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Gonavy has 18 years experience and specializes in CCRN, TNCC, CEN, CFN, CNOR, CMSRN.

US Navy Reserves, 17 years

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  1. Gonavy

    Info on becoming a Navy nurse

    Hailey, To answer your questions; 1. You will not need to take the ASVAB. The test is administered to only those who are looking to enlist in the service. You're going to apply with a college degree so you'd be looking for a commission in the service. A commission means you'll be an officer so the ASVAB is not required. 2. It is possible to request a specialty area as a new nurse but most likely the Navy, or Air Force/Army, will require you to do a year on a medical surgical floor first. Also known as medsurg floors. I'd guess about 90% of the time new nurses are assigned to medsurg floors for about a year before they can apply for a specialty area. 3. The Navy does not care where you go to nursing school as long as you earn a bachelors degree and pass your state nursing boards. Doesn't matter which state, the Navy will accept it. Any four year program from any college is acceptable. There's a whole lot of info on these boards that will address any questions you have. Just look for any topic that's similar to yours. Hope this helps and good luck. Frank
  2. Gonavy

    corpsman vs cross train

    When you graduate from Corps school you'd be know as a quad-zero corpsman. They call it that because your code would be 0000. Without a C school you won't have a code. I believe the term is NEC, Navy Enlisted Code. For example, if your C school was field medicine your code would be 8404. If it was radiology tech it would be some other four digit code, an OR tech would have another different four digit code. Quad zero corpsman work just about anywhere in the medical field. Since you don't have a specialty (an NEC) you could be helping out in any medical setting from an ambulatory clinic, to a floor on a hospital, to anywhere they'd like to put you that helps out navy medicine. No specific place since you have no specific code. I agree with sycamorestudent. I'm a former corpsman and I've been navy nurse corps for 17 years, reserve component. There's one thing that always seems to be true; former corpsman make the best nurses. You'll have a leg up on anyone new to nursing who commissioned right out of school. Good luck.
  3. I'm afraid I can't give you any solid answers. I know these programs exist but not how to qualify or what their eligibility requirements are. In my case I didn't use either. I graduated and then contacted the Navy. Maybe Mslecia can give you some idea of what's required. My advice we still be to contact a health care recruiter in your area. They are up to speed on all the programs available, what the requirements are, and how to apply. Health care recruiters recruit only Doctors and Nurses and they are more than willing to meet you on campus. I used to know a Navy health care recruiter and he traveled to nursing schools all throughout his region.
  4. Mslecia is correct however the term NROTC is usually used when training for the Navy. Another option is the Navy Nurse Candidate Program. A health care recruiter would be the first place to start.
  5. Gonavy

    Specialty units---Navy

    OR is definetly something you could do. They're constantly trying to get RNs to sign up for OR training. Seems there's always a shortage, at least on the Navy side. PACU and cath lab would be harder simply because the PACU and cath lab are desirable places to work. They won't even consider you for either unless you have ICU experience. I'm sure there are exceptions but that's what I've seen.
  6. Gonavy

    Navy Reserve & Promotions...

    Promotion on the reserve side is the same as it is on the active duty side only the two don't compete against each other. Meaning at promotion time reservists are compared to other reservists while active duty compete with only other active duty. Weekend duty, or drill (also know as IDT), in a medical unit envloves taking care of the Sailors, and most likely Marines, in other units. Seeing to their immunizations, physicals, anything they might need medical wise to keep them at 100% deployable. Reserve centers will have a dedicated area called sickbay where doctors, nurses, and corpsman spend their time seeing to all the needs I mentioned above. My unit takes care of about 300 sailors and marines who drill out of our reserve center. Other branches, Air Force & Army, do the same thing on their drill weekends. Best of luck. Frank Navy Nurse Corps reserves x 16 years.
  7. Gonavy

    Best Reserves for FNP?

