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FY 2021/22 Navy Nurse Corps

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Specializes in Med Surg. Has 6 years experience.

Hey all, I've pretty much made up my mind to apply to the Navy as a Nurse. I've been a nurse (LPN) since 2015 (9 years prior Marine Corps), ASN (2017) and BSN  (2020). I've been med/surg since the start with floats to other units for a year at a time (EC, Surgical/Trauma, and Ortho). I was told it would be easier to get in as an ICU nurse. That wasn't happening for me around where I live (schedules do not work). So I am starting in the EC in a few days at a large hospital. I am hoping to work for up to 1 year, until Oct 2021 (FY 2022) so my package can be ready as soon the new FY hits. I'm 36 and my time is running out. Any ideas about where to start. I've contacted 2 recruiters, who maintain small conversations with me but no real guidance. Is it to soon to start planning? Am I making a mistake going into the EC to try and get into the Navy in a year or two? I just read today, they are trying to drop 3100 medical personnel from the Navy. That's scary!

Thanks

MyNameIsJeff, CNA, EMT-B

Specializes in ED/ Peds/ Occ Health. Has 5 years experience.

So pick a specialty.
 

Manning for ICU/CC is almost always 10:1 or greater than the rest. If I remember correctly, this past year there was only like 2 listings for ED/TRAUMA. Not to mention they’re 2 completely different animals. You’re gonna be stuck with what you pick, which you’re familiar with being P/S. So figure it out and go from there. If you want back in and couldn’t care, go CC/ICU. If you do care and want something and it’s not that, be prepared to be waiting (or stay waiting) once your packet and MEPS clearance is all done. 
 

And one thing people forget is that these programs have a specific recruiter versus your regular recruiter at the shopping center. 
 

Dad_RN, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg. Has 6 years experience.

26 minutes ago, MyNameIsJeff said:

So pick a specialty.
 

Manning for ICU/CC is almost always 10:1 or greater than the rest. If I remember correctly, this past year there was only like 2 listings for ED/TRAUMA. Not to mention they’re 2 completely different animals. You’re gonna be stuck with what you pick, which you’re familiar with being P/S. So figure it out and go from there. If you want back in and couldn’t care, go CC/ICU. If you do care and want something and it’s not that, be prepared to be waiting (or stay waiting) once your packet and MEPS clearance is all done. 
 

And one thing people forget is that these programs have a specific recruiter versus your regular recruiter at the shopping center. 
 

Yeah I'm picking EC, Its what I want to do. I've been in contact with two healthcare recruiters, not enlisted shopping center ones. I just cant go ICU right now and Navy wants 6 months experience prior to joining, so I cant job  hop. I guess its ER or Bust, I'm 36 with 9 years prior service, so I have some time to wait. But I'm not getting any younger.

 

CriticalCareRN18

Has 7 years experience.

Hi all, I’ve been in the process of applying to get into the Navy Nurse Corps as an ICU nurse since end of January.  I have a little over 6 years of experience working in various ICUs. This process is taking much longer than I’ve anticipated and Covid definitely delayed things. Wondering if anyone can share how long it took them to get in? My husband was enlisted (he got out 2 years ago) and his process was much faster, however I know it’s much different going in as a medical officer. Thank you! 

Ms. Nikki, ASN, BSN, MSN, APRN

Specializes in PSYCH NP, ER, ICU, PACU, NAVY NURSE. Has 11 years experience.

On 11/5/2020 at 2:31 PM, CriticalCareRN18 said:

Hi all, I’ve been in the process of applying to get into the Navy Nurse Corps as an ICU nurse since end of January.  I have a little over 6 years of experience working in various ICUs. This process is taking much longer than I’ve anticipated and Covid definitely delayed things. Wondering if anyone can share how long it took them to get in? My husband was enlisted (he got out 2 years ago) and his process was much faster, however I know it’s much different going in as a medical officer. Thank you! 

Have u had any success?