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PineappleCrush specializes in Medical/Surgical.

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    Navy Nurse being stationed on other branches' bases?

    My husband and I are both nurses and we tried to join the Navy Nurse Corps together but he was accepted and I wasn't (he's ICU, I'm Med/Surg and the Med/Surg board filled before they could even review my kit! But they will see me again next year until they accept me!!). What the recruiters/detailers were telling us was that they had a 50 mile radius that they HAVE to put you in. Us both being nurses is a little more simple than your situation, but I would think it would be somewhat similar. For example, they told us that one could get stationed at the San Diego Medical Center and the other could get stationed at Camp Pendleton. Not exactly what we would hope for, but the 50 mile radius thing was comforting that we wouldn't get stationed in completely separate states or something. No guarantees, though, you're here for the Navy (or whatever branch you choose to join), and your wife is there for the Air Force. Definitely check out joint bases and whatnot. My husband is stationed at Walter Reed in Bethesda and apparently they have Navy, Army AND Air Force nurses there, which I didn't know that they stationed Air Force there, but they do! One of the pluses of this area, though, is that there are literally a TON of bases in the area for every branch (definitely within 50 miles of each other), so perhaps Bethesda/D.C. might be an option you two could pursue? Good luck, though, and make sure you make BOTH of your detailers know what's going on!!! Things can very easily fall through the cracks if you're not vigilant and keeping up on your recruiters and detailers about your situation.
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    New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help?

    My husband and I are both nurses, but he got into the Navy Nurse Corps and I didn't (long story, but I'm trying again next boards! lol). He got stationed here in Bethesda and went through ODS in February and we've been living here ever since he graduated! 1.) We live in Rockville, which is fairly close to Bethesda, there is a Rockville Metro stop. According to my husband, there are a lot of coworkers that live in the Grosvernor/Strathmore area (another metro stop, the one just North of Medical Center where Walter Reed is), as well as White Flint and Twinbrook. Just a word of advice, though, each ODS class is different, but in my husband's class, there were only like 4 other people coming to Bethesda, so try not to get your hopes up for finding a roommate at ODS, just a warning! My husband had classmates going to Guam, Japan, Spain and even one went to Peru... haha. So everyone is going everywhere and are from all kinds of specialities. 3.) I can't really speak for on-the-unit camaraderie since I'm not IN the Navy or on his units or anything (although if you can't tell I live vicariously through him most of the time hehe), but him and his classmates at ODS were all very close at the end. It was really neat seeing them all at the little banquet dinner they had the night before graduation. So suffice it to say that you will make some really good friends at ODS, that's for sure!
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    New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help?

    My husband just started in the ICU at Walter Reed and he takes the Metro in to work; they DO NOT openly offer parking for employees at Walter Reed. My husband said they shared a statistic in one of the orientation classes: there are about 11,000 employees vying for 3,000 parking spots. Do the math :) There is a Metro stop on the RED line called "Medical Center" that stops literally across the street from the base. They will pay for ALL of your Metro fares if you choose this way, so I would highly suggest looking for housing/apartments near the metros! We live about 7 miles away from the base in Rockville, but it takes about 30 minutes (at the absolute fastest) to drive there because of traffic and all the lights on the road. One day I was driving there to go to the Navy Exchange (the store they have on base) and it took me 50 minutes because of construction. Oy. It only takes 13 minutes on the metro, but you also have to factor in walking time from the apartment and whatnot. My husband leaves here at 0550 in order to get to his unit, change into his scrubs and be ready for report by 0645, so that's really not that bad (IMHO). But to each their own! :)
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    Navy Nurse First Duty/ODS/Relocation 2013

    Just dropping in to provide a little goodie: I saw you guys posting about FB pages and whatnot. The Officer Development School in Newport, RI has a FB page that is AWESOME with all kinds of pictures and updates from current students going through the process. I nearly lived on that page when my husband went through ODS for nursing. Search "Officer Training Command Newport" and you'll find it :) Tell your family members to join, too! It's a great way for them to see what you're doing when you're gone.
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    New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help?

    Not particularly: Our first choice was San Diego because we live in Phoenix, Arizona so San Diego would have been a much closer move for us, but they had zero openings there. So our second choice was Bethesda, and they had openings! :) We're super excited either way, but knowing that he's going to be working at Walter Reed makes it like a dream come true in our books
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    Army spouse

    Yikes! My husband just got into the Navy as an ICU nurse (but I missed the Med-Surg cut off because there were too many applicants) and I was hoping to piggy-back onto his placement at Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD, but maybe that might be too much to hope for... I guess I'll find out when he graduates from ODS and we move out there in March! I wish it would be easier for us military spouses to find jobs!!
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    New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help?

    My husband is at ODS right now, and will be stationed at Walter Reed in March! He is an ICU nurse with 1.5 years civilian experience and he was offered either 20k for 3 years or 30k for 4 years. He took the 4 years :) Unfortunately I didn't make the Med-Surg boards this past round, so I'm just going to try to get an ICU job when we move to Bethesda and apply again as an ICU nurse. It kills me seeing him be in and me not, though! ha ha ha. Someday I'll get in... :***:
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    Name your favorite scrub top/pants!

    I like Koi (Katelyn Mock-Wrap) and their cargo pants and Wink because they have a great mesh inner-pocket that is perfect for your phone (and their cargo pants!). I can't get enough cargo pants... you can never have too many pockets!!
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    New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help?

