Out of curiosity, how many male RNs are former military veterans?

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Mr Midwife, BSN, RN

Specializes in Maternity. Has 8 years experience. 1 Article; 52 Posts

I'm ee Royal Navy, was petty officer but started my medic training. Wanted to leave after my 3 years so decinded option to be sponsored into Medical School but when I went into nursing went into our Territorial Army as student nurse but didn't sign up as a nurse. Worked as RN in trauma for a while then convered to a midwife and happily Civy/NHS for now.

Oragnisational skills learnt were invaluable mind!!

PNWxplant

PNWxplant

4 Posts

It doesn't surprise me that a good number of civilian sector RNs started out in the military given that 1/3 of nurses in the military are men compared with the 10% of male nurses in the civilian sector.

I'm a Vet, but I wasn't a nurse in the Army. I was 11B, a straight-leg Infantry, Ground Pounder, Mortar Maggot.

WHOO-WHA!

Now LPN, soon to be RN.

CCNP-FL

CCNP-FL

Specializes in Critical Care Medicine. Has 6 years experience. 1 Article; 58 Posts

Of the 24, or so, medics that I work with in an ARNG Medical Company, many of them are also RNs, LPNs, or entering Medical School. The only difference between them and me is a bar on my chest instead of chevrons. Say what you will about Guard units, but I personally like being able to respond to hurricanes in Florida (my home state) or the needs of our nation overseas. I practice clinically full-time on the civilian-side when not on orders.

On a side note, nurses often have an expanded practice role in the absence of a formal care provider, mid-level or otherwise, so the responsibility for RNs in the Army is substantially greater at times than in the civilian setting. At any rate, military experience is definitely a plus in so many ways. I wish you the best in your future studies. (I'm a ARNG Nurse and Student Nurse Practitioner).

CCNP-FL

CCNP-FL

Specializes in Critical Care Medicine. Has 6 years experience. 1 Article; 58 Posts

Oops, double post.

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CCNP-FL

CCNP-FL

Specializes in Critical Care Medicine. Has 6 years experience. 1 Article; 58 Posts

I'm a Vet, but I wasn't a nurse in the Army. I was 11B, a straight-leg Infantry, Ground Pounder, Mortar Maggot.

WHOO-WHA!

Now LPN, soon to be RN.

Don't you mean Hooah, bud? lol

anothergrumpyoldRN

anothergrumpyoldRN

Specializes in ICU, BURNS, TRAUMA, TRANSPORT, HH. Has 35+ years experience. 92 Posts

I don't know what the stats are here in Alaska, but most of the male nurses I know and have worked with here obtained their nursing education secondary to their military service.

I am an outlier, I guess.

Second "career" path.

JNAV

JNAV

4 Posts

Former Active Duty AF, then full time Reserve, now continuing to fly as a part time Reserve Navigator. Been in the service 22 years and counting. Out of the 10 guys in my nursing class 3 were vets, I was the only one of the 10 to graduate. Lot's of the guys at my hospital are vets.

RangerRN1995

RangerRN1995

Specializes in BMT. Has 3 years experience. 2 Posts

1st Ranger, worked with a lot of guys in 10th SF, and most I know are military in one form or another...we advance fast, and move up because we are the Type A personalities that this world really needs.

BrandonLPN, LPN

Has 5 years experience. 3,358 Posts

Mnay of my LPN colleagues never attended nursing school. They were medics in the military and challenged the PN boards.

Wile E Coyote, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical care. 471 Posts

6 years AD Army Engineer here before nursing school with the good ole GI Bill.

LarryCarter

LarryCarter

Specializes in Primary Care. Has 6 years experience. 27 Posts

I am an Army Veteran and an RN but I am one of the few in my workplace.

RobtheORNurse

RobtheORNurse

Specializes in Surgery. Has 30+ years experience. 126 Posts

I was an Army medic, LPN then RN. Retired from reserves 21 years.