Quote from DanznRN
If you take/ pass the NCLEX work as a nurse. The employer doesn't need to know that it will be for only 6 months, don't waste the license. If you do go to work as a nurse and then have to quit after 6 months and the employer trys to pull something on you, you have the Solddiers and Sailors Act that protects those going on Active Duty. I worked for someone for 4 month when I came back on active duty, she got mad, I showed her the act and that was it. Also based on the act they have to maintain a position in their company for up to 5 years from when you leave. Lastly, come to the Navy, you don't have to have license in hand. Heck, you don't even have to have taken the test when you get commissioned, just have to have a date on when you are taking it. We have Officer Indoctrination classes every month or so. Let me know if I can help.
Yes, I will definately pursue work and just in one day have two hospitals in mind to apply for.
Although I did try to go the Navy route, (my father was a Marine) and the Navy has different age restrictions. I am 40 right now and will be 41 this summer. I tried the Navy first.
At my "advanced" age I was told right off the bat on the phone that age restrictions were cut and dry.
Meanwhile I spoke to the Chair and the Coordinator of my university's Nursing Department and told them both that the Army was holding me out of officer training until next year due to NCLEX to licensure timeline. They were both surpised since both of them had let me and my recruiter know previously that it might be possible.
I told them of my plans to continue working towards the FNP. I said, "it is just fine if the Army wants me to wait a bit, however, since I am going to proceed to the FNP, they will have to wait a bit for me then too."
Waiting an extra year to go Active duty is not a great feeling and I worry that I will somehow "age" out for the Army (will graduate the FNP program at age 42).
Thank you for your response Danz, I will indeed seek RN employment. Even if for only five months!