    Thanks for the ODS clarification--I just wanted to make sure haha :) And yes, I have all of my letters, all my interviews and all of the background clearance and other paperwork done. Unfortunately with the holiday next week, I had to schedule my MEPS for Wednesday at the earliest, but at least now it's scheduled!! I can only hope that I make it in on time. I think my recruiter is kind of trying to lull me into reality, saying that *if* I get wait-listed (which I'm trying to prepare myself for...:uhoh21:), I guess they added 17 spots last year after they closed the billets? So she's hoping that will happen again, as am I!!!
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    Navy Nurse Corps Direct Accession FY 2013

    Hello, SailorWifey! I submitted my PPIS/NASIS and all the paperwork last week and FINALLY got clearance to go to MEPS on 9/5. Unfortunately I was caught up in paperwork mishaps with some of my medical history, but it's all saved now. I am REALLY hoping I make it in, just wish I could have gotten some of my medical records quicker! I guess I'm doing decently on timing, though, since I only started the application and talked to my recruiter in the last week of July. But still... I'm super nervous since I've heard it's so competitive!
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    New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help?

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone on this forum!! My boyfriend and I have both hit our 1 year nursing experience post-school and are applying for Direct Accession, him for ICU/Critical Care (that's what he's in now) and me for Med/Surg. We both have our PPIS and NASIS forms in and are waiting for medical clearance to do MEPS (oh the drama of medical histories). Our recruiter just happened to go on her honeymoon last week so we've been kind of in the dark. It seems like we're playing the "hurry-up-and-wait" game at the moment for MEPS and then hopefully onward! All of the questions and everything have been so helpful, thank you! And thank you to everyone who is responding!!! This might seem a silly question, but ODS is the five week training, correct? Not the twelve week one?
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    I am a new grad as well and left my first job after about 3 months. It was too toxic of an environment for me, my preceptor spent more time talking on the phone or leaving the floor than mentoring me, I then precepted with four other people making it very hard to actually get a solid routine down, and then after a mere 5 weeks on orientation on the Progressive Care Unit I was in, in an inner-city hospital of 600+ beds, they wanted me off orientation and wouldn't give me any extra time on orientation due to budget constraints. I was just like you, crying on my way to work, crying on the way home from work, crying DURING work.... It was awful. Management seemed sympathetic on the outside, but they essentially told me to suck it up or leave and "step down" to Med/Surg. And so I left. I'm now on a Med/Surg unit at a different hospital but still within the same organization and it is better. The people at my new job understand that my time was hard at my old place and they try to help me as much as possible. It's hard because the unit is super busy with rapid discharges and admits, but they help when they can. It's important to find a place that has that kind of attitude. I still cry sometimes because I can just get emotional when I get overwhelmed (because I still do get overwhelmed, and probably will for the next year or so) and the management is very concerned when this happens. It's a sign of a good place. You'll find your place. Be open about your experience and talk about how things should be better, and how you would work to help make things better in your future jobs :) There is still a lack of empathy from "higher ups" concerning stress levels, sick leave and all that kind of stuff, but that all boils down to money, unfortunately, and I've quickly found that money is EVERYTHING in healthcare. Its depressing and hard to deal with sometimes. On a random side note, I had a patient who was going to be discharged with a PICC line, but the PICC nurse was near the end of her shift and apparently management had been getting on her case about staying late, so instead of doing the PICC line and staying a little over her time, management told her to leave and do it tomorrow so the patient got needlessly charged for an extra night's stay because they didn't want to pay the PICC nurse a little overtime. Sad.
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    Where are all the young nurses?

    speaking as a new grad myself (graduated in august 2011, started work in october 2011), i can definitely vouch that school does not give us any heads up as to what "real world" nursing is really like. i graduated from a bsn program so it felt like half the time we were writing papers during school. and then in our last semester we spent nine shifts in our "immersion" where we were to take on a full patient load and do everything on our own, even calling docs where appropriate. but even that was nothing compared to what "real world" nursing is. it was a bit of an abrupt/rude awakening for me, that is for sure. call me naive, but i honestly did not realize how positively stressful nursing is (or at least on the med/surg unit that i am on!). and maybe it's just one of those things that i need to get used to as a new grad, like getting a good routine down and just getting used to environment, but i can definitely see why some new grads choose to leave the profession quickly. i already know that as much as i love the job, i don't see myself doing hospital bedside nursing in 10 years. i just don't want to live with all that constant stress. then again, this could just be something that i still need adjust to and i could wind up doing bedside nursing for 30+ years. tl;dr it's just that for now, still in my i still go in--everyday--and i don't plan on quitting any time soon (although there are those days!!); it's just the picture of nursing that school painted was very, very different than what it really is. that could be part of the problem.
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    Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony

    That's really neat that the Juniors plan the Senior's pinning ceremony! That's kind of a cool tradition for your school. Reminds me of Juniors planning Senior Prom in high school
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    Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony

    in error, see comment below :)
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    Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony

    Oh, wow! Pinning is still a very big thing for us! I just graduated from Arizona State University's BSN program (class of 60 students) last August and our pinning was part of the graduation ceremony. ASU has two ceremonies: Commencement with the whole university and the star-speaker (blah, blah, blah). Half the time a ton of people don't bother with that because it's for the entire university, so the ceremony is HUGE, only doctoral candidates walk across the stage, etc., so you're literally just sitting there for like three hours listening to speeches. Boring. But Convocation is where the individual colleges do their own ceremonies and have class speakers, etc. In Convocation, we elect our class speaker, a couple of the deans do their own talking, they call the names of the students, we walk across the stage in our cap and gown, get pinned by a faculty member that we voted on, shake hands with the dean, and then get handed our diploma cover. So they just do it all in one go for us, which keeps the tradition alive, but not in it's own separate ceremony, which has always worked for us. The "pinning" simply consists of us putting the pin that we got at the Lighting of the Lamp ceremony at the beginning of the program on a long ribbon that we hand to the faculty of choice and they put it on us like a necklace. Not exactly a pinning, but it saves time lol. It works really well for us to just have the pinning be part of the graduation ceremony.

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