Thinking about joining Army Nurse Corps...



  1. Hello!

    I graduated last May with my BSN and I am half-way through my MSN program in Health Care Systems Management. I have four months of CVICU experience and five months as a charge nurse in a long term care facility.

    I like the sound of Army nursing because of the patient ratios and travel. And because "new grads" are not in high demand right now in the civilian world. Also I have a lot student loans and I know the Army has some awesome sign on bonuses.

    Does anyone know what you would go in as as a BSN grad with a little experience and half-way through a Master's program? Is it 2nd Lieutenant? Or should I wait a year when I have my BSN and go in as a Captain? I'm trying to figure out the pay... I'm confused!

    Can anyone help me with what kind of questions to ask the recruiter? I don't want to be "tricked" or suckered into anything I don't want to do.

    I'm 28 and have two dogs so I want to make sure this is the right thing for me and the puppies!

    Also how "athletic" do you have to be? I work out regularly but I don't consider myself a hardcore soldier that can do a million pushups! And come on I'm old lol...
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  3. by   just_cause
    Are you trying to evaluate the option of going in now with your BSN or waiting to go in with your MSN? What is your timeline for the MSN? Depending on when you'd graduate.. or if you could later do some p/t via distance.. that could change things. Either way it takes a while to start putting your packet together. Depending on how long your grad date is you might be able to use the same packet regardless of which two scenarios you are looking at.

    My 2 cents.. I'd look at going in with BSN ... so I'd be a future prospect for the Army to send me to go get my masters...
  4. by   sunshineyday
    I will graduate May 2010 with my MSN. You still think to try going in now?
  5. by   olderthandirt2
    Quote from sunshineyday
    I will graduate May 2010 with my MSN. You still think to try going in now?
    If I understand correctly you will have a MSN in health systems which is non clinical. So you would still be a 66H (nurse). Even with your MSN, with 1-2 yrs experience, you probably will be a 2LT. You will NOT come in as a Captain......I know this from personal experience (I have 6 + yrs ICU experience and 2 Masters of Science....one is a MSN, plus 1yr Army Reserve and I will come in as 1LT to Active duty).

    I have dealt with 2 healthcare recruiters (reserve & regular Army) both of whom have been upfront and honest. Be clear with your requests and read all your documents before signing.......the timeline is extensive for application to commissioning and the RN quotas are "said to be complete for this fiscal yr"....so inquire when they will be accepting new applicants. You may want to do a search on this website to glean the information already discussed.

    good luck,
    c.
  6. by   Staczse7
    all other health service officers and dental officers appointed prior to 19 january 2001 as determined by hqda:
    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif][color=#fefefe]
    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif][color=#fefefe]deless than 2 years01/2lt
    2 years or more, but less than 7 years02/1lt
    7 years or more, but less than 14 years03/cpt
    14 years or more, but less than 21 years04/maj
    21 years or more, but less than 23 years05/ltc2
    3 years or moreltc or col

    rn's go in as either 2ly or 1 lt then get constructive credit for the rest of the time

    for example i got my bsn in 2003 (got my adn before that in 1996), anyhow.....they commissioned (12/06/08) me as a 1lt then gave me 3 years constructive credit toward cpt.
  7. by   DonnerDawg
    Quote from olderthandirt2
    and the RN quotas are "said to be complete for this fiscal yr"

    good luck,
    c.
    I had lunch with my health care recruiter last week, who said the exact same thing. Can't hurt to do the paper drill, though, if you want to shoot for the next FY (begins 1 Nov 09).
  8. by   Skeletor
    Quote from sunshineyday
    I'm 28 and have two dogs so I want to make sure this is the right thing for me and the puppies!

    Also how "athletic" do you have to be? I work out regularly but I don't consider myself a hardcore soldier that can do a million pushups! And come on I'm old lol...
    28 old?

    "30" is the new 20, c'mon!
  9. by   just_cause
    If you didn't see before... there are now commissioning opportunities for nurses up to the age of 60 with no prior service... if you are 28 you are a young stud / studette.
  10. by   jgcadet
    physically wise you need to pass the apft. Not hard to pass but I know in ROTC they strive for officers to max it. Although most of the soon to be officers will branch into jobs that require more strenuous activity (i.e. infantry) For Direct commission like yourself passing will suffice. there are charts all over the net to see your age bracket minimums.
  11. by   JP_RN
    anyone knows contact person in nurse corps application?
  12. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from JP_RN
    anyone knows contact person in nurse corps application?
    You would need to find your closest AMEDD recruiter. You can use this web form: http://www.goarmy.com/locate-a-recruiter.html

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