Nursing in the navy

  • Jayguy06

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    Feb 04, 2013 8:53 PM GMT
    Hi guys, so I'm looking for some guidance/advice. I'm looking to start nursing school in the fall and was considering joining the navy. I'm considering this for a few reasons one of them being tuition assistance and some other personal reasons. I'm trying to find out as much as possible before I continue pursuing this. Can anyone provide me some personal insight to the navy? Does anyone have experience joining the navy as a nurse who can give me some pointers. Thank you!
  • LJay

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    Feb 05, 2013 1:25 AM GMT
    Jayguy06 saidHi guys, so I'm looking for some guidance/advice. I'm looking to start nursing school in the fall and was considering joining the navy. I'm considering this for a few reasons one of them being tuition assistance and some other personal reasons. I'm trying to find out as much as possible before I continue pursuing this. Can anyone provide me some personal insight to the navy? Does anyone have experience joining the navy as a nurse who can give me some pointers. Thank you!


    All I can tell you is that my nearly disabled bother is greatly appreciative of the nursing he has received in Navy facilities. Problem is,, he likes the female vaiety and I think he also likes to "pinch."

    You sure you want to deal with a bunch of cranky sick guys?
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    Feb 05, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    I looked into it. You need a BSN. I think your best bet would be checking out the navy website and talking to a recruiter, besides of course, people on here who have experience.
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    Feb 05, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    In the Navy...you can sail the seven seas...la la
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    Feb 05, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    You may want to talk to blackstrap. He is in the navy in the medical field. And he will tell you the US Navy is the best!
  • Jayguy06

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    Feb 05, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies!
  • barriehomeboy

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    Feb 05, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    I'm a health-care professional and, frankly, nursing is one of the worst of our careers. The others have similar training and pay as well but we don't have to ..well..change diapers. That sounds insulting when you're talking about soldiers and sailors and the saviours of democracy, but it's the reality of nurses' work. Are you geared up for that, or willing to consider something better?
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    Feb 05, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
    Don't join the military solely for the reason of "they'll pay for my school! yay!" . Your experience will be greatly deflated.
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    Feb 05, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI'm a health-care professional and, frankly, nursing is one of the worst of our careers. The others have similar training and pay as well but we don't have to ..well..change diapers. That sounds insulting when you're talking about soldiers and sailors and the saviours of democracy, but it's the reality of nurses' work. Are you geared up for that, or willing to consider something better?


    I find this incredibly ignorant. It's incredibly insulting, diminishing nurse's work to changing diapers? Fuck you, dick
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    Feb 05, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI'm a health-care professional and, frankly, nursing is one of the worst of our careers. The others have similar training and pay as well but we don't have to ..well..change diapers. That sounds insulting when you're talking about soldiers and sailors and the saviours of democracy, but it's the reality of nurses' work. Are you geared up for that, or willing to consider something better?


    I sure hope you never have to rely on a nurse. You're exactly the kind of ignorant ass I was ranting about earlier. FYI, we do more than just "change diapers", we are the ones who make sure you get your meds, we make sure you're stable, we make sure your sorry ass doesn't feel lonely, we make sure that you're not in pain and most of all, we are the ones who make sure you don't fucking die.
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    Feb 05, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    dcolby said
    barriehomeboy saidI'm a health-care professional and, frankly, nursing is one of the worst of our careers. The others have similar training and pay as well but we don't have to ..well..change diapers. That sounds insulting when you're talking about soldiers and sailors and the saviours of democracy, but it's the reality of nurses' work. Are you geared up for that, or willing to consider something better?


    I find this incredibly ignorant. It's incredibly insulting, diminishing nurse's work to changing diapers? Fuck you, dick



    I agree. I guess only a few in the field can see that nursing is a "caring" field. Changing diapers????!! We do waaaay more than that! We are advocates (from people like you btw) teachers, caregivers, and if my nursing assistant can't get to my patient - I will be more than glad to change a patient's diaper - not because, like you say, it's what the job entails - but because I chose this career for the care ethics that are not taught to other professionals in the health field.

    Anyhow, dcolby, I wish your patient's a strong nurse to help defend them from ignorant frameworks like the ones you displayed just now. How the heck you work in a field of "compassion" comparing 'helping a patient gain his independence back' to 'taking out the trash' is really beyond me!!
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    Feb 05, 2013 5:06 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI'm a health-care professional and, frankly, nursing is one of the worst of our careers. The others have similar training and pay as well but we don't have to ..well..change diapers. That sounds insulting when you're talking about soldiers and sailors and the saviours of democracy, but it's the reality of nurses' work. Are you geared up for that, or willing to consider something better?


    I think what you need to do is get out of that imaging place you work at and just for a day, shadow a nurse to see what we actually do. You'll see that there are tons of critical interventions we do other than changing diapers.
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    Feb 05, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI'm a health-care professional and, frankly, nursing is one of the worst of our careers. The others have similar training and pay as well but we don't have to ..well..change diapers. That sounds insulting when you're talking about soldiers and sailors and the saviours of democracy, but it's the reality of nurses' work. Are you geared up for that, or willing to consider something better?


