Any Army/Navy Nurses in the house? =)

  1. I plan on serving my country when I'm able to.

    If not as Enlisted, than as an Officer.

    I'm looking into AMEDD heavily.

    In particular, this program http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/hpsp.jsp if I can get accepted into a BSN/BDN Degree after getting my ASN/ADN, I can get a commission as an Officer, and a Soldier in the Army! =) Any opinions on this?

    I'm also considering Navy Nurse Corps as well. http://www.navy.com/careers/healthca...c-requirements

    Either way, I hope to make a long, successful career serving my nation.

    Even if it takes me years to get that far

    Any ideas, thoughts, opinions, etc.?
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    About Raven713

    Joined: Jun '09; Posts: 29; Likes: 6
    Out looking; from US
    Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in Acute Care, and Dementia/Alzheimers

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  3. by   HippyGreenPeaceChick
    I have already decided to back into the Navy as a Nurse. I was a corpsman then went and got my BSN. So come Sept or Oct I will reenlist.
  4. by   Raven713
    Quote from HippyGreenPeaceChick
    I have already decided to back into the Navy as a Nurse. I was a corpsman then went and got my BSN. So come Sept or Oct I will reenlist.
    Did being a Corpsman help you at all in your Nursing studies?

    What was it like being a Corpsman for you?

    How was your Nursing School?
  5. by   HippyGreenPeaceChick
    Quote from Raven713
    Did being a Corpsman help you at all in your Nursing studies?

    What was it like being a Corpsman for you?

    How was your Nursing School?
    Being a Corpsman with the Fleet Marines, Yes it helped my studies by teaching me discipline.

    What was it like as a Corpsman, I liked it, it was a challenge. But to tell you what it is like, takes a long time.

    Nursing school was wonderfull
  6. by   jeckrn
    Sounds like you are doing the right thing, you need to explore not only the Army & Navy but also the AF and maybe the US Public Health. Depending on what you want, you might want to look into the reserves to help pay for your ADN the BSN. In the Army they will commission ADN's and once you get your BSN can go on active duty.

    I too was a FMF Corpmans and agree with the hippychick that it did teach displine, how to think on your feet and give you basic medical knowledge. On big plus that you will not here about much is that once you are an officer you understand better what your enlisted that work for you are going thru.

    To Hippychick- you will be suprised how you are treated by the HM's that work under you compared to non-mustangs. what stinks is that I can not wear my FMF device with my Army uniform.
  7. by   Raven713
    After my ASN/ADN I plan to Enlist in the Army as either a Medic, or Infantryman, if Neither available, then Military Police. I've considered Navy Enlisted Side, but still kinda half and half on that one.

    For Navy HM, GM, and MA are what I'm into for Enlisted side (more skills/experience you've got, more marketable you are)

    Personally I'd like the Enlisted side to just know what they go through, to learn how to be a good NCO before learning how to be an astounding Officer.

    I am considering ARNG, Army Reserve, and Navy Reserve as well.

    But personally, I hope to score an Option 40 for Enlistment side, and get some "serious" time in the Rangers. And hopefully after that, get experience in regular line units, so I could hopefully learn how to 'bridge" the two worlds if/when I take my first command over a Platoon. Or even just in a general Army/Navy Hospital.

    To my knowledge, unless my information is incorrect, Navy, Army, Air Force, etc, all send their Nurses through Army AMEDD training site.
  8. by   jeckrn
    If you plan on becoming a Nurse officer I would go into one of the medical mos's on the enlisted side if you are going that way. Not sure what a option 40 is so unable to give you any insite on that.

    On training there are some courses which have all 3 services but there are still plenty of courses that each service conducts for their own nurses.

    Not sure if you are aware but you can get a reserve commission in the Army after you complete your ADN.
  9. by   Cursed Irishman
    As a former 11B and 31B:

    Rethink your plan. If you want to be an 11 series, do it as a reservist on your way through nursing school. It will not benefit you to go through nursing school only to turn around and enlist in a non-medically related career field; the argument could easily be made it wouldn't benefit you at all. As far as going to regiment, if thats what you want to do: don't even go to nursing school, wait til you get out.

    So you want to be an "astounding officer"? I've met a few of those.....
  10. by   markisrn
    Raven713,
    Perhaps my situation will give you an idea or two. I am an ADN nurse, prior service Army Infantry..Hoorah!. Regular Army will not accept an ADN, as you know, so I went Army Reserve. I chose the STRAP program and Healthcare loan repayment. I am going to school online to get my BSN, the Army will pay back the loans and they are...rather will (I am new so money isn't flowing yet, though it is acruing) be giving me a $1,905.00 per month stipend. I will owe one year to them for every 6 months of STRAP, doesn't matter to me though as I am staying in til retirement. I think it is a great deal for an ADN nurse looking to serve and further their degree.

    best regards,

    Markisrn
  11. by   Raven713
    Thank you everyone greatly for your input, all of you.

    I hope to be one of the best NCOs I can be, and even a better Officer later on.

    I am sincerely thankful for all of your input.

    Anything else you'd wish to add, feel free. =)

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