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BSN317

Family Med, Mental Health, Public Health
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BSN317 has 7 years experience and specializes in Family Med, Mental Health, Public Health.

Family NP, Psychiatric NP, Former USPHS Officer

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  1. BSN317

    USPHS

    Hey...I just came in again with the canceling of the orders. I am not sure I am understanding correctly. I did hear about the new health care bill, etc etc but I really didnt think it was going to affect any officers like that. Plus, we have a new officer who is starting tomorrow, so whats up with that??? Im confused. @Ultimo, sorry I didnt repsond earlier. At OBC, the first 3 days you wear regular black and white. (black bottoms, white shirts) in an attempt for uniformity. After that, all you wear is the khakis in OBC. There some nurses who were assigned to be BOP, and I saw them ordering the dark blue one piece coveralls, because thats what they wear daily at work. They also spoke of the training at BOP. You can pm and I can put you in touch with one of them via email if you have questions about it.
  2. BSN317

    USPHS

    Does anyone know wear I can order the PHS badge for the BDUs??? I really new to get one ASAP!! :)
  3. BSN317

    FNP with little inpatient/hospital experience

    Hello, I am in a similar position. I am a relatively new nurse ( graduated May 2008) and I ve worked in psych and in public health. I loved public health, and most of my patients were "well" and occassionally acutely ill but of course all we did was direct them to the ER anyways. I am currently in FNP school right now, and honestly I dont think my lack of real hospital experience is all that detrimental; nursing experience, maybe on some points, but with studying and reading I do well. I already know outpatient care is really what I like, so I was never too enthused about going inpatient anyways. I'd say GO FOR IT, I did, and Im happy with the decision. Good luck!
  4. BSN317

    Nurse practitioner

    Well, I am currenlty in FNP school...Correct me if Im wrong, but I believe you can teach with an FNP degree. A professor of mine had her MSN in FNP. Also, cant you obtain the psych qualificiation/certification if you finish your FNP? Just seems like you could kill a couple of birds with one stone, if you're interested in all those areas. I dont know though, just my thoughts! Good luck in whatever you decide to do!
  5. BSN317

    USPHS

    Q-tip was probably confused with "E-Quip." Its a pain, really! But its the online process where you input all your info to secure your security clearance.
  6. BSN317

    USPHS Pay Rates/Scales

    Yes, and it also depends if you have dependents or not. I have a dependent, and I get about 1100 a month, and I am a "baby" O-2. Its pretty good, and I live in GA.
  7. BSN317

    USPHS

    WOW WHy would u need service dress blues??? Most nurses I know at BOP wear the khakis or the one piece coverall...Service dress blues are way too formal for the prison environment. Are u sure they said service dress blues and not the blue coverall?? U can order from the navy nex website. I think its navynex.com. I am not sure of the locations for BOP I do know theyre all over and generally the ones available are the less favorable locations...Sorry hope that helps at least a little
  8. wtbcrna is right on the money! I am a new USPHS officer (as of Nov 1) and so far, everything is great! I attended OBC last month, and most everything is correct in what wtbcrna said. Deployments are usually less than 2 weeks, although there are some exceptions for people with "critical" skills. (Meaning people with skill sets that are very rare within the USPHS, like vets, etc.) The benefits are GREAT, like the GI bill, non taxed housing allowance, and healthcare benefits for you and your dependents. I like the flexibility in choosing my own assignments and going where I please, that is another advantage. There sign on bonus is correct, if you sign for 3 years you get 20,000, and 4 years is 25,000. Mind you, you do NOT have to stay at the same location. Also, there is no mandatory degree requirements for promotion, but of course at the higher ranks, higher education means you are more likely to get promoted, because it shows progression in your career. Promotion is NOT more competitive than in other services, it is actually way better. Nurses are promoted >85% I think it was stated during OBC, as long as you have met your time and education requirements. I currently work on an Army base, and Im pleased with my decision to join vs just taking a govt job.
  9. BSN317

    USPHS

    Congrats golden, Im awaiting my bonus now!!! Yikes, 1/3 is alot, I was thinking like 22-25%! Oh well. Good luck with OBC, youll do fine it isnt that big of a deal.
  10. BSN317

    USPHS

    I am going to send it off this week. I heard it doesnt take very long. You should see it on your Jan 1st check at the latest, according to other officers it only took them about a month and it came with their pay.
  11. BSN317