    I'm not a practitioner however I serve in the Navy reserves with two, both are FNPs. As far as benefits go they will be pretty much the same from one branch to another. National Guard may differ a bit since they're considered State rather than Federal. The weekend pay and the pay for your two weeks will be identical regardless of which branch you choose. Your pay is based on rank. I know on the Navy side they're always looking for NPs howerver these days deployments have been pretty much voluntary. With Iraq out of the picture and Afghanistan winding down it would be a rarity that you would be told to deploy vs. volunteering. State side I know there are always opportunities for NPs however these are voluntary too. Plus since you'd be new to the reserves or guard you really wouldn't be deployable for at least a year. There are a lot of things you'd need to learn first. At least that's how it is on the Navy side. Civilian employeers are very supportive of the reserves. Mainly becuase at any given hospital there are lots of Docs and Nurses who serve in reserves or guard. I've never heard anyone say they had trouble with their employer due to a mobilization. As far as rank you'd probably be comissioned as an O-3, pronounced OH 3. Your experinnce as a nurse plus you practitioner status would warrant the higher rank. They do this because medical is medical. Civlian hospital or military hospital it's all the same - a patient is a patient, so they give higher rank to those who join with more experience. Someone fresh out of nursing school would come in as an O-1. The Navy rank sturcture is different than the other branches. An O-3 in the navy is called a Lieutenant. In the Army/guard or Air Force they call an O-3 a Captain. They're both the same rank though, just different names. If I were you I'd jump on the Guard. That's one heck of a package they're offering. And it seems puting a dent in your student loans is part of why you want to join. There's nothing wrong with that. I know several Navy nurses who joined up for the same reason. I'm a Lieutenant Commander, O-4, and just tyring to remember I think the weekend pay for an O-3 is somewhere around $600 - $650. Not bad for two days work. Of course being Navy I'd have to recommend Navy. I'm from the northeas too, Ohio, and there are lots of reserve centers in the area. The northeast is part of Readiness Command Mid West, (REDCOM Mid West) and we have over a thousand doctors and nurses. Good luck. Frank
  8. Gonavy

    Camp lejuene new grad first duty station

    njack, Here's a good place to start if your looking to compare apartments to the condos on Emerald Isle: Spinnakers Reach Long Term Rentals And as fate would have it, on the website you'll see Unit 11 Osprey Ridge as available. Unit 11 was the condo I rented.
  9. Gonavy

    Camp lejuene new grad first duty station

    I don't know the housing situation in that area too well. I arranged for a condo before I got down there so I never looked into any apartments. They should have given you the name of someone at the command who will kind of be your guide since you're new there. Can't remember what they call it. Preceptor comes to mind but I don't think that's the right term. Your guide or mentor or whatever the term is should be able to help you find a place. He/she should already know the area well and have input on good areas to live and apartments, condos, etc. If you do consider emerald isle don't go by what you may see on the internet. Owners usually work through an agent and they list price by week for tourists. Tell whomever that you're us navy and you're looking for long term. Example: the condo I rented was listed at 900/week. I got it for a whole year for 1200/month. Owners there love us military and especially love long term contracts since over the winter their places sit vacant.
  10. Gonavy

    Camp lejuene new grad first duty station

    Greetings. I've been Nurse Corps reserve for 16 years and I spent a year at NH Lejeune after being recalled to active duty back in 07-08. One of my many mobilizations in recently. It was a great year. I loved Lejeune and the surrounding area. The hospital is smaller compared to others but to me that's a good thing. Navy medical there is a very tight nit community. The base itself has easy access and exit. Which is a nice thing. Some bases can take 30 minutes just to get through the gate. I rented a condo for a year on Emerald Isle and my wife and daughter came down to visit for the summer. They loved Emerald Isle. You may want to consider looking into that depending on prices these days and your housing allowance. Just look in the classifieds. It's about 20 minutes from the main gate. I've spent time at most naval hospitals both INCONUS and out and if I had my choice I'd pick Lejeune over all of them. The areas surrounding the base are all nice and you won't find your typical row upon row of strip joints and tattoo parlors like you'd find outside the gate at other bases. To sum it up I'd say you're going to love Lejeune. The active duty staff members I became close friends with had all been there for multiple tours. I know of no one who wanted to finish their tour so they could move on. I tried to re-up for a second year however the reserve side said no, they only needed me for one year. Best of luck, and if you have any other questions please feel free to ask. R/ LCDR B
  11. Greetings, I'm thinking of applying for a position that reads; RN Ambulatory - Oncology. I've worked ED, ICU, PACU, and of course good ol' Med/Surg. It looks like I meet their requirements and I was hoping someone could give me a little feedback. The job description lists; able to work with radiation emitting equipment and wear appropriate protective garments. OK, to me that means this isn't chemo and we're dealing with radiation therapy. But another one reads; telemetry experience strongly prefer. Why would someone receiving radiation therapy be on a monitor? Isn't radiation therapy very focused? What I mean is if it's in your spine wouldn't you be flat on your stomach? Oncology is one area in which I have zero knowledge or experience. Any feedback on what the job entails and why someone would be on a monitor would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  12. Gonavy

    Should I go back to the military?

