Additional Military Orientation for the Experienced Nurse: A Guide Developed to Bridge the Gap From Civilian Nurse to Navy Nurse Corps Officer
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIV CA SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
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The experienced professional nurse entering the Navy Nurse Corps is operating on two levels as an expert in the nursing field but a novice in the military arena. Although needing little clinical orientation, these nurses need timely, extensive military familiarization to help them function as mid-level junior officers. They are quickly expected to function as above entry level nurses and officers as well as provide leadership and guidance for more junior officers and enlisted staff. Personal interviews and group discussions with several of these experienced nurses new to the Navy at Naval Hospital San Diego confirmed the feelings of inadequacy in dealing with the military system. Topics and concerns about personnel matters, professional growth, and understanding the Navy organization itself were voiced repeatedly.
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