Roll Call for all Military and VA Nurses and those considering the Service - page 5

As the moderator for this forum ... I am interested to know where everyone is from, their background, branch of service (or VA VISN) and what they like the best about Military or VA Nursing .... ... Read More

  1. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from AFnurse3
    My turn!

    I'm an Air Force nurse....next month I will have one year in!!!
    Right now, I work Mad/Surg, but my true love is Trauma....I am jealous to hear that a couple of friends of mine might be heading to Iraq without me....and one is a L&D nurse through and through!!! What's up with that? Letting her go and leaving me behind!

    I plan to get a masters in Trauma in a few years and work in a Level I Trauma Center....but probably on the civilian side. I am considering switching to the Reserves as soon as I can.
    I am an USAF ICU nurse at Keesler. I would recommend looking at the call for nursing candidates this year and applying for the trauma/critical care internship at Wilford Hall. Look at last years call for canidates for more information. You could get some great training and work the rest of your time in the Air Force working in the icu.
    I am in AEF 1-2 which one are you in?

    Good Luck!
  2. by   blueheaven
    Hello,

    I have been an ICU nurse for 27 years and have been in the VA System 4 years. Those that know about VISNs...I have worked in VISN 9 @ Huntington WVa VAMC and currently working in VISN 5 @ Baltimore Maryland Healthcare System. Still trying to get used to the government way of doing things.
    Remember:
    There is the right way,
    The wrong way,
    and the VA Way.
  3. by   bluecandi
    I'm considering joining......once I am done with school that it. Hubby is also in service now. Current AFR and prior AF active.

    Sigh......I wanna go overseas!!
  4. by   AFnurse3
    I looked at the internship and was planning on going for it, but things have changed and now I am planning on getting out after my time. I love the military and am considering the reserves...possibly IMA....we'll see. But I want to work ER...a Level I Trauma Center, if I can....I don't really like ICU, but I love the adrenaline rush in the ER! Thank goodness we have ICU nurses like you, so I don't have to do it! As for a bucket, but I'm not in one....when I asked, they told me that I would have to be here for a year first!

    Quote from wtbcrna
    I am an USAF ICU nurse at Keesler. I would recommend looking at the call for nursing candidates this year and applying for the trauma/critical care internship at Wilford Hall. Look at last years call for canidates for more information. You could get some great training and work the rest of your time in the Air Force working in the icu.
    I am in AEF 1-2 which one are you in?

    Good Luck!
  5. by   Cynthia_S
    Hello. I was a HM3-pharmacy in San Diego from 87-91. I absolutely LOVED San Diego and still miss it to this day. I went on and received my BSN and was ready to complete my Navy Nurse packet when, BAM, husband left me with young kids in the wind and shattered dreams.

    I always had the desire to get back into the system. I interviewed for the local VA and did not get the job. It was a home health/case management position. Here's me with 10 years critical care experience and a 4 year Navy vet and the person who got the job was a non-vet with home health experience. Oh, i was mad as :angryfire . So, I enrolled into NP school instead. My only revenge was that they called 3 months later BEGGING me to take the job and I said, nope- got other plans. Too late !
    Is this normal hiring practice for the VA? I thought vets got preference.

    They raised the bar on the age limit? HMMMM....

    Thank you to all. I consider you my comrades.
  6. by   lmtmcc
    I am in school now working on my ADN. I am interested military nursing becasue of the excellent pay and benefits, as well as the obvious patient care. Do you have to have a BSN to enlist or if you can enlist with a ADN, does it limit what/where you can go? Thanks.
  7. by   Cali Nurse
    I'm a Navy nurse, have been in for 4 years. I did 1 1/2 years med/surg, the rest ER. I'm currently overseas, can't wait to get back to a busy hospital.
  8. by   gamecock
    Quote from lmtmcc
    I am in school now working on my ADN. I am interested military nursing becasue of the excellent pay and benefits, as well as the obvious patient care. Do you have to have a BSN to enlist or if you can enlist with a ADN, does it limit what/where you can go? Thanks.

    First, a technical point: RNs are officers. Officers do not enlist, we are commissioned. (Might seem nit-picky, but there is a huge distinction)

    Now, to receive a commission in the Active Army, you must have a BSN. The reserves allow you to be commissioned with an ADN, but at some point, you have to complete a BSN.

    If you are contemplating the Army, talk to a ROTC recruiter, there are scholarships with stipends available to help you complete your BSN.