    I read in one of the comments that ANG nursing was full. Currently in the Navy Nurse Corps reserve we're at 80% manned. Some food for though. Go Navy - Beat Army.
  13. I've been Navy Nurse Corps reserves for over 16 years and I love every minute of it. I've traveled the world everywhere from San Diego to Bahrain to Okinawa japan. I've also done a tour in Iraq and recently returned from Kandahar Afghanistan. As a navy reservist (or Army/Air Force) you're part of a very special group. I'm sure anyone who's been active duty or reserve would agree with me. The people you serve with are like a second family and you'll have a bond with them that your friends who've never been military won't understand. You'll be part of something special and meet and make friends with other active duty and reservists from all over the country in all branches of the service. Military medicine is mostly "joint service" these days. Meaning it won't be that unusual to have Air Force or Army nurses right there with you at some of the places you might travel. You may have noticed I've left out the Marines. The Marine Corps does not have their own medical. They rely on the Navy for that. There's a saying; where the Marines go so goes Navy medicine. Your journey will begin with a recruiter who'll put together a "package" to be submitted for consideration and review by those who'll decide whether or not you'd make a good Nurse Corps officer. Once accepted you'll be assigned to a reserve unit and assigned a specialty. There are pediatric nurse "billets" in the Navy. Basically a billet is a job or slot you'll hold in the Nurse Corps. You don't necessarily have to become a pediatric nurse if you don't want to. I won't go into that here. A recruiter can give you more details. As a reservist you will actual go to your first "drill weekend" in uniform even though you know nothing about the Navy and are absolutely clueless and confused. That's why I'm here. As a senior officer I'd take you under my wing until we can send you to school. Your first AT (Annual Training, aka your two weeks a year on active duty) will be to what's called DCO school. Direct Commission Officer school. Active duty newly commissioned nurse go to their version of DCO school for about three months. As a reservist you'll get the basics in two weeks and count on guys like me to bring you along and train you more each and every month we get together on our drill weekend. DCO school is now over and you're ready to work as a nurse at a naval hospital on an actual floor. Where you'll go depends on where your unit is assigned. I live in Cleveland Ohio, my reserve center is in Akron. Our unit, along with many other units in REDCOM East (Readiness Command), are assigned to Bethesda. Used to be naval hospital Bethesda but the Navy and Army combined (the "joint service" I mentioned earlier) to form Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. I was there in April for my two weeks (actually I volunteered for 29 days) and worked in uniform as a regular navy staff nurse. Other training - All Navy nurses are also trained in a field medical environment. Simulated combat hospital. Most people think Navy they think ships. Not true for Navy medical. It's true to some degree but a very very small degree. Remember - where the Marines go so goes Navy medical. That's how I ended up with a tour in Iraq and Afghanistan. Deployments I've been on - two to Landsuhl Germany (Army hospital, remember the joint service thing?) One to Iraq, one to Afghanistan. I spent a year on a call up at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (Marine base). As a regular AT (annual training) I've been to Honduras and Panama where we visited villages in the middle of nowhere and immunized children. I've been to Thailand where we did the same thing. One year they didn't need me at Bethesda so I asked for Okinawa Japan and they sent me there. Wherever there's a Navy or Marine Corps base there's a Naval Hospital. Benefits - You'll join the Navy as an Ensign (navy's version of 2nd lieutenant) also called an O1 (pronounced OH One). You'll drill for two days a month but everyone gets paid for 4 days. As an OH-4, Lieutenant Commander, after taxes I make about 750 bucks for a drill weekend. Not bad for two days work. Ensigns I'm guessing 400 something give or take. Navy medical units at reserve centers take care of immunizations, physicals, blood draws, etc. for all the other reservists at the reserve center. Akron has about 400 total Navy and Marine Corps reservists. Our unit makes sure they are medically ready. Your unit probably will too. You asked me to tell you all about my experiences. That's why I've written this novel of a post. I could still go on but it's long enough as it is right now. I'll be glad to answer any other questions you have.
  14. Gonavy

    Direct Ascension into Navy Nurse Corps

    I've been Navy Nurse Corps for 17 years now, mostly reserves but I've done a lot of active duty time in the last 6 years. I don't recognize the term direct ascension. When I came into the reserves after nursing school the term was direct commission. Maybe direct ascension is an active duty term? I would think your recruiter would best be able to answer your questions on that Here's some food for thought; think Nurse Corps reserves. Two main benefits; it will introduce you to what Navy nursing is all about and (a big and) you can apply for a transfer to the active duty side once you're a reservist. Nurse Crops staffing on the reserve side is currently at 80% so they're actively recruiting. You might consider it as a back door into the opportunity you're hoping for. Please feel free to ask any other questions you might have.
  15. Thank you all for your feedback. I appreciate all the pointers and good advice.
  16. Gonavy

    Reserves/Guard Nursing w/ Perm Profile

    Doc, thanks for straightening that out. I wasn't sure if all branches had gone Bachelors or if it was still just the Navy.