A nurse in the Navy Corp has many opportunities to use state-of-the-art equipment, travel the world and help those in need through humanitarian causes. In addition to using the most advanced technology, navy nurses receive training from respected nursing professionals in the military. As a nurse in the Navy, you have the opportunity to receive training in specialized fields like emergency trauma or neonatal intensive care. Before you join the Navy, there are a few requirements you will need to fulfill before starting the program.
To be eligible for the Navy, and thus become part of the Navy Nurse Corp, you are required to be a United States citizen, or if you come to the U.S. as a practicing nurse from a different country, you must be licensed to practice in the U.S. The Navy requires that you be between 18 and 42 years of age and physically fit. Prior to entering, you will also be subject to a medical exam. Joining the Navy Nurse Corp is like signing up for any other military branch--you must be willing to sign an active duty contract, in this case it's three years. The Navy also requires that you either be a current student in a university or college that offers a bachelor's degree in nursing or that you are a graduate with good standing in the institution.
The Navy Nurse Corp helps individuals of varying educational and professional levels. For high school students, you have the opportunity to join the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) in order to receive a scholarship to help pay for tuition, textbooks, spending allowance and educational fees. Once you are finished with your bachelor's degree in nursing, you will be eligible to enlist in the Navy Nurse Corp. If you are presently in nursing school, you may be eligible for the Navy Nursing Candidate Program, which provides you with a grant for tuition, stipend and education fees before being required to enlist in the Navy Corp. Finally, if you are an established practicing nurse with a bachelor's degree, you will receive a sign-on bonus depending on the number of years in your commitment to pay back nursing loans. You will be required to join the Navy Nurse Corp as part of the commitment.
Active Duty Training
Just as any active member of the Navy must pass through recruit training, you will be required to successfully pass the physical training. The training is an eight-week program that includes confidence building, teambuilding and everything you need to know about life in the Navy and on a ship. Weapon training and ship damage control are also included in the active training. Physical training requirements include passing curl-ups, push-ups, 1.5-mile run and sit-ups in the allotted time. In addition, the Navy requires each recruit to pass swim qualifications, which include swimming at least 50 yards, float for at least five minutes and jump into water from a height of at least 5 feet.
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