I don’t understand why the Army will only get you a rank of E-5, to Licensed RN’s with an Associate degree in Nursing (ASN)?? Most of the time, the ASN will up training/orient a new BSN!! In addition, it doesn’t seem right, They all take the same f**king test, and by the time (2 years) a BSN hits the floor, the ASN already has 2 years of experience!! All you need to ask yourself, do you want a RN with an ASN, who has 2 experience or would you put your trust in a newly graduated BSN (who is just began their Nursing Career) on the floor & is being most likely to be proctored by the ASN (& has to baby the new RN, since they are only E-5, versus the butter bar (O-1). I believe that the only way the Army & other services, should automatically become a CWO!! If you are trying to retain RN’s, this is the only way you are going to keep nurses in the service!! The advantage of making them CWO’s is they would be officers, with higher pay, options for them to become a BSN, increased respect from others, you will decrease the slight, when they are assigned to proctor a new graduate. ASN’s will easily be retained (personal opinion - it will give them a pathway, for a career in the service. They could start as CWO-2, and may never leave, since they would be promotable to CWO-5 & this would keep them in for twenty years!! At that point, they then go back to school & and obtain the education they would want, to climb in the civilian world!! I have been to the 82nd & 101st, & seen the ASN’s have part-time jobs, and get paid 1.5-2.0 times higher than the service!! I can guarantee that there would be a better retention rate of RN’s ( again, I just want you to remember that an ASN & BSN, take the same National Board, to get a RN license!!)!! Plus they make Physician Assistant’s (PA) are CWO’s, where as RN, have a lot more education (I have worked with several, but everything they do, must be co-signed by a MD. RN’s can take a telephone MD order & then would have to Co-sign it (low and behold, kind of similar). Plus, anyone can become a PA, as long as they have BA or BS, then can become a PA within 18 months. It’s incredible that a PA can have a BA/BS, even in English (I worked with one that have a BA). It is part of the reason the medical field has been slowly eliminating the use of PA’s. Comments please!!
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