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You just can't make "This Stuff" up.....

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airwaynurse has 22 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Flight Nursing.

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I am proud to be a male nurse. It is my calling. It just took me a long time to hear it. I was a demolition expert in the Army and went to a medic course just to help me get promoted. Boy was I surprised. I took to the medical world like a duck to water and dove in all the way. Twenty- two years and still going strong but I absolutely love to look back and recapture the wonder of the call and the passion that it created in me. I love to share my experience, teach, coach and encourage others: colleagues or patients. I am a NURSE. You are reading page 2 of You just can't make "This Stuff" up...... If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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NURSE ON! I love that!!!! I am stealing it to use- thank you

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Awesome! Thank you for your service! I'm a rising senior in nursing school as a second career "calling" I will graduate May 2016 Nurse On!!

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airwaynurse has 22 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Flight Nursing.

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nicktexas: Didn't give a whole lot of specifics; It was a general nature, here's how I became an RN, article that spanned about 6 years. Discretion is the better part of valor!

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LessValuableNinja has 8 years experience and specializes in Cardiac (adult), CC, Peds, MH/Substance.

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It just came off as a bit atypical that you described yourself as someone who was in demolitions (combat engineer? Not really demolitions. Or something else?), who then became a special forces medical sergeant, then immediately began describing training as a 91B medical specialist then 91C practical nurse, which is not related to 18D training. It does not seem like an issue of discretion? 18D training is on Wikipedia and a thousand other web references.

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airwaynurse has 22 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Flight Nursing.

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It is certainly meant to be atypical as a pathway to being a nurse, that was my retrospective point. It does, however, demonstrate that a second career nursing student can succeed. By the way, a combat engineer's mission essential task list is different from assignment to assignment. I did demo, 75% of the time in the assignments that I had. I was really a demolitions specialist. (Just a side note). And for the record, I was not referring to being discreet about the 18D program, just being discreet about myself and my actions as they relate to being a nurse (which is a perfect definition of being discreet). While there is some "overlap" between 91B school & the first 6-8 weeks of the SOMED course (as far as the medical side of the house is concerned), the depth shows up then and it is quite different than B school. You would obviously be the exception because of your background (whatever it is). Most people on the nursing forum are just interested in the nurse stuff. A 1200 word article in that context won't have a lot of detail that you are looking for as you peruse the article. Thanks for reading it. Nurse On Brother!

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airwaynurse has 22 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Flight Nursing.

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Being deployed is definitely an Army thing. In 1995 the US ARMY Medical Department was cut deeply and a lot of the asset became Reserve Units. As far as comparing the services goes I'm not up to speed on the current situations. The Air Force would have been my personal choice back in the day (if I was out and coming in as an officer). They all have pluses and minuses and they all deploy....that's why when I settled down to have a family I got out. I did all of my deployments as a single guy. That makes it easier. Decide what your 5-10 year goals are and backward plan form there. Talk to recruiters they can help too. Best to you, Nurse on!

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Awesome career. I love to go to things like ACLS or PALS and learn from folks like you. Thanks for sharing your story.

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LessValuableNinja has 8 years experience and specializes in Cardiac (adult), CC, Peds, MH/Substance.

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I just thought it was strange, since being MOSQ for 18D precludes you from having to go through 91B (later 91W, now 68W) to be qualified for any training that requires 91B (and successive re-brandings) as a prerequisite. I've known a lot of 18D over the years who went on to become 68H, nurse practitioners, PAs, and so on. Never met a single one who was an 18D, then went to 91b school, then 91c school, as you self-described. It would be kind of like being a fighter pilot in the airforce, then going 'back to school' to be the guy who fuels the plane or changes the tires. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

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airwaynurse has 22 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Flight Nursing.

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Nicktexas,

 

You should probably read more carefully. The confusion that you seem to be having with my article is that what you find so "strange" is not in the article at all. Attention to detail will help you sort through what I "self described" in the article. I'm glad that you know "a lot of 18D," me too and some of the operators that I knew gave the ultimate sacrifice. In either case, mine or yours, the population size represented is infinitesimal. Go with the big picture story of the article: non-medical soldier turns into an RN in sort of an accidental fashion over the course of many years and experiences. He then shares his love of nursing and the journey with other nurses on this site. Go with that brother and be careful with Wikipedia, it cannot replace real, in-person, experience of any kind. Go with what you know experientially not just what you have been told. Airborne! All the way....

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ratlady has 2 years experience and specializes in IBCLC.

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This is an awesome read. I too spent 15 months at fort Sam Houston, we were up the hill from you all since I graduated as a lab tech, after also doing my clinical at bamc. Bamc is a lovely facility! I spent four years at fort Leavenworth and now I live in San Antonio, just accepted into a bsn program. Hope to have good stories like you. Hooah!

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airwaynurse has 22 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Flight Nursing.

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Ratlady!

 

Thanks for your kind words, thanks for your service! Congratulations on the BSN program, too! Kind regards and best of luck to you! The New BAMC facility was built about the time I left San Antonio....it is a great facility! Nurse On!

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