    I feel very sorry for you that you think that we Nurses only change diapers please educate yourself before making statements like that again. We are also health professionals and I am proud to say that I have been a Nurse for 30 years and still get great satisfaction from caring for people.
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    Feb 05, 2013 8:12 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI'm a health-care professional and, frankly, nursing is one of the worst of our careers. The others have similar training and pay as well but we don't have to ..well..change diapers. That sounds insulting when you're talking about soldiers and sailors and the saviours of democracy, but it's the reality of nurses' work. Are you geared up for that, or willing to consider something better?


    The Nurses obviously answer a different calling to health care than you. Good luck with whatever you do in the field.

    I'd rather be in the hands of people who dont mind getting their hands dirty, no matter what the task.
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    Feb 05, 2013 8:45 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI'm a health-care professional and, frankly, nursing is one of the worst of our careers. The others have similar training and pay as well but we don't have to ..well..change diapers. That sounds insulting when you're talking about soldiers and sailors and the saviours of democracy, but it's the reality of nurses' work. Are you geared up for that, or willing to consider something better?


    dude.... I am proud to be a person who helps another try to maintain what little dignity they have when they have issues with continance. I think it shows strength and compassion. Often people with continance issues are older and have lived awsome and for many - quite challanging lives. I have learnt so very much from these people that I am a bigger person because of it.
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    Feb 05, 2013 8:56 AM GMT
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    barriehomeboy saidI'm a health-care professional and, frankly, nursing is one of the worst of our careers. The others have similar training and pay as well but we don't have to ..well..change diapers. That sounds insulting when you're talking about soldiers and sailors and the saviours of democracy, but it's the reality of nurses' work. Are you geared up for that, or willing to consider something better?


    Well nice job promoting nurses when we represent the biggest number of health care professionals. When you're in the hospital incontinent or having diarrhea, you better hope there's a passionate nurse by your bedside to help you man. I had a nursing student that ran out of the room when she saw the patient had a foul necrotic toe ulcer... and the patient was crying like crazy. How would you react to that?

    In case you don't know, we have orderly or called PAB that also helps us nurses with changing diapers and giving bedbaths, so we nurses can concentrate more on life threatening interventions. But we still work in partnership.
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    Feb 05, 2013 9:35 AM GMT
    I suggest you do a lot more research and give it some serious thought.

    On topic, you cannot simply enlist in the Navy, go through basic training, then off to nursing school. It doesn't work that way.

    You need to be a college grad (or current student) of a CCNE-accredited program. Yeah, you need to be licensed. Upon receiving your license, you'll be off to OCS.

    DO NOT contact a recruiter! Recruiters want grunts, not officers. They'll tell you anything to get you to sign up as enlisted. Research this the right way by contacting a local university's NROTC program. They'll tell you what you need to know. Believe it or not, you may be able to get most of your education paid for as long as you give the U.S. government approx. five years of your life after graduation.

    Good luck!
  • Jayguy06

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    Feb 05, 2013 6:56 PM GMT
    credo saidI suggest you do a lot more research and give it some serious thought.

    On topic, you cannot simply enlist in the Navy, go through basic training, then off to nursing school. It doesn't work that way.

    You need to be a college grad (or current student) of a CCNE-accredited program. Yeah, you need to be licensed. Upon receiving your license, you'll be off to OCS.

    DO NOT contact a recruiter! Recruiters want grunts, not officers. They'll tell you anything to get you to sign up as enlisted. Research this the right way by contacting a local university's NROTC program. They'll tell you what you need to know. Believe it or not, you may be able to get most of your education paid for as long as you give the U.S. government approx. five years of your life after graduation.

    Good luck!


    Thanks. I do have my bachelors in something unrelated. I am hoping to get into a nursing program in the fall. I think I read somewhere that I would finish school first and then go on active duty. does anyone know my chances of being accepted into the navy as a nurse?
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    Feb 05, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    the program you're after is called direct commissioning. i'm a direct commission. they accept people who can fill certain slots that are hard to fill, like nursing, other medical and intelligence corps. it's my understanding that nurses are rather highly sought after as the navy currently, like everyone else, needs nurses. i'm intel so don't know the specifics of the medical community.

    here's how direct commission works, however. you apply through a recruiter. they help you put together your package that gets forwarded to a board. you meet and interview with the board who then makes an up or down decision on you. if you get offered a slot, you go through medical and a few other hoops before being offered your commission. once you commission, you're in the navy reserves and need to attend the direct commission officer indoctrination course within one year. that's where they teach you the basics. after that point, you're assigned to a unit and taught the specifics of your community.
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    Feb 05, 2013 11:02 PM GMT
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