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Title: Army Nurse Corps Branch Brief


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ARMY NURSE CORPS R.O.T.C.
CPT JENNIFER A. FENTI RN, BSN, MS NURSE COUNSELOR
NURSING EXCELLENCE STARTS HERE!!!
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Where do we fit in the BIG picture?
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BIG picture (cont)
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BIG picture (cont)
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The Army Nurse Corps
  • Size 3212 Experience
  • 2nd 1st Lieutenants 988 03.3 yrs
  • Captains 1186 3.3-10 yrs
  • Majors 731 10-16 yrs
  • Lieutenant Colonels 397 16-22 yrs
  • Colonels 113 22-30 yrs
  • Generals 1 Varies

September 2004
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Gender / Marital Status
66
Married
Joint Domicile
Female 2088 Male 1124
64 36
16
Single
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March 2005
7
Highest Civilian Education Level by Grade
BSN MS PHD COL 113 11 LTC 392 16
MAJ 267 465 1 CPT 920 173 LT 881 8
Promotion discriminator Masters Degree for LTC
March 2005
8
Ethnic Diversity
Asian Pacific Islander 5.6 (4)
African American 18 (5)
American Indian 0.7 (0.5)
Hispanic- 4.7 (2)
Caucasian 67.5 (86)
Other 2.4 (1.2)
March 2005
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Nurse Corps Assignment Philosophy for New
Graduates
  • First assignment usually to an in-patient
    hospital
  • Assigned to an adult medical/surgical ward to
    solidify basic nursing and time management skills
  • May request Maternal/Child Health section
    assignments
  • Live birth, vaginal delivery is biggest single
    DRG
  • After demonstrated competence (1/2 - 1 yr
    average) can select specialty school or move
    within the hospital

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Specialties within the Corps
April 2005
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Assignment Opportunities
  • MEDCEN (Medical Center)
  • Large, multi-service hospital
  • 8 worldwide
  • MEDDAC (Medical Activity)
  • Community Hospital (20 to choose from)
  • Clinic (9 to choose from)
  • TOE Unit (Table of Organization Equipment)
  • Medical Brigades, specialty teams
  • Combat Support Hospitals

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Darnall Army Community Hospital Ft Hood, Texas
  • 128 bed hospital
  • 1,936 staff members employees
  • 902 civilians
  • 588 military
  • 446 contractors
  • 145M budget for 2002
  • In the 40-mile catchment area
  • 141,000 beneficiaries
  • 30 military, 38 family members, 32 retired
    military and their family members

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Daily workload, Ft. Hood, TX
  • 31 admissions
  • 9 births (highest in Army system)
  • 3900 outpatient visits
  • 4,000 pharmacy prescriptions filled
  • 21 surgeries
  • 169 ER visits

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Organization within Nursing quick look
  • Maternal Child Health Section
  • 12 bed Level II NICU
  • 10 RN 3 AN, 4 LVN, 1 medical clerk
  • Mother-Baby Unit
  • 10 RN 10 AN, 6 LVN, 7 CNA, 2 medical
    clerks
  • Labor Delivery
  • 13 RN 8 AN, 3 civ 6 mil LVN, 1 CNA, 2
    medical clerks
  • Pediatrics Ward outside contract
  • Womens Health Clinic low risk OB
  • 6 RN 6 AN Midwives
  • OB/GYN Clinic high risk OB
  • Pediatric Clinic

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Assignment Opportunities
  • Unique opportunities
  • Congressional liaison
  • White House Nurse
  • White House Fellow
  • Training with Industry
  • FEMA
  • JCAHO
  • HICFA
  • Research positions
  • Hospital based
  • Non-hosp based
  • Staff Positions
  • ROTC Counselor
  • USAREC (Recruiting)
  • Office of the Surgeon General
  • PERSCOM
  • Assignment Officer
  • Faculty positions at specialty schools
  • Nursing focus
  • Military education focus

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Clinical Staff Roles
  • To remain competitive, need a variety of duty
    assignments
  • Philosophy is to alternate between clinical and
    staff positions
  • Back to back clinical jobs OK
  • The clinical role supports the mission of
  • the Army Nurse Corps

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Educational Opportunities
  • Specialty Course w/ Guarantee
  • Most new LTs are eligible
  • Masters level education
  • Fund 100 officers each year for 21 mos of full
    time schooling
  • Doctoral level education
  • Fund 5 officers each year for 36 mos each

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Organization within Nursing quick look
  • Med/Surg/Psych Section
  • Critical Care Unit 7 beds
  • 8 RN 3 AN, 2 civ 3 mil LVN, 1 medical
    clerk
  • Med/Surg Ward
  • 4 RN 7 AN, 2 civ 3 mil LVN, 12 CNA, 2
    medical clerks
  • Psych Ward
  • 4 RN 3 AN, 7 Psych techs, 5 CNA, 1
    medical clerk
  • Ambulatory Procedures
  • 5 RN 1 AN, 2 LVN, 1 medical clerk
  • Emergency Room
  • 11 RN 8 AN, 12 military medics, 4 LVN

