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Wayne Overly
Lieutenant Commander, Nurse Corps
U.S. Navy (ret.)
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emergency Dept.
VA San Diego Hospital
Military services with nurses
Army
Air Force
Navy
Coast Guard served by PHS
(reserves, guard covered separately)
Average new grad RN salary in
San Diego is $69,000
Benefits of military nursing
 Job security
 All nursing specialties
 Regular promotions, career progression to leadership
 Up to $15,000 annually for specialty certification pay
 Free medical and dental benefits for member/dependents
 Retirement
 VA benefits
 On-base shopping (exchange, commissary), gyms
 Military discounts (on and off base)
 Travel opportunities (moves paid for)
Benefits (cont’d)
 Housing assistance (provided or pay)
 VA home loan
 Continuing education (full pay and tuition)
 30 days paid vacation annually
 10 federal holidays annually
 Not a democracy
Pay rates
 $34,860 first year ($60,500 with extras)
 $62,000 ($91,000at 4 years)
 Sea pay, imminent danger pays
Requirements
 U.S. citizen
 Age 20-34 (up to 47 for reserves)
 Pass physical fitness requirements
Navy Hospitals & clinics
 California
- San Diego
- Cp. Pendleton
- 29 Palms
- Lemoore
 Florida
- Jacksonville
- Pensacola
 Hawaii (clinic)
 Illinois (N. Chicago)
 Maryland
- Walter Reed
- Annapolis, Patuxent River clinics
 N. Carolina
- Cp. Lejune
- Cherry Point
 Rhode Island (clinic)
 S. Carolina
- Beaufort
- Charleston
 Texas (clinic Corpus Christi)
 Virginia
 Washington
- Bremerton
- Oak Harbor
Overseas Navy facilities
 Cuba
 Guam
 Japan, Okinawa
 Italy (Naples, Sigonella)
 Spain
Non-traditional assignments
 Teach at Hospital Corps school, FMSS, fleet hospital
 Shipboard (carrier, LHA/LHD, hospital ship)
 Fleet Marines
 Recruiting
Drawbacks of military nursing
Frequent moves
May be called into harm’s way
Drawbacks of military nursing
 84 hour work every 2 weeks
No charge, overtime or holiday pay
Cannot quit
Big bureaucracy
Not a democracy
VA careers
 Largest healthcare system in the U.S.
 152 medical centers
 1400 clinics, including Philippines,
Guam, Samoa, Puerto Rico, Virgin
Islands
VA benefits
 Pay
- $66,783, promotions every 2 years usually
- Nurse 2, step 2 makes $90,702
- Double time for holidays, 1.5 for overtime
- 10% extra for PM/nights, 25% for weekends
- critical care pay, award pay
VA benefits
 medical, dental, life, TSP
 retirement (can buy back military service)
 5 weeks leave, 104 hours sick leave annually
 loan repayment, NNEI
 veteran hiring preference
VA drawbacks
 No pediatrics
 Very little OB
 Must be citizen
 Bigger bureaucracy
 Veteran hiring preference
 No charge RN pay
 80 hour work week
Further Navy info
 LCDR Derrick LeBeau (224) 280-2490
[email protected]
VA/federal jobs
 www.usajobs.org

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