I am currently finishing up my BSN in December and I was wondering if joining the Navy after graduation would be a great idea to not only help pay off some accumulated student debt, but to also explore the various areas of nursing? Thank you guys.
You should contact a recruiter to find out what the current needs of the Navy are - I do believe the Navy is taking new grads. You can start here: Find Your Local U.S. Navy Recruiter Office - Navy.com
- when you search for a recruiter, make sure you only deal with officer recruiters, and be aware that the territory they cover is large.
Commissioning is a long and arduous process, typically taking up to a year or more depending on where they are in the selection board cycle. You need a great GPA and a degree from an accredited school for starters. Do not be surprised if you don't hear much from them until you have passed the NCLEX after graduation. In their eyes, you aren't a true candidate until you're an RN. Good luck!