Life As a Military Nurse

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Life As a Military Nurse
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Military Nurse — Nurses are generally known to be gentle, caring and even tempered people who meet the needs of the ill and injured. The stereotypical picture is of a sweet young woman in a clean white uniform and spotless white shoes, smiling, and possibly with pigtails. Enter the battle ready, weapons trained, take charge in any situation military nurse, and you might have a whole new view on nursing.

Try being an Army Reserve nurse for a day. After completing Basic Training in both Field Training, Basic Leadership, and Medical, you are given the opportunity to take a position overseas. You jet off to a newly developing nation and become an integral part of improving its health and well-being.

On top of being in charge of all things medical on the grounds of the camp, you are providing direct care, teaching any and all local health professionals, assisting medical personnel (including veterinarians), and giving urgent care services to visiting VIPs. All this in extreme weather conditions, traveling hours by boat or back of pick-up truck, with little or no assistance and ridiculously limited resources. And you thought your job at the hospital was challenging?

Perhaps spend some time as an Air Force flight nurse. Begin your day hours before a flight, briefing on the mission and devising a positioning plan for incoming patients. Don’t want to have to push someone in the cockpit if you run out of room. The plane is a huge cargo aircraft, which is not ideal for transporting people.

It’s hot on the ground, cold in the air, noisy and nowhere close to clean. They have to fly at a high altitude, which means limited available oxygen. Once your patients have been loaded and secured, they are examined and monitored as needed.

While the cargo plane bumps along, you then attempt to take vitals, complete assessments, administer pain meds, document without a flat surface to write on, provide food, water and toilet needs. Need another syringe or an extra power cord? Hope you thought of that on the ground and packed ahead.

Government nursing jobs are a way to serve your country while making a difference in patients lives all over the world. You will be able to practice nursing in a dizzying array of settings, significantly broaden your clinical horizons, and make a very good wage. The opportunity for travel is also a big perk.

Life As a Military Nurse

In traditional travel nursing jobs, positions are limited to the United States. In government nursing jobs, you can pretty much expect to be send abroad. And on top of this you will generally revive health insurance, a matching 401(k), flexible schedules, bonuses, and sometimes even paid time off or paid holidays.

Male nurses, although becoming a larger part of the healthcare industry, are very common in government nursing jobs. If nursing school is on your mind, but funds are simply not available, look to the military. You can complete your education and training and have a guaranteed job at the end of it. Hard to pass up in an economy like this.

If a member of the army is considered medically unfit to perform his activities at the job, it may be permanent medically retired. In this case, he will be eligible for permanent disability retirements benefits. This benefits will be calculated based on the number of years when he served the Army, the degree that he had and the base salary.
Physical disability degree can fluctuate over the time, depending on levels of physical disability. It is important if the disability occurred while the person was in the military service and if it was aggravated by the service.

There are also monetary compensations for temporary disabilities, if the disability is not permanent. After a period of time, the person will go to a medical committee that will decide whether he can serve the military again or if the retirement must be extended. The members with permanent disabilities receive the higher benefits than the ones with temporary disabilities.

If the member is disabled while he is active in the duty, he will receive a disability compensation and vocational rehabilitation in order to obtain suitable employment. If the person is totally and permanently disabled, or age of 65 or older he is qualified for a disability pension.

If the service member has a mental health problem which make him unable to fulfill his duties, he may be separated from the military service for medical issues.

The review committee can recommend: return to duty (with no assignment limitations, with assignment limitations, with medically re-training), placement on military disability or retirement, separation from active duty, medical retirement.

The recommendations of the medical committees are overviewed by a central medical board. If the service member does not approve to these recommendations and considers them inappropriate, he can appeal and can require a legal council to assist the board.

Those who serve in the United States military make an awesome personal sacrifice in order to ensure the safety and secure of all Americans. Whether they are stationed overseas to protect our interests throughout the world, or serving on domestic bases with the knowledge they could be deployed any day, these soldiers and sailor work for us.

We must also recognize, too, the spouses and families of our military deserve recognition for their sacrifices as well. To go through life while a loved one is overseas, possibly in a war zone, can be frustrating. This is why workshops have been set up to assist families dealing with a loved one in the military.

If you are a military spouse or the parent or child of a person in the Armed Forces, you may be aware of workshops held to counsel those dealing with a loved one serving the country. These seminars and weekend conferences are designed to strengthen familial relationships and help with life transitions. If you have not attended such an event, you may want to research one applicable to your situation.

The three most common workshops are:

Returning Warrior Workshops – These events work to help transition an enlisted solider or sailor who has seen combat back into civilian life. Depending on the severity of his/her experience, one may experience frustration adjusting to having a spouse, child, or parent back from war. The Returning Warrior program serves to help military and their families handle physical and emotional scars associated with combat.

Strong Bonds – When a married couple is separated by a lengthy deployment, it can put a strain on a relationship. With Strong Bonds, couples can learn to keep lines of communication open regardless of distance, and ensure healthy relationships throughout a partner’s military career.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration – The yellow ribbon is a symbol of homecoming and hope. As the song goes, we tie yellow ribbons on trees and fence posts as a sign we want our loved ones to come home safe. Based on that premise the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program works to assist military families throughout every step of the deployment cycle. Through this program, military and their spouses and children gain a better understanding of each others’ feelings and expectations when deployment ends.

For more information on attending or planning any of the above events, you may to search for workshops in your area, or consult a planning service specializing in military and government events to host one.

Today was Mother’s Day. I got up and made my wife and kids breakfast. It was a sunny morning and the kids played in the backyard as I cooked. Mom was able to sleep in a little and came out right as the pancakes came off the grill. Everything was pretty normal for our little family as we enjoyed a great day together.

We went and ate dinner at Grandma’s house which is always fun for the kids. Again, another great meal with my family. I was sitting there watching TV with my grandma and we came across a documentary on the History channel about America. The little bit of this that we watched was about the Civil War.

As I sat and watched the story unfold of all of the different soldiers that died for what they believed, I started to think about all of the wives and mothers of those soldiers that fought and died. How many wives or mothers spent Mother’s Day alone over the hundreds of years of our great nation because soldiers were off at war? How many more were spent alone because those brave Veterans never came back from war?

As I sat with my grandma, I glanced over and saw a picture of my grandpa standing in his military uniform. Grandpa passed away 2 years ago. I reminisced about all of the great memories that I had with my grandpa, but then grew a little sad to think of all of the kids that have had to grow up without a grandpa in their lives. What would my life have been like without my grandpa? Grandpa did have some health problems from his service, but he didn’t let it slow him down. He was such a great example to all of us.

The sacrifice that families make when they decide to be a Military Family is remarkable. The love, for our country and our freedom, that a wife or mother has to have in order to send a soldier off to war is amazing. I am sure that there are thousands and thousands of wives/mothers that didn’t have their soldier home with them today.

They didn’t have anyone to make them pancakes this morning. As I thought about this, it was a sad-happy feeling. Sad for the obvious reason, but happy to know that I live in a country that people freely make that kind of sacrifice for our freedom and also for the freedom of others around the world.

I wanted to take this time before I went to bed on this special day to thank all of the Military Moms and wish them a very heartfelt Happy Mother’s Day. Without your support I am sure that your Veteran’s job would be much more difficult to do. Your willingness to sacrifice your family’s time and safety for my family’s freedom does not go without thanks in my prayers.

I hope that we can all remember the great women of the military; not only the ones serving on the front lines as soldiers, but also the ones at home making the often unmentioned sacrifices for us all. This is a great country with great women.

Again, Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

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