Questions about Reserves

  1. Hello, I'm a student R.N. in a diploma program. I have always planned on going on and furthering my education upon graduating, but have wondered how I would pay for it (I would like to get a Master's degree, specializing in Nurse-midwifery). Lately, I have begun to consider the reserves. However, when I hear (or think) of military nursing, nurse-midwifery is not the first thing that comes to mind. Would the military reserves even be interested in a nurse whose interest would lie in l&d and/or other areas of women's health? Would the military even pay/assist in paying for a nurse-midwife degree?
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  3. by   navynurse06
    I'm glad to hear the you are interested in miliatary nursing. However, the only branch that accepts adn/ads is the army resereve. To be active duty in any branch you have to have a bsn. The navy does have a programed called DUINS which I think has a few spots for the area you are interested in. But they only accepted like 1 or 2 a yr for these area. DUINS also has spots for CNS in OB/Women's Health.
    Hope this helps.
  4. by   ChristineN
    Quote from navynurse06
    I'm glad to hear the you are interested in miliatary nursing. However, the only branch that accepts adn/ads is the army resereve. To be active duty in any branch you have to have a bsn. The navy does have a programed called DUINS which I think has a few spots for the area you are interested in. But they only accepted like 1 or 2 a yr for these area. DUINS also has spots for CNS in OB/Women's Health.
    Hope this helps.
    Are you saying that I can not consider joining the reserves shortly after graduation due to the fact I choose to enroll in a diploma school instead of an ADN or BSN program?
  5. by   navynurse06
    What I am saying is that the only branch that accepts anything less than a BSN is the Army Reserves.
    You can join any of the others but you won't be considered a nurse or an officer. I think some of the branches offer assistance to help pay for your bsn. But I'm not sure how that process works. I know how it works for the Navy. Like I said you won't be a RN, you'll be enlisted as a E5 or E6 and will be working as a corpsmen (which is equal to LVN/LPN). Your promotion chances will be higher since you have a degree.
    I'm not saying this is the way to go. I'm just telling you what's out there.
    Also, you have to have your BSN before you can go to become a nurse midwife. (but I"m sure you already knew that).
    I hope this helps.
  6. by   ChristineN
    Quote from navynurse06
    What I am saying is that the only branch that accepts anything less than a BSN is the Army Reserves.
    You can join any of the others but you won't be considered a nurse or an officer. I think some of the branches offer assistance to help pay for your bsn. But I'm not sure how that process works. I know how it works for the Navy. Like I said you won't be a RN, you'll be enlisted as a E5 or E6 and will be working as a corpsmen (which is equal to LVN/LPN). Your promotion chances will be higher since you have a degree.
    I'm not saying this is the way to go. I'm just telling you what's out there.
    Also, you have to have your BSN before you can go to become a nurse midwife. (but I"m sure you already knew that).
    I hope this helps.
    I don't understand a whole lot about military ranks, but are you saying that if I graduate with a diploma R.N. that the reserves (any branch) would rank me at a lower skill, such as that of an LPN?!?
  7. by   navynurse06
    No....You can enter into the Army Reserves and be an officer. That's the ONLY branch that accepts anything less than a BSN. So any other branch will not recognize you as a nurse. I don't know how else to explain this to you.
  8. by   ChristineN
    Quote from navynurse06
    No....You can enter into the Army Reserves and be an officer. That's the ONLY branch that accepts anything less than a BSN. So any other branch will not recognize you as a nurse. I don't know how else to explain this to you.
    I think I understand. You're saying that without my BSN I can only consider the Army Reserves.
  9. by   navynurse06
    That is correct!

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