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Can anyone give me advice on becoming a Nurse in the Military?

Asked by sjmc1989 (5481 points ) September 11th, 2009

I’m in the nursing program in college and I have been trying to figure out what area of the medical field I would enjoy. So I have been thinking a long time about this and I keep thinking about doing nursing in the Military. I’m young, single and I have nothing holding me back. Problem is I have no idea what the requirements are, how to get into it, and what it would be like. I have been searching on the internet and haven’t been able to find much info. I am really interested in it I just don’t know where to start. If anyone has experience in this or knows any kind of information it would help me out greatly. Thanks!

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shilolo's avatar

The US Army Nursing corps have a nice glossy website with useful information (and this one too). As an aside, as a young, single nurse you might also enjoy becoming a travel nurse. You get to go wherever you want, see a new part of the country, meet new people, and repeat as often as you like. As a doctor, I’ve known hundreds of travel nurses, and most seem to really love the experience. FYI, if you google travel nurse, you’ll find lots of companies that specialize in this. You might want to ask at your school as well.

sjmc1989's avatar

@shilolo Thanks so much for your links! Yes I have thought about travel nursing as well. My dad is a RN and he did travel nursing for a while when I was younger. I have just been drawn to nursing in the Military I just didn’t know how to get started on it. Again thanks for your response. LURVE FOR YOU!

shilolo's avatar

No problem. Also, the Navy and Air Force have careers in nursing as well. You might consider contacting all of the branches you are interested in and asking them for more information. I’m sure they’ll love to hear from you. From what I’ve seen, they often offer loan repayment for enlisting, which could be a real bonus. Good luck with your endeavors.

jrpowell's avatar

My aunt was a nurse in the Air Force. She joined with a four year degree in nursing. Back then it was 18 years to retire (probably more now). She was pretty much done with working at 40. She gets a nice pension. She used the G.I. Bill to get a Masters of Fine Arts. She has good healthcare, and she can go anywhere the Air Force goes. They just went on a Air Force plane to China. She and husband (Also from the Air Force) get free flights. Both have been retired for about 20 years.

I’m sure the deal isn’t as sweet now. But they both seemed to really love it. And they are both liberal hippie vegetarians.

sjmc1989's avatar

So I can be a nurse in the Military and not have to actually join the Military? Just work at the base hospitals? Sorry I just don’t know how all this stuff works.

shilolo's avatar

With the Veterans Administration, you can be a nurse but not enlist in the military. As for the others, I don’t know for sure, but I think you do need to enlist.

jrpowell's avatar

My aunt was actually in the military. She had to do all the Basic training. But in the Air Force she didn’t have to deal with lost limbs. It was mostly stuff that normal nurses would see in the hospital.

It helped to go in with a degree.

edit :: My uncle. The guy she met and married in the military were stationed in West Germany for a while. They have some interesting stories about traveling to East Germany.

sjmc1989's avatar

Thanks @johnpowell for all your help as well! You both have been very helpful.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

single?
I can fix that…

sjmc1989's avatar

@teh_kvlt_liberal I get from your responses that you are a very horny boy :)

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Horny?
Or suave?

sjmc1989's avatar

@teh_kvlt_liberal Maybe a combination of both

vanhelsing's avatar

ya, don’t do it.
it is not a cake walk. nasty stuff, war, bombs, blood, goar, pieces, etc.
better check out a secure hospital, with benefits. marry a doctor, have kids, enjoy life. a nurse in wartime has to deal with tragity. it is not a place to be.

sjmc1989's avatar

@vanhelsing 2 things you should know about me I hate cake walks and the whole settling down with a doctor, having 3 kids, a dog and a big house isn’t appealing to me. Thanks for the advice anyway though.

Jeruba's avatar

After getting her 4-year degree, my sister joined the Air Force as a nurse. Her specialty was maternity. She had a great time and ended up marrying a handsome pilot. They have three kids, and he works for NASA now. She’s in public service. That doesn’t sound like what you want, perhaps, but it is not such a terrible outcome.

sjmc1989's avatar

@Jeruba No thats not it at all. That sounds great and good for your sister. @vanhelsing was making it sound like thats all I should want out of life. I am looking for a job that I will get fulfillment out of and enjoy. I don’t want to just go to a secure hospital, meet a doctor, have kids and let him take care of me. I want more than that. If the whole pilot/doctor, and kids come with me doing what I want as a career great I’m all for it but anyway thank you so much for your response.

Jeruba's avatar

Well, my sister simply presented herself at the Air Force recruitment office, and they took it from there.

shilolo's avatar

@sjmc1989 You should be respected for following your passion, and Jeruba was simply stating that her sister seems to have been very happy in Air Force nursing. As for vanhelsing, it isn’t unexpected that someone would say “Don’t go to the military, it’s dangerous, blah, blah, blah.” I wouldn’t worry too much about that.

sjmc1989's avatar

@shilolo Thank you very much. It seems that the people that actually know someone that has went into it has enjoyed it. I know I am going to have people that will try to talk me out of the military thing and thats ok because in the end it’s me that has to go to that job everyday. I know that I am a very caring person and I am very soft-hearted when it comes to others and I know that if I had someone I loved in the military I would be happy to know that someone who truly cares for her patients taking care of my loved one. I think that would be worth it to me. Thanks for your support!

rudalfseo's avatar

I think first you have to apply for militry job then only you will be able to do this.

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