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  1. utamaverick I actually am not prior enlisted. I also was a (relatively) new grad and came in as an Ensign. I am probably a little older than the average new nurse coming in, so this is my second career. I have extensive experience in management and had owned my own business before going back to to school for nursing, so I seemed to relate very well to the ideas the Navy lays out, in theory anyway, of how junior officers and senor enlisted work together. You will hear a lot of how the senior enlisted are the backbone of the Navy. They are the people who have worked their way up through the ranks and have usually a minimum of 10 or so years before they can be eligible to sit for the test to become a Chief, or E7 and 16 years for Senior Chief. They have a tremendous amount of knowledge in the area they are trained in and have taken on the additional responsibilities of leading the enlisted ranks under them. So they do function on a much higher level than a civilian counterpart in that respect, but as with anything, you can have good Chiefs and not so good Chiefs who are just wanting for their 20 years. Again, working in a hospital is quite different than working out in the fleet. There are probably prior enlisted on this site that can give more input as to how a successful working relationship is built between the Divo (division officer) and the Chief or Senior Chief. I can tell you, though, that as an officer you are always watched, not just by your chain of command, but also by the enlisted. I had a Seaman Recruit just yesterday comment on the fact that he was impressed seeing an officer who kept her boots shined to come in for a work day, not just for inspections. You are the standard that the enlisted see, and believe me, there are Chiefs who love to catch new Ensigns not squared away! So as a junior officer, you have several things you are working on. Once you get to your duty station, refining your clinical skills now becomes a priority. That is the basis for how you can steer your career as a nurse in the Navy. As you are placed in a section within the hospital, you will work a lot with corpsmen, and many times also medics from the Army, as the integration of the military gears up. Delegation works the same as civilian hospitals. They have a scope of practice they can work within, and it can range from some of them who work more administratively to corpsmen who function almost at a PA level. Your level of responsibility is what you make it, but always be aware you don't want to be that nurse who cant say no and ends up getting nothing done because they take on too much in their eagerness to make a good impression. These are just my observations and how I am choosing to have a working relationship with a wide range of people. I take my commitment to the Navy very seriously, from making sure my uniform and hair are squared away before I leave in the morning, to being within regs for weight and the passing the physical fitness tests. If the sailors and marines under me have to, there is no excuse for me not to. The scope of leadership you take on is dependent on your maturity level and what you feel you can realistically accomplish while getting your clinical experience, as well as what your chain of command sees in you. Again, I am sure there are those with more naval experience than myself who could give real and practical advice on leadership roles. Cheers.
  2. I have only been a Navy Nurse for a short period of time, but I can offer my observations. Ultimately, especially if you come in as a junior officer (01-03), they are looking for nurses who can be strong leaders. Junior officers work in conjunction with the senior enlisted (Chiefs and Senior Chiefs) as the middle layer between the enlisted and the upper chain of command. This was one of the main things they tried to impress upon us at ODS. First and foremost, your job is taking care of the sailors that you will be leading eventually as a division leader. The hospital setting obviously is a little different than other places in the fleet, but you will be working with corpsmen and taking care of sailors and their families. Even if you come in with limited or no experience, you are already licensed and the Navy can train you and expand your clinical skills for whatever their needs are. But leaders are much more difficult to cultivate and train. I in no way want to diminish any civilian experience nurses may bring into the Navy, but I believe they consider many different elements, other than clinical skill, when looking at packages. Obviously it is difficult to say what the boards are looking at when reviewing packages, but I would review what activities I am involved with and see what would make me stand out as a leader, someone who shows initiative and can be trusted with the responsibility of caring for sailors. And someone who does not make excuses for anything that happens to them or anything that happens on their watch. Just my opinion, for what it may be worth. Cheers.
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    New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help?

    Men don't have to shave their head for ODS, but it will have to be within regs. Your Chief will definately let you know if he/she thinks your hair is too long!
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    New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help?

    Sw88tpea: Thanks for the info. I leave for ODS on Saturday, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous! That said, I am also very excited! I am trying to arrange my HHG transfer (wanted a pickup date of yesterday, but didn't happen), so my family will now have to help me facilitate the pickup. Is the first day or so appropriate to communicate that I am still dealing with the HHG move? My sponsor at Bethesda knows its not happening before I leave now. Did you fly into Newport? My other question is do you know when I make sure my return ticket is issued because I only have the flight details going out to Newport.
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    New Navy NCP Selectee Looking for others!

    Congratulations HM2Doc!
  6. CynRN11

    New Navy NCP Selectee Looking for others!

    BruniMite: I will be stationed in Bethesda beginning in May. That was my thought also as a reletively new grad...I am grateful for any training and support they want to give me. I started in an OR right out of school and was thrown to the wolves! I am totally cool with 25 weeks of training, although I can understand how it would be frustrating to a nurse with more experience.
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    April 2012 ODS?

    Sw88t Pea Congratulations to you also! I am a recent graduate (May 2011). I took the summer off and traveled a bit, and then got a job as a circulating nurse in an OR. My last day is actually this Friday as I am also going home to spend some time with kids and family. I have really enjoyed the OR and although I am going in as a general nurse, I would like to see what the Navy provides for training in perioperative. I am really open to almost anything-except Psych! :) I know psych nurses are needed, so more power to you there! I have had some more non-traditional experience doing medical escorting for a cruise line when employees are injured and have to disembark, but that was only on call, as needed. However, this was how I got my first exposure to the marine lifestyle...love it!
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    April 2012 ODS?

    Hello Everyone I have been following threads relating to the Navy Nurse Corps for several months. I was pro-rec'ed in November and I found out last week all my paperwork has been completed. I had the good fortune to speak with the detailer the next day. I will be going to ODS 15April and reporting to Bethesda after that. As I began this process almost 2 years ago, you can imagine my relief is only matched by the excitement of beginning this new journey. I am just curious if anyone else will be in this class, or stationed in Bethesda. I am a true newbie to the military-no previous experience and no family tradition-so any advice or comments are most welcome. Thank you for any replies. Cyn
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