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    Pixie.RN likes this.

    Doable, but you may need to strategize it. I saved my MSN for an overseas tour where things were 'slower' but it was still pretty rough with work and collateral duties necessary.

    It can be exhausting when working 12's to come home and want to unwind to instead dedicate what little time you have to a paper/project. I felt I was always under time pressure, and am glad to have finished it.

    Consider DUINS when you get into the Navy - make yourself a strong candidate, and go to school full time on the govt. dime. Pretty much all DUINS specialties are highly competitive though, so you really have to plan ahead.

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    sirI, Pixie.RN, amoLucia, and 1 other like this.

    Navy here. I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but how will you handle deployments where you are gone for months at a time with your family concerns? I've worked 5 12's maybe twice in 6+ years (overseas, short-staffed, only one available etc.), but deployments are a different beast altogether.

    Other considerations include additional duties you do outside of work hours to make yourself promotion-ready. The military is a lifestyle, not just a job.

    I see my spouse plenty to be honest, and I'd consider myself a workaholic.

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    TriciaJ and SmilingBluEyes like this.

    Sounds like a troll post. For an NP prepared at the doctorate level, the writing in that post has me concerned if true.

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    MaleICURN likes this.

    The majority of the patients I see in a military hospital are dependents and retirees, which is typically reflective of the civilian population's health status (read: same). Military members 'may' be grateful for your care, or they may treat you like wait staff at a hotel.

    As far as pursuing CRNA school goes, I know for the Navy you have to apply to the DUINS program and have your package go in front of a board for selection. It is competitive, and based upon a myriad of things, such as officer evals from multiple years, GRE scores, GPA in any post-BSN coursework, specialty-leader endorsement, etc. Don't quote me, but they may now have a requirement that you complete at least your second duty station to apply, with typical rotations being 3 years per. In essence, the military is not a quick route to CRNA - you're actually more likely to get in/complete school now on your own while out based upon the experience you listed.

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    Quote from EKUGRAD
    Somebody help me. I have worked inpatient forensic units, State hospitals with forensic nurses and been doing legal consulting since 1997. However, all I seem to get from the Forensic Nursing world is SANE. Are there male SANE's? I raised two daughters and don't think I would be at all comfortable (nor would she) if my daughter had been sexually assaulted and a man was setting up for the exam. Please expand my knowledge base.
    Are there male SANE's? Yup. I'm a male sexual assault examiner. I think it has to do with how you develop a rapport with the person presenting for care - letting them know they are safe, that they are in control of the exam, and that my purpose is to support them and help them get what they need I feel makes the difference.

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    Quote from Chris6991
    That's exactly what they said! They said it's hard to become an officer right out of school and that my best bet is to enlist now, prove myself, and then it will be a lot easier to become an officer.
    Having been both enlisted, and currently a Navy officer - do not enlist if you are going to soon be a practicing RN. That's bananas.

    If you want to join the NCP, as I did, you'd best straighten out your grades. I know school is tough, but so is your competition who average much higher GPA's. Best of luck.

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    I'm currently taking an informatics course this semester for my MSN (current background: Navy RN working in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; 6 years MedSurg, 1 year Cardiac Intervention; Current SANE), and am looking to interview someone about their role as an informatics nurse for an article I'm presently writing.

    I have approximately 12 questions for you about your role/background. I understand you're undoubtedly busy people, and I'd be more than happy to provide something like a Starbucks gift card or the like for your time.

    If applicable, please feel free to shoot me a pm! Thank you!

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    Quote from Pixie.RN
    This is under the "Articles" tab at the top of the forum:

    The application process is extensive. Don't be surprised if recruiters don't return your calls until you graduate and pass the NCLEX-RN. The Army is not seeking nurses without experience (2 years) at this time. It is very competitive as our military is downsizing. Good luck!
    Heck even with your license and experience, don't expect an immediate call-back. Patience and persistence.

    The National Guard or Reserve would probably be easier to get into, but just know that they are not a path to active duty.

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    Smaller commands (ex: overseas) can expect to see more FNP use in their respective roles. Ours is a provider, and manager of 100000000 things. I don't envy her :P

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    The military won't pay for you to break a civilian contract you have that isn't education-related. Student loans? Maybe - even then they'll 'help' not clear.

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    As the poster above me said, you'll 95% chance end up on Med Surg or Post Partum. You 'may' be allowed to transfer after a certain amount of time, or you may not.

    I spent 3 years in Med Surg - but that's also where I gained the majority of my clinical skills, so it isn't all bad.

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    New sexual assault examiner here - anyone have tips for removing excess toluidine blue? I've been using surgi-lube and it does remove a good portion of the dye, but much of it remains even in non-injured tissues.

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    Shoot me a message when you get to Pendleton. I still know most of the people you'll be working with.

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    SoldierNurse22 likes this.

    Yes, you're probably right SoldierNurse22

    I've tangled with some of the administrative side of the house. Not really my cup of tea - generating endless data and 15 meetings a week really brought me down :P

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    Rondina likes this.

    Likely if you show some competence in Med-Surg and express interest in working MSW - you'll work MSW. It doesn't hurt to mention your future interests (ICU/ED).

    MSW = Ill newborn, pediatric, adult; You get occasional post-partum moms with mastitis or endomyometritis.

    It's really your best bet, in my opinion.

    A piece of advice too: Focus on learning your job, become competent at caring for a team of 5 patients, train/respect your corpsmen; Everything else is low on the totem pole. After a year, you'll be pretty decent at your job.