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caughtupinthismoment ADN, BSN

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caughtupinthismoment has 4 years experience as a ADN, BSN.

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    Calling all present and former military nurses

    Where was your first duty station? How long did it take for you to adjust from civilian to military life? And what advice do you have for those going in? Thanks!
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    Hello, Just wondering how many of you current or former military nurses have moonlighted on the side. What was your specialty for full-time position, what specialty did you moonlight in, etc. Thanks.
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    Navy Nurse Requirements

    @Meep123 I see. Just get that RN and you’ll be solid. Anytime after that you will be learning an incredible amount of skills and knowledge time will fly by. Being a nurse has been the best thing for me. So many options.
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    Navy FY2020

    Wow how interesting. How is it going so far? Did you have that as a “wish” destination?
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    Navy Nurse Requirements

    When you are done with your masters program, what boards will you take? RN? NP? Wow. You have been put through the ringer. Thanks for the reply. We should talk in a message to update each other on progresses/regresses. Can’t figure out how to PM on this though. PM me your update so far.
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    Advice needed for Military Spouse

    You can get in anywhere that requires an RN license. Sure experience is preferred, but rarely required. Don’t give up and apply for what you want. Focus on landing an interview (good resume and cover letter) and then charm the pants off of them. Everything else will figure itself out. Nothing is absolute. Including not getting hired because of x, y, and z.... Unless those include felonies or drug diverting or something. That’s the beauty of nursing. Nurses range from both ends of the spectrum.. really *** and really freaking awesome. Try and be one in the latter category and you’ll see many doors opening for you regardless of your situation. I was offered an interim manager positions after only a year and a half on the floor, then made it official just a few months later. And it’s not because I’m hot *** or anything. I just go hard 12.5 hours, every single day I’m there. Set your mind on the goal and do what it takes to get there. You can get there. Promise.
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    ER nurse or OR nurse?

    If you want CRNA, go ICU. Don’t waste time elsewhere unless you are doing it to get the most out of the situation, which from your post, doesn’t seem like you are. Just pick an end goal and keep your eyes on the prize. Do what it takes to get there and give no excuses in between. God speed.
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    Haven’t found my niche

    Give it some time. I hated nursing when I first started. Now I couldn’t be more grateful. Took about a year and a half to feel like I made the right decision.
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    Navy Nurse Requirements

    You're the best! I have a plan. After knowing I need at least 6 mo. ICU experience, I am planning to transfer to an ICU in the city when my lease is up (June). The officer health care recruiter in my division is not helpful at all. He was basically like, this is what I need, let me know when you get it, kbye. I had to contact a different recruiter, same type, just not in my division, to get helpful information to make reasonable decisions regarding what's next and if it's even worth it. I also talked to another recruiter, who is just a general officer recruiter who offered to put me through MEPS and the background check in the interim I'm waiting to get the ICU experience. So I'm wondering if I should go through MEPS and the background check now before I make my move to the city and hopefully have it all completed, or at least in the process of completion, so that when I get down there I can just focus on working? He said it's transferrable and good for two years. And what advice do you have for working with recruiters? Obviously some are better than others, but unfortunately the one who will most likely be processing my application is on the more lazier/careless side. 😑 My goal is to get selected. So whatever I can do to expedite and make myself a worthy candidate I'm willing to do. Any other advice would be appreciated.
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    ODS Navy

    Tell us how it went! 😁
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    Navy Nurse Requirements

    Awesome! I would love to pick your brain. I'm in a pickle now and I'm not sure how to handle it to be honest. 😣
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    Navy FY2020

    You should definitely travel nurse. I went to TravCon this year and it was a blast! You should go 2020. If I was in the specialty I wanted to be in I would travel nurse... like yesterday.
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    Navy FY2020

    I hear ya, man. What's your plan?
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    Navy Nurse Life/Military Nurse

    What are your motivations for both? I am a clinical instructor and I tell all my students, focus on getting through nursing school and the specialty doors will open for you when you reach the other side. In the meantime, just focus on getting through school and passing the NCLEX. Who knows, you might end up liking a specialty you never thought you would ever work in. 😉
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    Graduating April 2020.. Navy Next?

    @anchorRN would you be willing to answer some questions regarding the process?
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    Going into Navy after finishing Nursing School?

    Looks like to go in as an experienced nurse you'll need some kind of experience working in a specialty. They put out needs they need to fill for the year every October. Basically if you have 6 mo. experience in that specialty, then it's fair game to start the process. But coming in as a brand new nurse on the civilian side, getting straight into a specialty is harder than it sounds, although better than it was in years prior. I don't know where you live but if it's possible to go straight into the ICU in a new grad program I would do that. Usually the commitment is one year when you do those kinds of programs, although I don't know what the punishment is if you break it to serve in the military. I can't imagine it being that crazy. Anyways, once you are 6 mo. in you can contact a recruiter and start the process. This fiscal year 2020 the need was in critical care. They had some for like medsurg and ER, but they have already been filled. So basically, if you were looking to go in this year critical care would honestly be your only bet. But if you wanted to go in for the next fiscal year, which it looks like you will by your timing of graduation, it will just depends on what kind of needs they put out specialty wise. A safe bet is always critical care. However, take what I say with a grain of salt. I'm not a recruiter. Just another aspiring navy nurse.

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