital. See enclosed thread and GOOD LUCK!
I am currently dealing with this issue in IL. I'm being treated for depression and sent in a statement from my doctor but they sent me a letter saying that I cannot get my license until I wrote a letter myself explaining my situation and also a statement from y doctor that gives specifics as to meds, dosages, treatment and stating that I am stable to practice as a nurse. It's kind of a pain in the butt but I'm hoping it doesn't delay my license for too long.
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