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    Navy Nurse Life/Military Nurse

    As a Navy Nurse, your an Officer first, nurse second, but that does not mean you don't practice at the bedside. As a junior officer, your main job is to excel at being a nurse, whether at the bedside or in the clinic. You will be training Corpsman how to take care of patients, administer medications, as well as teaching new Navy nurses how to be a nurse overtime. As you become more senior in rank, such as a senior O3, then you will need to choose how you will continue your career. Senior Navy Nurses such as O4-O6 can be clinicians (advance practice) and still be in direct patient care, but as one progresses O5, O6 there will be less direct patient care and more management duties. Whether a commanding officer of a hospital, or officer in charge of a clinic, you still make time to maintain your credentials. - clinician -> choose NP, CRNA, CNS, periop nurse programs (on the Navy's dime, your job will be a student) - management -> work as a Division Officer "nurse manager", progress to department head, or out of the field such as department head of staff education and training, in charge of command sexual assault programs, command alcohol programs, etc - research -> PhD program (on the Navy's dime, your job will be a student) As for travel, depends on your specialty. Critical care (ICU/ER) gets deployed more frequently, in my almost 10 years in, been deployed 3 times. Done things I could have never imagined as a civilian nurse... You also can deploy on the hospital ship the Comfort or Mercy in support of humanitarian crisis or missions. May also take care of enemy combatants if deployed into a war zone. You will provide the best care you can to them, and local nationals, as you are a representative of the USA. The Navy is short on ICU nurses and OR nurses, and provided bonuses up to $20,000/year after your accession bonus commitment is done. Some of the benefits of being in include free health insurance, great pay with big jumps with promotions, 30 days of vacation a year, able to go to school with full salary and benefits, potential to retire at 20 years with lifetime of health insurance and retirement pay, Post 9/11 bill that can be used for yourself or passed on to spouse or children, free air travel (hard to take advantage of), and represent the USA. Some of the hardships include moving every 2-3 years, deploying for 6-8months at a time, not always doing just nursing, working 40+ hours a week, not fully in control of your career (needs of the Navy come first) and family hardships (loss of social networks upon moving). Hope this helps.
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    FY 19 Navy Nursing

    see website below https://www.med.navy.mil/bumed/Special_Pay/Documents/FY19 Special Pay Plans/Special Pays Briefing Card_181214.pdf and a word doc going into specifics https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&ved=2ahUKEwihiordkd3iAhUPUt8KHbO5D4kQFjAKegQIABAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.med.navy.mil%2Fbumed%2FSpecial_Pay%2FDocuments%2FFY19%20Special%20Pay%20Plans%2FFY19%20NURSE%20CORPS%20SPECIAL%20PAY%20GUIDANCE%20(14Dec18).docx&usg=AOvVaw2j59ftxhfKfeYuZ1Or43MD
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    I need help making this decision and its urgent!

    Jfrantian, I was taking a salary of $150,000 at ~30% tax bracket. 150,000 * 30% = 45,000 in federal taxes, not including state tax. $105,000 not including state taxes, health, dental or liability insurance. $105,000/12 = $8,750/month, again without the above deductions, nor with any perks with military service. My current take home as a SRNA is $8100/month. Military is great for the experience, the benefits, retirement, deploying, and taking care of America's 1%. Cheers
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    Nurse Candidate Program

    NO ADNs at all, the Army was the last one to have ADNs in reserve, and from my knowledge has transitioned to an all BSN force as the Air Force and Navy has. If you have the chance, the military is one of the best choices you can make, especially if your desire is for further education as CRNA, FNP, CNS, PhD. The experiences are worth it. Great calculator for pay, type in rank, years of service, and zip code. ~20-50% of your pay is not taxed, depending on rank and location. Higher rank = more taxes. O-1 is <2yrs of service O-2 is 2yrs O-3 is 4yrs O-4 is 10yrs O-5 is 16-17yrs O-6 is 23-24yrs https://militarypay.defense.gov/Calculators/RMC-Calculator/
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    I need help making this decision and its urgent!

