Prior nursing exp applies to higher rank?

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carolinapooh, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. 3,577 Posts

You sound exactly like I did, midinphx...I SO know how you feel!

buskat

buskat

4 Posts

not sure how you guys go in as a Cpt. I have 17 years as a RN, 9 years as a womens health NP, and now have my MSN. I go in as a first Lt. I was told no RNs go in as a Cpt or higher unless they are FNP, or Psych Np. Going in as a 66 h, Its O2 for me, commissioned but still awaiting orders.

hopeful_army_NP

hopeful_army_NP

Specializes in Advanced Practice, Home Care, Med-Surg,. Has 13 years experience. 253 Posts

not sure how you guys go in as a Cpt. I have 17 years as a RN, 9 years as a womens health NP, and now have my MSN. I go in as a first Lt. I was told no RNs go in as a Cpt or higher unless they are FNP, or Psych Np. Going in as a 66 h, Its O2 for me, commissioned but still awaiting orders.

I am in as CPT, 13 yrs experience, MSN/ANP- 5 yrs. My constructive credit equals 05yrs, I am 66H since there is no ANP MOS. Not sure why you wouldn't go in CPT, how long have you had your MSN?

shapely

shapely

103 Posts

ADN time doesn't count only BSN

Kathyporter

Kathyporter

Specializes in L+D, ambulatory surgery, Womens Health. 30 Posts

I was an associate degree nurse for the whole career and went back for the MSN only 2 years ago. Is that why? Or is it different in the reserves? My NP is a certificate program and so the MOS is 66H. Guess I just work hard to pick up cpt early as possible.

hopeful_army_NP

hopeful_army_NP

Specializes in Advanced Practice, Home Care, Med-Surg,. Has 13 years experience. 253 Posts

I was an associate degree nurse for the whole career and went back for the MSN only 2 years ago. Is that why? Or is it different in the reserves? My NP is a certificate program and so the MOS is 66H. Guess I just work hard to pick up cpt early as possible.

Yes, I believe the ADN time is not counting towards your constructive credit.

jeckrn

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR. Has 17 years experience. 1,868 Posts

ADN does count for constructive credit, but not all types of nursing does; ie geriatrics, homecare etc.

Kathyporter

Kathyporter

Specializes in L+D, ambulatory surgery, Womens Health. 30 Posts

Well my ADN time was first as a l+D nurse, then as an NP. I think its whatever they want to offer and I take I guess. They assured me it cant be a cpt on entry. I knew that wasn't right, but can't fix it now. Thanks all

jeckrn

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR. Has 17 years experience. 1,868 Posts

What age group did you work with as a ADN NP?

stephgor

stephgor

Specializes in ICU and CRNA. Has 14 years experience. 19 Posts

I just signed as a 1LT, 66F CRNA in the army reserve. I have been a CRNA for 7 years and RN for 14. My constructive credit was 6.75 years at the time of application. It took seven months to finally get everything settled. I even asked for re do of my rank and came back the same. I was finally told that for 66F they only count CRNA experience. They did not count any BSN experience. If i would come in as a regular RN I would be a captain. This really makes no sense, but I cannot focus on the negatives.

Kathyporter

Kathyporter

Specializes in L+D, ambulatory surgery, Womens Health. 30 Posts

Ok, I will stay positive. Probably too late to have anything done as I've already been commissioned as a first Lt. My patient population since I've been a NP has been women from menarche thru menopause. Not pedi. I really think my recruiter did not want to resubmit it, and so there it is. But it's cool, I just will hope to make Cpt soon.

stephgor

stephgor

Specializes in ICU and CRNA. Has 14 years experience. 19 Posts

I signed the commission too already. Too late now. I wasn't trying to make you feel bad about your rank as I feel slighted as well, but like i said I feel thankful to have all of my student loans paid for and 45k sign on bonus. Plus i get health insurance for 200 per month versus 1200 at my civilian job. So, all in all i don't have much to complain about. Let's hope to make captain soon and best of luck!