    After you have been in for a few years (usually a minimum of 3-4) you are can apply to return for a MSN, full tuition with salary paid for two years of study. it is a great deal!
  9. by   pyxeduhst5282
    Hey Everyone!! Active duty AF nurse here....Came in right out of nursing school (have been in for a little over a year so far)...and now working med/surg in an AF hospital. I'm enjoying myself--there are definitely a lot of perks. Not sure if I'm going to stay in for the long haul...but I do want to travel abroad. I'm hoping to be based next in either Italy or Germany, get lots of traveling done, and then continue as a civilian. Good luck to everyone in thier careers!


    Quote from RNPATL
    As the moderator for this forum ... I am interested to know where everyone is from, their background, branch of service (or VA VISN) and what they like the best about Military or VA Nursing .... this forum generally has some really good traffic, and I would like to pull all of us together and get to know one another a little better.
  10. by   bwidlits
    just finishing paperwork to join army nurse corps reserves..choosing bases maybe Luandstul, Germany. Ft Stewart, Georgia or Fort Huachuca ,Az any suggestions or feedback ?
  11. by   CPT_Jana
    Quote from bwidlits
    just finishing paperwork to join army nurse corps reserves..choosing bases maybe Luandstul, Germany. Ft Stewart, Georgia or Fort Huachuca ,Az any suggestions or feedback ?
    I'm confused - are you joining the Reserves or Active component? I guess I've not known Reservists to select an Active Duty unit/location of assignment. Generally they join a Reserve unit/CSH with an opening near where they live - not an active installation such as those you listed. I'm sure one of the experts on this board can chime in with more info related to the USAR (and correct me if I'm mistaken!). But for what it is worth, here's a little info on the installations you have listed above:

    Landstuhl (LRMC) - largest military medical facility in Germany - very busy with the casualties from OIF/OEF. Has the full range of services - ER, ICU, OB, Peds, etc. (http://www.landstuhl.healthcare.hqusareur.army.mil)

    Winn Army Community Hospital, Ft. Stewart, GA - smaller sized hospital, I have no idea what their occupied bed days are. Primarily supports 3rd ID, their family members, and local retirees. Have some ICU capability, ER, L&D, peds, surgical capabilites, psych. (http://www.winn.amedd.army.mil)

    Ft Huachuca, AZ - only medical asset is a "super-clinic" - outpatient clinics, lab, radiology, physical therapy, same-day surgery. (http://rwbach.huachuca.amedd.army.mil/indexframes.html)

    Good luck to you and welcome to the AMEDD and Army Nurse Corps! Hope the information helps. I've not been assigned to any of those facilities/installations although I've been to LRMC.
  12. by   bwidlits
    Thanks for responding... Im entering the IMA Reserve program. Its been described to me as a backfill program. The requirement is 2 weeks a year, if we are not activated.
    If all goes well OBC will be in March

    Quote from CPT_Jana
    I'm confused - are you joining the Reserves or Active component? I guess I've not known Reservists to select an Active Duty unit/location of assignment. Generally they join a Reserve unit/CSH with an opening near where they live - not an active installation such as those you listed. I'm sure one of the experts on this board can chime in with more info related to the USAR (and correct me if I'm mistaken!). But for what it is worth, here's a little info on the installations you have listed above:

    Landstuhl (LRMC) - largest military medical facility in Germany - very busy with the casualties from OIF/OEF. Has the full range of services - ER, ICU, OB, Peds, etc. (http://www.landstuhl.healthcare.hqusareur.army.mil)

    Winn Army Community Hospital, Ft. Stewart, GA - smaller sized hospital, I have no idea what their occupied bed days are. Primarily supports 3rd ID, their family members, and local retirees. Have some ICU capability, ER, L&D, peds, surgical capabilites, psych. (http://www.winn.amedd.army.mil)

    Ft Huachuca, AZ - only medical asset is a "super-clinic" - outpatient clinics, lab, radiology, physical therapy, same-day surgery. (http://rwbach.huachuca.amedd.army.mil/indexframes.html)

    Good luck to you and welcome to the AMEDD and Army Nurse Corps! Hope the information helps. I've not been assigned to any of those facilities/installations although I've been to LRMC.
  13. by   CPT_Jana
    Quote from bwidlits
    Thanks for responding... Im entering the IMA Reserve program. Its been described to me as a backfill program. The requirement is 2 weeks a year, if we are not activated.
    If all goes well OBC will be in March

    That makes sense now! If it were me, I'd choose Germany (for what it is worth!).

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