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AOC/ASI CoursesArea of Concentration/Additional
Skill Identifier
  • Eligibility Junior officers (LTs CPTs)
  • Purpose
  • To enhance the education and clinical expertise
    of novice nurses
  • Six courses to choose from
  • Four fulfill Generic Course Guarantees

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AOC/ASI Courses (cont.)
  • Critical Care Course 14 Weeks BAMC,MAMC,WRAMC
  • Emergency Nursing 14 Weeks BAMC
  • OB/GYN Course 16 Weeks TAMC
  • Perioperative Course 16 Weeks MAMC,BAMC,WBAMC
  • Psych/Mental Health 16 Weeks WRAMC
  • Principles of Military 12 Weeks AMEDD CS
  • Preventive Medicine (Community Health
    Nurse)
  • Generic Course Guarantee

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Leader Development Courses
  • Head Nurse Leader Development Course
  • 2 Weeks (San Antonio, TX)
  • Advanced Nurse Leadership Course
  • 2 Weeks (San Antonio, TX)
  • Preventive Medicine Program Management
  • 2 Weeks (San Antonio, TX)
  • Community Health Nurses only

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Readiness Courses
  • Combat Casualty Care Course
  • Combat Casualty Management (C4A)
  • Medical Defense against Biological Warfare
    Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Management of Chemical Casualties
  • Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation
  • Radiological Hazards Course

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Long Term Health Education Training


.. a Corporate Investment in the officer for
future benefit to the nation
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Identified Needs of the Army Nurse
Corps
  • Psychiatric/ Mental Health (CNS)
  • Nursing Anesthesia
  • Midwifery
  • Critical Care CNS
  • Emergency/Trauma Nursing CNS
  • Community Health Nursing/ Public Health
  • Adult Health (Medical-Surgical) CNS


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Identified Needs of the Army Nurse
Corps (cont.)
  • Perioperative CNS
  • Maternal Child CNS
  • Informatics
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education
  • Health Care Administration/ Baylor Program
  • PhD - research focused
  • Certification Programs (FNP)


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To become an Army Nurse Corps Officer Routes of
entry
  • 2 routes of admission if not already in the
    military
  • ROTC need to choose this route not later than
    20-24 months prior to graduation as a BSN
  • Direct Commission if didnt know of
    opportunities or decided on Army after already
    graduating from BSN program

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To become an Army Nurse Corps Officer - Criteria
  • BSN from an accredited school of nursing
  • Full, unrestricted license from any of the 50
    states or territories
  • Pass physical examination (fairly rigorous)
  • Meet Army height/weight and physical fitness
    standards
  • Age depends on route of entry

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Scholarship Opportunities through ROTC
  • Scholarships cover
  • Up to 20,000 in tuition and fees each school
    year
  • 900 each year for books
  • Monthly stipend increases as student progresses
    through school yearly adjustments now 400/mo
    for Jr, 450/mo for Sr

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Scholarship Opportunities through ROTC
  • 4 year scholarships available at
  • Partner in Nursing Education schools
  • Schools rated in the top 40 of the Gourman list
  • Other top schools on a by-request basis
  • 3 year scholarships available at any school
  • 2 year scholarships available at any school
  • Scholarship offerings tied closely to academic
    course requirements

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What is the students obligation?
  • Accepting an ROTC Nursing scholarship entails
    signing a contract with the American Taxpayer
  • Commits to a total of 8 years has options
  • In exchange for 2, 3, or 4 years of college
    tuition and stipend, the graduate nurse agrees to
    serve on active duty for a period of 4 years
  • After the obligation phase, may choose to stay
    on active duty or leave active service

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What is the students obligation?
  • If choose to leave the service, have an
    additional obligation which can be fulfilled by
  • Participating with the Army Reserves or state
    National Guard in a unit position monthly
    drills, 2 weeks annual training
  • Being a member of the IRR Individual Ready
    Reserve no monthly drills, potential to
    participate in annual training, available in case
    of national emergency

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Nurse Corps Salary Yearly totals(San Antonio,
w/ dependents)
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Non-salary benefits
  • Full medical for employee and family no monthly
    fees (savings of 300-500/month over civilian
    plans)
  • Full dental for employee, family coverage for
    25/mo
  • 30 days paid vacation/year
  • 10 Federal holidays/year
  • Unlimited sick leave when validated by military
    provider
  • 250,000 life insurance for 16.25/mo (any age)
  • Lifetime benefits for family if die on active duty

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In conclusion.
The Army Nurse Corps offers Education
now Ongoing education Leadership
opportunities Competitive salary package
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