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Government/Military Nursing is the place for those nurses and personnel who provide care in a military or government healthcare setting, often to a unique population: those who serve our nation, or who have served in the past. This is a great place to share your journey in becoming a military nurse, to find out how to join or to share common issues or concerns related to this singular specialty. As always, OPSEC is a factor. Welcome!

Hurry Up and Wait!
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Hurry Up and Wait!

After I became an RN, I remember looking at the Army website, just musing ... but I saw that I needed a BSN for active duty. I had started an RN-to-BSN program with...

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Reserve Component BOLC Survival Guide
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Reserve Component BOLC Survival Guide

Many of the nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, veterinarians, public health professionals, and psychologists you meet at the Reserve Component Basic Officers'...

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101 Things I Wish I'd Known Before BOLC
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101 Things I Wish I'd Known Before BOLC

Not sure how many things I'll actually come up with, and these are things I wish I'd known, or that other people probably wish they'd known that I actually did...

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Using Your GI Bill Benefits in 75 Easy Steps!

I knew I was going to use my GI Bill benefits for my pursuit of an FNP, so when I applied to school in the late summer, I submitted my application online here: ...

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A day in the life of an Air Force flight nurse

When I met Army private Jamie Salvedo he was being loaded onto our C17 cargo plane at Joint Base Andrews (near Washington D.C.). It had been nearly two weeks since...

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Deployed Army Nursing: 101 Things I Learned While Deployed

1. Afghanistan gets very, very cold in the winter. People think "desert," "heat," and "sand" when you say Afghanistan, but let me tell you that it's more like "dirt...

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Deployed Army Nursing: Finally, Double Digits!

I have a countdown app on my Android phone that includes a home page widget you can set to display however many days until a date of your choosing. My widget has a...

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Government Nursing

What is Government Nursing? Government nurses, like their military counterparts, care for those who serve, or those who have served, but in a...

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I didn't know I couldn't do it ... so I did.

This morning at 0700, the phone woke me from sleep. It was my brother, calling me from Alaska to tell me how proud he was of me for joining the Army. Granted,...

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Military Nursing
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Military Nursing

What is Military Nursing? Military nurses care for those who serve, or those who have served, while in an active duty, reserve, or national guard capacity. In...

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New Army Nurse Corps officers: First Things First!
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New Army Nurse Corps officers: First Things First!

I am speaking fondly to my direct commission brethren (and sistren?) who don't know their ORB from their iPERMS. Some of this will seem obvious to prior service...

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Remembering the First Black U.S. Army Nurse During Black History Month
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Remembering the First Black U.S. Army Nurse During Black History Month

Most people in the nursing community are at least somewhat knowledgeable about the stories behind the more popular historical figures of the profession. After all,...

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Army Nursing: All Good Things Must Come To An End

I knew that I wanted to step away from active service. This decision was underscored by my last day on my compound in Afghanistan, when I read an email from a...

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Tapping into Army Tuition Reimbursement: Cha-Ching!

During the process of orienting to the post, we had a presentation at the Army Education Center about using our Tuition Assistance (TA) dollars. I listened with...

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The Army's On Its Way

I've found over the years that unless I'm working night shift, 0330 is an unpleasant time to be conscious no matter how you cut it. An adamant night-lover, I...

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To Those Who Serve..... Thank You!

I once had dreams of serving our country and fighting for the freedoms many of us take for granted. This dream was fostered by my family, from which 4 generations...

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Tactical Nudity and Other Fun Aspects of Deployed Army Nursing

For the latter half of this year I've had the wonderful opportunity of being deployed as the only ER RN with a Forward Surgical Team (FST). One of the interesting...

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Shutdown

"How much do we have left?" My boss, Angela, stood in front of me with concern bordering on desperation in her eyes. She bit her lower lip unconsciously,...

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