Navy Nurse Corps Direct Accession FY 2013 - page 2

Just looking for other FY2013 DA hopefuls! My paperwork was submitted to be considered at the first board... Anyone else in the same boat? Also, I am a new grad but am working at a large university... Read More

  1. by   Stephers85
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm suuuuuper interested in joining either Navy or Air Force for nursing and want to go ICU without a doubt. However, I have no idea of who to contact because recruiters haven't responded to the voice messages left I'm in SD area and I graduate this December with my BSN. Does anyone have some pointers since this sounds like a lengthy process to get started? I think I'm pretty competitive so I'd love to be set up after graduation. Thanks so much for all of your advice and good luck to all of you applying!

  2. by   MBRN74
    Hey staugnurse,

    I'm 38 and this is second time applying due to it filling up so quick last year and packet didn't make it in in time. What extra stuff did you have done since you are 40. Have you recently started nursing or have been doing for a long time? What specialty are you applying to? How has your experience been with recruitment? Did you apply to any other branch? Apologies up front for all the questions? Trying to figure all this out as well. Thanks in advance.
  3. by   MBRN74
    To Stephers85,

    If you aren't getting a response in your area then call another state to start working with someone and explain that you aren't getting anyone where you are. But keep calling, be persistent. It would be helpful to start applying for jobs so once you are done you can have that lined up. Are you in a patient care tech job now? If not get started in that and go from there. That's valuable experience.

    You want either AF or Navy? Decide on which culture best suits you! They have different aspects to them. AF has locations in almost every state I think and if you don't care about being stationed in places like ND, Utah, Maine, Ohio, etc.... and you may get stationed later at bases with clinics not hospitals and potentially at a army hospital. Navy is more west coast, east coast and work with Marines. Despite what alot of folks thnk, nurses generally dont get stationed out on a boat either. Those postions are few and far between. Nurses who want those compete for them. So dont worry about that. Also, AF has increased their time on station to 4 years instead of 3 like the Navy. Unless you decide to take an assignment in another country somewhere after 3 years.
    These are just things to keep in mind. Not everythiing is in stone, things change as well.

    Good luck with things.
  4. by   MBRN74
    To Sailorwifey,

    Did they happen to mention to you when exactly the first board is? Or does anyone out there know? I was told end of september?

    What type of unit are you working on? Are you applying for a med/surg nurse or some other specialty? How was your recruitment process?

    I wouldn't say being a new grad is an automatic no so keep head up! How long have you been a new grad?
  5. by   Navywifeim
    Quote from SailorWifey
    Just looking for other FY2013 DA hopefuls! My paperwork was submitted to be considered at the first board... Anyone else in the same boat? Also, I am a new grad but am working at a large university hospital. Does anyone know what the chances for a new grad are? Perhaps people from other years can weigh in. From what I've read, being a new grad is basically an automatic no TIA!
    I too have my package in, I had a bad recruiter last year so I missed my chance to get my stuff in in time last year so I have been working on this since February of 2011
    It is all in and I am hoping to be considered in the first board. My resume is med/surg and now I am a Cardiac progressive RN. I am just so nervous last year there was 96 applicants 34 accepted and 14 wait listed. So fingers crossed and I hope you guys get in too!:heartbeat
  6. by   pamelaRN06
    I was told the board would meet at the beginning of FY2013 which is October. I was not given an exact date so we'll see!
  7. by   MBRN74
    Thanks pamelarn06. I know i have been told several different things. I was told that they start looking at packets during september and would possibly meet at the end of last week of september. But again, i also heard numbers come out october 1 and that they would meet after that. who knows...

    Appreciate your input.

    Anyone out there close to VA, DC or MD???
  8. by   pamelaRN06
    I'm here in the DMV. I don't graduate with my BSN (I'm currently in an RN-BSN program) until April of 2013 and my recruiter told me that he can't submit my kit until November. He said I have to be 6 months away from graduation soooo quite a few people will have had their kits reviewed before me. I am still going to keep a positive attitude and hope for the best!! I am also anxious to know what the "numbers" are going to be for this year. How is your process going MBRN74?
  9. by   SailorWifey
    I also am located in the DMV area.I work in periop but I believe I'm just applying for general nursing because I just graduated. I don't know an exact date for the first board but my recruiter told me as long as my kit was sent in by august it would be ok for the first board! Fingers are crossed for all of you! Best of luck!
  10. by   Stephers85
    Hi MBRN74,

    Thank you so much for your input. I have 5 years experience as an EMT, worked in the ER for a year, and as a CNA on a rehab/ortho floor. Thanks for providing some insight on AF vs. Navy, that definitely helps in deciding on which direction to head. Hope you have a great week and thanks again.

    Kind Regards,
  11. by   240zRN
    There were some issues with credentialling as they had to do a QC check on my package, so my package was not submitted untill 9/12. It appears as though I made it through and the board has not yet met to look at applications. From my understanding based on information I have gathered to first board will meet the first week of october (and that is when I predict they will close the application window, as it typically happens on the first week the board meets). I have had bad feelings about my chances because even though I have taken every precaution to remain as competitive with my application and my timing I have had difficulties throughout the entire process and (call me superstitious) just feel as though things are against me. Too much bad luck with processing my kit and pulling teeth to get the required signatures and references. I hope I get in though; in fact I hope we all do. We all work very hard and unfortunately are trying to get in at an unforgiving time; it is a competitive and volatile employment market in all regards.

    I wish us all the best of luck, we only have a little over a month to find out!
  12. by   240zRN
    Quote from staugnurse
    I went to MEPS end of June, it took until last week for it to get approved. They had problems electronically filing for final approval. I'm hoping my kit get turned in for boards within the next week or 2. My recruiter has told me in the past the soonest we can submit the better. Have you heard from reading the treads here the chances of getting accepted if it's submitted to board in early September? I'm thinking of switching to ICU just to be on safe side.
    If you can get credentialed as an ICU nurse, I would do that because you wont be restricted to an annual board because ICU RN Navy boards meet year round and are way less competitive (pretty much, if you can get credentialed as an ICU nurse, arent overweight, and have all your limbs--you're in! lol). I was told the board was meeting on the first or second week of october and they are taking applications until they meet. Typically what happens is that they will keep the window open until they meet; but anything can happen. I'm just glad I have mine submitted by now--it was such a pain in butt to get everything squared away. Good Luck!
  13. by   staugnurse
    My kit was submitted yesterday to boards. Do you have an idea of how they do the selection? Is it more first come picked? My recruiter was kinda vague on it.