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  1. Navymurse

    What is it like to be a Navy Nurse?

    I would say that a 3.87 is a high enough gpa to be competitive. The site for the program is: Nurse Candidate Program As a Navy Nurse you will most often be on a base. Shipboard billets are highly competitive and coveted, reserved typically for people who have at least several years of nursing experience under their belts. You can get to shipboard nursing but it will take time. There are opening for the USNS Comfort/Mercy which is are hospital ships that perform humanitarian missions in foreign countries. As you can imagine many many people want to be a part of these humanitarian missions (Haiti for example). There is also deployments to many world wide locations available. You may be able to get to the Naval Hospital of your choice. I was able to get my top pick. But many times it will be needs of the Navy. The detailer works with you to get what the Navy needs, what you would like, and what would be most beneficial to your career. The job is similar to civilian nursing in many ways, but also different in many other ways. Some departments wear uniforms and some wear scrubs. Many new nurses start on either L&D or Med-Surg, depending on the command. We have Corpsmen (HMs) assigned to us who operate at the level of LVN/LPN depending on their abilities and level of training. We mentor the Corpsmen to improve their knowledge and skills. We are also responsible for additional duties/committees such as scheduling, training, ect. We maintain physical fitness and prescribe to Naval Customs and Courtesy. I personally love my work and the teamwork we have on my floor. Nurses will cover each others patients if that patient's nurse is busy with another patient. Sorry it took me several days to respond.
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    What is it like to be a Navy Nurse?

    It is a very competitive process to get accepted into the Nurse Candidate Program or Accession programs. High GPAs are extremely beneficial. I would strongly encourage you to speak with a Navy Officer Recruiter. If there is a local navy medical facility they also may be able to assist you and show you the ropes. While the site is down at this time I would recommend searching for Navy Nurse Candidate Program. There are also people on this site who recently applied/accepted and may have information that worked for them if you contact them. I love being a Navy Nurse. Taking care of our nations heros and their families I consider to be a great honor. As a Navy Nurse we spend most of our time training the HMs (Hospital Corpsmen). These young sailors go out into the field or on ships and are the true lifesavers of Navy and Marine Corps. There are travel opportunities (deployments) and many programs to further your education. If you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them.
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    Happy med/surg nurses week

    Hope all had a happy Med/Surg Nurse week.
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    Joining a navy and doing nursing- will it help?

    The Navy will accept Nursing students in BSN programs. The program however, is highly competitive. You would be commissioned as an Ensign at a base pay rate of about $2900/month, after graduation. On top of the $2900 dollars you will also receive a housing allowance (depends on area but mine is around $1400/month), and other allowances. There is ample training opportunities and programs for furthering your education (up to doctorate programs). (From Website)For the Nurse Candidate Program (NCP), you can get an initial grant of $10,000, plus a stipend of $1,000 per month for up to 24 months. That’s up to $34,000 to help pay your way through nursing school Nurse Candidate Program
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    Deployment in Nurse Corps

    It will depend upon the command you are attached to and the experience you have. But I have seen new nurses with about a year of experience deploy. Some specialties will deploy more often such as ICU, however I have seen numerous deployments from every department to include the clinics and Maternity units. You may or may not have much choice as to the place you are deployed to.
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    Curious female here! :)

    If you had told me 10 years ago I would be a Nurse I would have laughed and said you had too much to drink. I'm in the Navy and have been for over a decade. I was also a submariner who worked on the reactor systems. Actually my first Bachelors is in Nuclear Engineering. I remember sitting in a waiting room for an appointment at and reading a story in the Navy Medicine journal about a the USS Comfort (hospital ship) and some of the wonderful things they were doing to help people in desolate conditions lead a healthy and fully functional life. I thought to myself that nothing I had done in my life could compare to even one of those acts that I read about. I started taking prereq's and applying to a program in the Navy that would let me go to college and study Nursing. The second year I submitted for the program I was picked up. I completed Nursing school and am now at my first Nursing job as a LDRP Nurse. I would have never saw myself here but I am loving every minute of it and would not change anything. I'm encouraging all the enlisted members I can to apply for these programs and become RN's.