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"Bum-Rushed" And Stressed

First time posting here on any kind of thread. Just going through a lot and wanted to share my thoughts and see if anyone had any insight.

I graduated with my BSN in May of this year from Central Florida. I moved to Cleveland shorty thereafter and the job market has been..less than favorable. Long story short, I had always been discouraged from entering the military by my family. However, given my current situation and this has always been a dream in the back of my mind, I decided to purse the Army Nurse Corps.

And what a whirlwind it has been. I met with my recruiter on the 28th of October. He told me that the Nurse Corps is once again close to their quota and we needed to "bum-rush" my application if we had a chance at all. In under a week, I have faxed, fed-exed, harassed professors and classmates to get my packet together. It is all finally coming together by tomorrow and my physical is scheduled for the 4th. All well and good but...

I read online that the application deadline is the 3rd. My recruiter said an exception could be made. I really hope he is right. Also, I am worried about what the competition to get in is going to be like given the economy. I don't have any RN or military experience. I guess all I can do is hope and wait.

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. I just mostly wanted to vent. Thank you.

I would not assume that everything your recruiter says is 100% accurate. I am sure the Army needs more nurses (despite the economy) and you will be fine (accepted).

i don't know about the army- i'm trying to get into the air force. but i spoke with my recruiter yesterday and asked if in his experience my application was competitive enough that i should be getting excited or hold back on the excitement until i heard something. his answer was that i had a good gpa, good interview, and good references, and already had my license so it was pretty competitive. i don't know if the army does a new nurse training program like the air force does but he said to get into that program i will be competing against apps that are just graduating or about to graduate and don't even have their license in hand yet, whereas i graduated in may like you did and have been licensed since july. i don't know if that makes you feel any better but i think as long as you have a strong app and you're already licensed then you're in better shoes than those waiting to be licensed, does that make sense...?

in regards to the deadline- i don't know how effective this would be today but when my dad was trying to get into the navy he missed some deadline that he didn't know about and someone told him to write a letter to his congressman, i believe it was, saying that he wanted to serve his country yadda, yadda, yadda and they ended up letting him in. i'm not saying that you need to write to congress but if for some reason your recruiter is wrong about making an exception i'm betting there is a higher up you could get in touch with to try to rectify the situation if your application is good otherwise.

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR.

When I came on active duty Army in July I spoke with my recruiter then who stated that the quotas for FY 10 where about 25% of FY 09. If that is true the quota for the year will be filled early with the way nursing jobs are at this point in time.

.... I would note employ the congressmen technique in this scenario... that is MHO. You should be able to confirm with your recruiter when your packet arrives and if it made the board shortly. The bad news is - everything is essentially in the system and out of your hands... it can be tough to sit back and wait. However, that is better then ruffling the feathers of a chain of command due to you not having a bigger lead on time and making this decision late in the game - even though you weren't aware of the time line prior to coming to this conclusion. All in all - best of luck and keep us posted!!

Edited by just_cause

.... I would note employ the congressmen technique in this scenario... that is MHO.

Did you mean "not"?.....agreed that this course of action is a recipe for at worst disaster, at best being labeled a complainer

Thanks for all of the thoughts so far. I am meeting with my recruiter again tomorrow to sign a few more things and then my packet will be sent in. And yes, as hard as it is to just sit back, that really is my only option. I am just glad I was able to get a shot with my late entrance into the game, and if its meant to be, it will happen. I just hope I don't bite all my nails off waiting...

I met with my Army recruiter this evening to sign more papers. I was told that the Board meets on November 16th to review applications. I also am hopeful, but I also have 13 years of experience in a specialized field. I had my physical at MEPS last month. Hang in there as someone said in an earlier thread , there are a lot of people who don't have their license which should help you to stand out. :coollook:

by contacting the higher ups i just meant that if things got screwed up that weren't your fault there might be something you could do about it. i didn't mean to just start petitioning congress because you wanted to speed things along. sorry if i made it sound like complaining would get you your way, that's not what i meant. in my dad's case a deadline passed that made his entry into the navy impossible and they found a way to fix it, that's what i was referring to.

And the hits keep on coming. MEPS turned down my application for a physical. They want an ETP to continue to process me. Still not a total dead end, just need to get that waiver in a week or so. Still all out of my hands and still waiting. All of my other paperwork is in and good to go. I'll keep you all updated.

Looks like I won't be making the November board but my recruiter told me they are having another in December. I just hope my waiver comes in with enough time to do the physical etc. I've been looking online and I've heard it can take months to process these waivers...is that usually the case?

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR.

When it comes to waiver the length of time varies depending on how far up the chain it has to go. Has your recruiter spoken to you about going to BAMC at Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX for a PE tour. I have done a MEPS and a PE tour and the PE tour was more streamlined when it came to waivers.

Don't really know if I have time but I will bring it up next time I talk to him. Just have a few weeks until the December boards. My waiver went to the Office of the Surgeon General.

Recruiter brought up San Antonio but said he couldn't get anyone on the phone for dates. He was told that we should hear back from the OSG within days. Just playing the waiting game and keeping my fingers crossed.

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR.

good luck, hope you here soon the waiting can be very trying.

Latest update. Have an ENT consult next Thursday as my hearing test was right on the line and I failed. A bit frustrated as I was told it would not be an issue but after the Surgeon General looked at it, he wanted a consult. My recruiter is not exactly sure what they are looking for. I know they have me scheduled for another audiogram but my hearing is not going to get any better. I had ear surgery when I was 12 and have a mild conductive hearing loss. My recruiter seems to think they just want to make sure it is not progressive etc. Hoping to make the January boards this time. Fingers crossed.

It really seems as though you want this so I'm praying for you, crossing fingers, doing little war dances, whatever it takes...keep us posted.

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR.

Latest update. Have an ENT consult next Thursday as my hearing test was right on the line and I failed. A bit frustrated as I was told it would not be an issue but after the Surgeon General looked at it, he wanted a consult. My recruiter is not exactly sure what they are looking for. I know they have me scheduled for another audiogram but my hearing is not going to get any better. I had ear surgery when I was 12 and have a mild conductive hearing loss. My recruiter seems to think they just want to make sure it is not progressive etc. Hoping to make the January boards this time. Fingers crossed.

With the number of applicants they are recieiving at this time things that would have not been an issue in the past now are. Hang in there.

athena55, BSN, RN

Specializes in critical care: trauma/oncology/burns.

Suggest to your recruiter you write a letter addressing your "hearing loss" and explain how it is a non-issue to you and your activities of daily living both professionally and otherwise.

If your Recruiter is on the top of his/her game they will get a consult with an Army approved ENT who will look over your audiology. That is when you have the opportunity to "make your case"

I speak from experience....You've gotta be proactive.

Hang in there and best wishes to you!

athena

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