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I am currently stationed in Afghanistan with the US Army. I have been here since May and am so looking forward to going home in March.

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  1. gabirder

    Is nursing a sick , petty , vindictive world?

    Nursing in itself is not a sick, petty or vindictive world. Sometimes you may encounter people who have those attributes, but that is true of any career. Best of luck to you.
  2. gabirder

    Army Nursing

    maestro - Yes the Army will pay for you to continue your education, and you get paid while you do it. There is tuition assistance and other things. As for advanced degress the army has one of the best CRNA programs around. It requires at least 1 year critical care exp, although you can substitute ED exp. From what I have been reading it is almost never full. It is a 33 month program with most if not all in San Antonio. (Great city by the way and close to South Padre Island. - but thats just a perk). Once you are CRNA you owe them 4.5 years. You also get a yearly bonus on top of your pay and allowances. This may be true for RNs also - esp critical care. btw once you are in the military Brenau University has an online RN to BSN program that you can complete in as little as a year, and since you would be military the cost is $245 or $285 per credit hour. This may sound like a lot, but is much cheaper than many other schools. tthor - Yes some if not all of your time with the VA should count towards federal retirement. And your wife would be covered once you went to San Antonio for your nurses course. I think it is 8 wks, but not sure about that. It is not at all like basic training. It is a "gentleman's course". And again it is in San Antonio. Can you tell I love that place? BAMC the hospital there at Ft Sam is state of the art. It has one of the best burn centers in the world. Best of luck to you both. It is a decision that should require a lot of thought. Know this too, when you deploy to a war zone you will most often work in a CSH and will see many soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that have the most devistating of injuries. PTSD is a very real thing and there is a high prevalence of it with military medical professionals. We see a lot and try as you might it is impossible to forget the 19 yo engaged marine that has had a traumatic double amputation of both lower extremeties or the 33 yo father/husband whose hand you hold as he takes his last breath and all he can say is please tell my family I love them. I love the time I have spent in the Army and would not trade it for anything in this world, but I have had enough. I have reached my limit. I am finished as soon as I return from Trashcanistan in March. As nurses we are naturally caring and comforting. It does get to be too much at times. We make the most of it though. We laugh and cry together. We see pain and suffereing yes, but we also bring great comfort to those who are hurting. Sorry, not trying to scare you off, just want you to be prepared. God bless. Please let me know how things go. :usarm: Carl
  3. gabirder

    Taking the boards before working

    If you have the opportunity to work before taking boards then take it. The experinece you gain on the floor may help you on the boards. It did me. I had a couple of questions that my experiences help me to understand more fully. I used Saunders to study in my off time - a few questions when I could. The hospital in which I work also had a great orientation program so I learned a lot there too. Best of luck to you.
  4. gabirder

    Student Nurse Heart Concern

    You most definitely need a second opinion. Make sure you tell the cardiologist that it occurs when you are excited. Maybe you need to do a stress test to see if you can make the same thing happen. But definitely get it checked again.
  5. gabirder

    Army Nursing

    It is not a bad life. The deployments suck at times, esp being away from family, but the rewards are substantial. I saw where you wanted to fly in a chopper. It has been my exp that most med-evac choppers are manned by medics and not nurses. There could be times that you would fly, but it would be rare. The best "flight" job for a nurse is with the Air Force - fixed wing. These are the birds that fly wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines from a CSH to a higher level of care in Germany or back to the states. The only problem there is the Air Force only takes BSN and active duty Army only takes BSN. Now if you go reserve Army you can commission as a 2LT with a ADN and go on to get your BSN. Once you get your BSN you can go from reserve components to active duty with the permission of your commander. It is normally done with no problems. I can tell you that the exp you get in the Army will make your resume all the more impressive. Best of luck to you. (I am currently deployed in Afghanistan.) :usarm:
  6. gabirder

    nurse pen pal

    Hello Paul. I am a nurse in Georgia, USA, but am currently in Afghanistan with the Army. Best of luck to you. I look forward to corresponding with you. Carl
  7. gabirder

    License endorsement from NY to GA

    Check out sos.georgia.gov/plb/m Endorsement is $60. To what part of Georgia are you moving?
  8. gabirder

    Nursing School Assistance

    I took the NAT, at least that is what I think it was called. It had several sections: math, reading comp, a couple of science sections, spelling (yeah I said spelling - and it was my hardest). As far as study guides go, I am sure there are some, but do not know for sure. I took the test to see how I would do before I bought a study guide, and did well enough to not have to retake, but I had a science and math background, and that is a large portion of the test.
  9. gabirder

    Nursing School Assistance

    You will make much less money as an LPN than an RN with many of the same responsibilities. I would suggest going the RN route. Most of those programs will take two years. I was blessed with the ability to work full-time and go to school full-time. Not everyone can do that in the nursing program. I had to work a varied schedule, but with my position, that was doable. If you desire to go RN, but have to go LPN, then you can always bridge. The only problem with that is the limited number of seats for most bridge programs. There was an LPN in my nursing classes that wnet through the regular RN program b/c it was faster than going LPN to RN, but this was in Jacksonville so there may be more programs down where you are. It is something to think about though. Whatever you decided, best of luck to you. Nursing can be both uplifting and draining, but rarely is it boring, although those days are longed for at times.
  10. gabirder

    Nursing School Assistance

    I say GO for it. I was a senior level chemist with the Florida Department of Health in Jacksonville when I decided to go to nursing school. I was 35 years old, married with three children. My wife was supportive or it could not have happened. I am so very happy I had the courage to make this change. As much as I enjoyed being a chemist, I love being a nurse. Take the pre-nursing courses you are missing and go from there. I got my degree from Florida Community College in Jacksonville. It is an ADN, but I am currently working on my BSN. I went the ADN route because I could get the degree in 15 months. I took a bit of a pay cut, but am very happy. For me the career change was more than worth it.