    Complete BS to take the ASVAB, you do not need to take that, as previously mentioned, that is for enlistment to determine what jobs you have the "smarts" for. I would recommend active duty over civilian, the experiences regardless of the branch joined is priceless, and includes training for almost anything imaginable. You can also retire in 20 years if you make all the promotions! The pay is not bad either, make as much as a CRNA with a BSN around 8-10 years depending on location. The services will also train you to be a CRNA, FNP, CNS, or PhD, and a leader. I could never have imagined the experiences and travel to the places I have been to, if I would have stayed as a civilian. The comraderee in the military is awesome too, bump into folks who you can make instant connections with, shared experiences, and best of all, taking care of our men and women in uniform. Again, slam the door on the enlisted recruiter, obviously doesnt know what they're talking about, and head to a medical recruiter... Air Force https://www.airforce.com/careers/specialty-careers/healthcare/careers/nurse Navy https://www.navy.com/careers/nursing Army https://www.goarmy.com/amedd/nurse.html
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    GPA and GRE that you were accepted with?

    GPA 3.3 overall, GRE 318 - M=157, V=161, writing 4.5
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    US Navy Nurse Corps Info??

    Navy doesn't really utilize flight nurses. Two duty stations currently, one in Diego Garcia and somewhere in the midwest (desk work). The Navy uses en route care nurses (helicopter) for transporting injured patients from location (ship, small operating base) to larger deployed or fixed hospital. When it comes to certs, the only ones that make a difference that I am aware of, are certs in your speciality, IE CCRN. BLS is expected of everyone, ACLS/PALS depending on where assigned, TNCC just for fun (these the military provides the training for, plus switching to Red Cross right now).
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    Navy Nurse Corps Question: OR nursing

    I'm an active duty RN in the Navy, current job is a student for another 2.25 years. All 3 branches have recently cut their nurse corps due to military medicine wide cuts. That is not to say that the military is not recruiting, always upward mobility, as my senior folks are required to retire if they do not pick up a rank, mandatory age retirement, or max time in service for rank. The military needs OR, CRNA, ICU/ER, APRNs, and med-surg nurses that are deployable. Expect to deploy at least once every 3 years(per duty station) for at least 6-9 months, unless the President pulls us out of these conflicts. Regarding rank, if your goal is to retire (20 years of service), starting out at the lowest rank (ensign) will be beneficial, and provide 4 years till the rank of Lieutenant for you to learn the ropes. The military credits 2 years for a masters degree, 4 years of a DNP/PhD, and time of experience with a BSN or higher divided by 2. So if you have 10 years of experience would be credited with 5 years of service for rank only (does not count toward pay or toward retirement). With that being said, higher rank = higher pay, but also greater responsibility which you will be evaluated on for promotion. If you come in as a Lieutenant, you will be graded against others who know how the military system works and what is expected, what to do to earn higher marks and such. Which is why I would recommend starting as an Ensign first (not much is expected of you at this point, but to focus on clinical skills. At the rank of Lieutenant, you are expected to start doing administration roles, such as DIVO "nurse manager", and doing collaterals (teaching ACLS, BLS, etc, infection control tracking, and such). Right now the current duty stations for the Navy in Bethesda, MD; Portsmouth, VA; San Diego, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Camp Pendleton, CA; Camp Lejune, NC; Bremerton, WA; Okinawa Japan; Yokuska Japan; Guam, USA; Naples Italy; Sigonella Italy; Bahrain; Rota Spain. Not an inclusive list, but the ability to go to each one is dependent on open billets and need for your billet (job). To make matters more confusing, all of the East coast this year is falling under the Defense Health Association (DHA), West coast 2020, and world 2021. What does that mean for Navy? I don't fully know yet, but it seems that each hospital will be tri-service, though for deployments you will be utilized by individual branches. If your goal is to go into anaesthesia, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist, the military will pay full salary and benefits to be a student for 3 years (can apply at the end of your second duty station or ~6 years from entry).
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    Time to move on

