NursePamela replied to whichone'spink's topic in Government
To say you could get pigeoned holed could happen in the civilian or military world. A lot of times it is about timing and luck; When intern programs open up for ICU, you will have to compete for the position in both worlds.
NursePamela replied to JustADream's topic in Government
Somebody can correct me if I am wrong but I was once told they have more openings for med-surg nurses than any specialty, er, icu, etc,,,. Now that being said, I don't know percentages. They may have equal number of percentages applying???
NursePamela replied to BabyLady's topic in Nursing
When I was a new nurse I had a hard time loving nursing, I thought "if this was it - forget about it". I decided to give it another shot and I went and did travel nursing and found out that there was better things out there. My advice - don't give up, just try something different. The best part about nursing is there are TONS of things to do with it.
Don't give up! :)
NursePamela replied to guyRN2009's topic in Government
I agree with all that has been said so far. The one BIG thing I always say about ANY spouse going overseas is plan on NOT working and consider yourself lucky if you get a job. If you plan on spouse not working, you will not blow your budget. Overseas jobs are much fewer than stateside, even for nurses.
As far as having kids, nursing, and military - my only gripe is the 12 hour shifts and off shifts. It is almost impossible to find quality child care for those long hours and off hours. It is great when both parents are home but when one is deployed or TDY and the other suddenly left with no back up for child care - nursing is not kid friendly (civilian or military).
NursePamela replied to BallroomRN's topic in Government
Can't help with the paperwork side but I can help with the other stuff.
Don't get rid of anything you don't want to. Don't be worried about electronics they give you a couple of transformers to convert so you can use all your american stuff. The only thing is clock sometimes don't do well in conversion and motors (like Vaccuums) "might" age quicker.
Houses vary tremendously over there so sometime your stuff might fit and sometimes it might not. The military will store some stuff for you if needed but it is not the kind of storage you can accesss.
Take photos of your stuff before being shipped so you can assess and prove damage if needed. Try to be involved in watching your packers and movers. Be nice to them.
Save ALL receipts, even the soda you buy at the airport.
And don't worry, it will all come together! :-)