    USPHS

    Yeah, I just got back from OBC about a week ago..have mixed feelings about it! I heard about Glynco from other fellow officers, lol. Congrats on making it through. I also wish everyone well in their application process/current positions. Golden, have you applied for the nursing bonus yet?
  12. BSN317

    USPHS

    Yay, golden! I am happy for you. I am still awaiting security clearance, and Im scheduled to go to OBC on Nov 1 for 2 weeks. Then I start with DoD after I get back from training. Congrats! This is the only thing I am waiting on, but it isnt my fault. They never sent me the link until like 2-3 weeks ago so however it long it takes from then. My orders will be effective Oct 31.
  13. BSN317

    USPHS

    Congrats golden on passing your boards!!! YAY!!! Also, congrats rcjohnis on your new position in Tuscon! As for me, my orders have just been cut as well..but no security clearance yet. Backwards I know...I am getting frustrated about that too, because from my understanding, I am supposed to be waiting on the Equip email...but never got it! My CAM just called me last week and said my orders were done, and that he was scheduliing me to go to OBC in either October or November, as he wants me to go there first before starting my new job since its on an Army base and there arent any CC officers there (yet). Plus, he called me right before his vacation so go figure on that, I am just left hanging for a little while. Hopefully I can get the October slot and by then everything will be complete. Rcjohnis, you're correct it is a long and slow process, very very long and slow but hopefully it wil lbe worth it all in the end. I dont have to move since the base is right near my home so I kind of lucked out on that one. Well, keep me posted guys!
  14. BSN317

    USPHS

    Hello, sorry guys I have been out of the loop so to speak. To NursePamela: I interviewed with the Dod Mental Health Initiative, and was offered the job. I have only been a nurse for a year, but I did begin working in mental health and I still do so PRN...so I am guessing as long as you have a little psych experience, you should be fine. I decided to go with the position versus the DIHS position, I think I will like it more. I am in the process of getting my 1662 Call to Active duty completed. Also, I have to pass a security clearance. I am upset about this...what was the point of me sending in all the other security documents, fingerprints, etc??? Does any current active duty officer know how long this takes? Ughh so frustrating but I believe it will be worth it. I am looking forward to starting-I will be at Ft Benning, which is actually an Army base, and they are just starting the Mental health intiative there. I know its going to be weird wearing my PHS uniform while everyone else is in their Army uniform, I think I will stand out like a sore thumb! Anyways, if anyone has any questions, let me know. Good luck everyone in your endeavors. Congrats WanderingMinstral on school!
  15. BSN317

    USPHS

    Hello! Well, my job hunting is going great, actually. I interviewed with DIHS about a week ago and was offered the job. It is about a 35 minute commute from my home. I have to go through this LONG background check process so I dont know when my start date is. Also, I received a call for another interview with DODDS, working with the Mental Health Initiaive at a nearby Army base. This position is only 10 minutes from my home, so I am going to interview there too. Also...a side note! BEWARE about the sign on bonus!!!! IT IS NOT GUARANTEED TO YOU! My "recruiter" actually got me the 2nd interview by sending my resume. He also told me that the specific agenices are the ones who do the bonuses- not he USPHS. So, it is essentially up to the agency if they want to give you a bonus or not. You must talk about this at your interview. Also, nurses come in at minimum rank of 0-2. He told me that as well. Hope that helps!!! BTW, how are things coming for you?
  16. BSN317

    Telling a Client they have HIV

    I did state that we as RNs in this settingmust be trained on counseling and testing of clients for HIV. I have taken this course as it was required. In reference again to the MDs, Mex is right on target. Things work a little differently in public health than they do in the private sector. YES, there is an MD over this county, but I have only seen him once and he signed off on all the protocols I function under. A lot of my job is autonomous, and required a lot of training, classes, and check offs. This is a health department. You may consider it substandard; but to many this is all the care that they can receive. Minors can come to my clinic without the consent of their parent for STD related services; but due to the severity of this case, of course they will be involved at some point. But for testing purposes, no. I was only stating that this was the first patient of mine to come back HIV positive and I, along with others, have the responsibility to relay this information. I was just seeking a little advice. This is Georgia, and yes the client DID consent for HIV testing; I thought I stated that, but if not I am sorry. Yes, counseling will be available--when I referred to "back up for the counseling piece" that individual will be available as well. Furthermore, yes the health department does provide HIV meds under the Ryan White clinic. It is its own clinic devoted to the care of these clients. Of course, certain criteria must be met in order to qualify, but the resource is there...Yes of course the test will be repeated but we still must inform the client the first test did indeed come back reactive.