    I would work on your GPA, getting into the military is very selective, you are in competition against 100s of applicants for a few spots. Recently the military has significantly cut the nurse corps in each of the branches, making them more selective. Find ways to stand out, GPA, experience, certifications, etc. In the military you are not just a nurse, your an Officer first, nurse second. If it is something you dream of, then it is worth the journey, the experiences one gets in the military are boundless. It has been one of the best choices of my life.
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    I want to join the US Navy as a Nurse

    I am a LT (lieutenant/O3) in the Navy for background purposes. The Navy has the best medicine/hospitals out of the 3 branches, and also the best duty stations and uniforms! Your biggest hurdle is your weight, if you don't fit standards, the Navy is not going to invest/waste their time/resources on you (unless your a MD). Physical Readiness Testing (twice a year) are becoming more important in the Nurse Corps, with an excellent result being the minimal desired. If you achieve less than an excellent result, it looks bad for promotion boards and for applying for higher education. If you fail to pass the weigh in, you will be processed out. The Navy is extremely competitive to get into right now, and their cutting back on paying for school. Why pay for school and a small monthly stipend, when they can pay 20-30k signon for an experienced nurse? When i entered the Navy 3 years ago, there was a 6% chance of being accepted. With that being said, the Navy has been a wonderful experience, camaraderie with your peers, ability to mold corpsman (medics or LVN equivalent on civilian side), the pay is fantastic, and the ability to serve your country/support the war effort. In the Navy, your not just a RN, but your first and foremost an Officer. As an Ensign and Lieutenant Junior Grade (O1/O2) your focus will be on nursing, but after that you will need to progress in leadership positions, otherwise you will fail to promote to Lieutenant Commander (O4). Higher ranks require that you be in leadership positions such as: division officer (nurse manager), department head, etc. You will not be able to stay as a clinical nurse for a career. Navy Officer Development School (ODS) is the boot camp for Staff Corps (MD, RN, Chaplains, Lawyers, PA, etc) it is a 5 week ordeal, and basically a walk in the park. You will PT 6 days a week, classes the rest of the day, and be yelled at for only 1 day, unless your class messes up. As for weight loss, if you want to loss weight and keep it off without too much effort. I recommend a Vegan diet with minimal processed food. The weight should melt off, as most vegan food is not calorie dense.
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    FY 2011 for Navy Nurse Corps

    The navy is not accepting nurse applications currently, until fiscal year 2012 which starts October 2011. Usually can start applying with the recruiter in June or July. I was blessed to be selected for active duty, 1 out of 79 slots, over 700 applicants. I'm currently halfway through ODS(Bootcamp), I had 1 year experience prior to applying. There are 6 Rn's in my class, with 2 having no prior experience. The rest have less then 1 year experience. If your looking to have loans paid for don't do the military route, your wasting got time and the military's. Join because you want to serve. Do things to make you stand out if you want to join. Join a med-surg association, get your ACLS, etc. Get all te info you need now so your packet will be ready come October 2011
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    ODS Questions

    Wow 3 miles... I can do 2 currently at 8.5 mph, but not 3. How fast do u have to run? Again thanks for all this information it is helpful.
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    ODS Questions

    Thanks for the reply, so ur saying we never Get to use our cellphones except weekend? What is a typical day like? Do you get time to read or allowed togoto church on Sunday? How much money should I bring? Credit card/ debit okay?
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    ODS Questions

    I start ODS for the Navy on April 10th-May 13th. What should I know, bring, study, rules? Im excited yet nervous about starting my military career. Any suggestions would be helpful. Also is the reception the night before graduation formal or casual? Thanks!
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    What to Expect at ODS?

    I took the oath of office on 2/15, and now am officially property of the USN. What should I expect when I arrive 4/10/11 in Rhode Island? What can I do to prepare myself for ODS? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also I plan on being a "lifer", what are my chances of attending medical school as my "job" in the Navy? Am I able to attend school part time while being active duty? I have a few required courses to take for future med school hopefully. Thanks, cant wait to start serving our young brave marines and sailors!
  16. I just found out I was accepted into the Navy as an active duty nurse. I commission in January and goto ODS in March. Will the Navy pay for me to goto medical school while active duty after 4yrs? As they will pay for CRNA and FNP as an active duty nurse? Any help would be appreciated, thank you. Looking forward to serving our country!

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