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pedsBSN-RN specializes in NICU, PICU, and Mother Baby.

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  1. Hello fellow shipmates, Just wanted to let you guys know I am finally done with ODS and after 3 days of complete bed rest (not used to the sleep deprevation) I'm back writing. I wanted to say thank you to everyone for all the words of encouragement and answering all the questions I had regarding Navy Nursing and ODS you guys where awsome and made my journey that much easier!!! Well I need more advice where should I live?? I am on the on base housing waiting list, number 12 to be exact, where do I live in the meantime. Has anyone ever been stationed in the Camp Pendleton area? How are the school systems?
  2. pedsBSN-RN

    US NAVY vs. US AIR FORCE

    I just graduated ODS this October and as stated before it is shocking the first couple weeks but it's not demanding. You basically learn how to wear the uniform, how to work as a team, Navy history, and PT/drill. You build lasting relationships with the people in your company/class. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.
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    Going to ODS 9/1/08; what shall I take???

    Hello amjmm11, I apologize for the last response. I applied in April and recieved my final selection letter late July and was just commisioned last week Friday. Basically once you recieve your final selection letter everything goes quickly but the wait to recieve it was dreadful!!!
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    Going to ODS 9/1/08; what shall I take???

    I was also told by my recruiter and detailer they usually only send ENS to the big hospitals but since I had experience I was able to pick from various locations. I was also given a Duty Station preference form where I was able to choose 3 duty stations and then from there I negotiated with my detailer. Camp Pendelton was my second, first was Balboa, and third was Hawaii. It also has allot to do with the needs of the Navy, I learned that early on when my husband was enlisted. Also, I wasn't so much worried about location, I'm the type of person that makes the best out of every situation so I know I can make any experience work for me. Hope to see you at ODS !!!
  5. I finally recieved the news that my packet was excepted for the Navy Nurse Corps!!! Things are going quickly now, I am swearing in on Friday, starting ODS 9/1/08 (don't know when I will be sent there), and my ultimate duty station is Naval Hosptial Camp Pendleton. So basically, what should I be taking to ODS, what should I expect, anyone been stationed at Camp Pendleton, what areas are family friendly to live in? Any comments and/or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. EM
  6. pedsBSN-RN

    Application Process - How long does it take?

    Your right, as long as the professional review board approves your experience. I was just wondering because you could have acummilated those years towards your military retirement (I'm just thinking in the long run benefits wise, I think to much into the Pro's and Con's I guess :-). Well anyways Congrads and hope to see you at a Navy Hospital one day!!!
  7. pedsBSN-RN

    Application Process - How long does it take?

    A quick question why are you waiting to meet 2 years of experience? Did you know you can apply now and choose your date to begin OIS? This helps alot especially with the funds available for bonuses and loan repayment, depending on when you apply in the fiscal year it determines how much funds are available and what type of bonus/loan repayment you will recieve. Learned through a friend and confirmed with recruiter. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.
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    Application Process - How long does it take?

    I also forgot to tell you that I went to MEPS, did the interview. and application all on one day I was there from 6am until about 5pm.
  9. pedsBSN-RN

    Application Process - How long does it take?

    Hello WanttobeaNavyNurse, The process I believe, depends on how fast you can provide all the required documentation. I started the process on April 15, 2008 and ALL paper work shall be in to my recruiter by tommorrow (if nothing else is missing). From there she stated that my file will go through three different approvals/steps they are: the professional board, security clearence, and physical clearence, this process takes 4 to 6 weeks to be completed and for the recruiter to recieve a final selection letter. Then you are commissioned and are given orders to report to OIS/ODS and your duty station after. Regarding the Bonus, your given a form (forgot the form number) and it states you will recieve the bonus once you report to OIS. How long or fast this will take I am unsure, my husband was lucky enough to recieve his enlisted bonus when he recieved his first check at training. I guess it depends on the processor...I'm only guessing so don't quote me on it. If you have any other questions feel free to PM me.
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    Navy Nurse Questions

    Nurse 214, FYI, yes you are given up to three choices where you want your duty station to be but ultimately where you go is according to where they need you the most. Also, when you join the military regardless which branch you choose there is always a chance you will be deployed. You have to come in with the mind set that you will be deployed and don't be suprised if you do, as ENS Allison stated if this bothers you you should choose another career path. Regarding, the good and bad things, I personally can not answer since I am in the process of being commisioned and haven't experienced it first hand as of yet but all I can say is "only you can make your experience not the experience make you"...
  11. pedsBSN-RN

    Duty Stations...where to go/pick?

    Thanks guys for all the input...I'm off to choose where to go!!!
  12. pedsBSN-RN

    Duty Stations...where to go/pick?

    Hello Eveyone, So basically, I am done with all my paper work except one, to be commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps, which is picking the 3 duty stations I may want to be stationed at. I have been discussing options with my recruiter and so far I have Blaboa as my first, Hawaii as the 2nd but not sure if they allow new nurses to go overseas. Third have no idea and maybe thinking Great Lakes for peds clinic (put from what I read on forums new commisioned nurses usually go to med/surg first so who knows if I'll get it. Basically I want to choose a location that has good schools, various recreation activities for a 9 year old, and somewhere where I will get great nursing experience, even if its challenging. All feed back will be greatly appreciated. Thanks:D
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    Navy Nurse Questions

    Hey Metaphoricalcoma and kashi1019, I was in the same boat as you guys, I'm in the process of being comissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps (March 14, if all goes well) and like Metaphoricalcoma, I too made a pros and cons list and have a 10 year plan such as becomeing a PNP, makeing Commander, travel, and live decently, as well as various other educational goals. I was thinking about the Nurse Corps all through college and now that I graduated I reviewed my 10 year plan and honestly my tie breaker was that I did not want to live the rest of my life thinking "WHAT IF...". Not to mention the DUINS program (obtaining a masters degree, going to school full-time and getting your salary), loan repayment, GI bill, sign on bonus, medical/dental, 30 days vacation...etc. But thats just me, I have been working in health care for 8 plus years and have experienced how unappreciated nurses are in the civilian world and I need a change. In my point of view, why not try it. Yes its 3-5 years you have to commit to, but honestly if you think about it (I did research) if you want to get your loans paid off after you graduate by a civilian hospital you have to commit, on an average 2-3 years for $10,000 to be paid towards your loans and thats if you find a hospital willing to do so. Regarding being deployed, its a chance you have to take, I did research on how many nurse casualtites the military has had since the war begun, and the total is 1, an Army Nurse (details in Nursing Advance March edition, I believe) before that there has not been a nurse casualty since the V war. Also I found out that according to the Geneva convention nurses/mds are permited in war areas but have to be 10 miles away from the war zone and can not participate in combat (anyone correct me if I'm wrong). So there you go sorry for all the info and jumping around if you have any questions feel free to PM me.
  14. pedsBSN-RN

    Going to VIP trip to Balboa 3/19/08...

    Also does anyone know what is involved in these trips? Who will I meet, what shall I wear? Any input is appreciated!!!
  15. Is anyone besides me going to visit Balboa? I'm in the process of picking my 3 choices to be stationed and the Navy is sending me to San Diego. Is anyone else going? EM
  16. pedsBSN-RN

    Navy Nurse Questions

    I'll keep you posted...