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Old 07-19-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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Talking Day-2-Day/ Traumatic?

I have always been interested in the field but I have a strange question. If I choose HM, how often if at all would I be put in a position where I have to see people with broken bones? I dont know what the day-to-day tasks are, other than seeing them take vitals and such. Im not afraid of blood, but I hate seeing people in a ton of pain. Im okay with helping in the labor and delivery because that stuff doesnt scare me either.

Im sorry if I sound crazy trying to get into a field that has opportunities for me to see things that I may not want to see. LoL
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Depends on the command for sure, like every job. They see it all. My brother is an HM2(FMF) and I have heard plenty of stories from him and his buddies.

If there's any part of you that's not %100 in it I might look into something else.
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Completely depends on where you end up. You could end up doing emergency room work or maybe in the pharmacy or dental.

No matter where you end up they're going to train you for the job you're expected to do. They aren't just going to throw you in there and expect you to perform without being taught first.

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so how long is A-School then if HM's do it all? LoL
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I'm in A-school right now, I actually graduate Tuesday, and I've been here since April 3d. If that gives you any idea
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so how long is A-School then if HM's do it all? LoL
1. We learn only the foundation knowledge in a school.. our rate is very very ojt heavy and produces a broader array of skillsets then arguably any other rate

2. Idcs truly do it all. And that nec is a 400 day school followed by clinicals and is hands down one of the hardest programs an enlisted individual in the navy can participate in in terms of academics right up with nuke school.

3. Yes you see blood bones vomit and death.. but youll get used to it.. trust me... the navy has techniques to fix sqeamishness
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1. We learn only the foundation knowledge in a school.. our rate is very very ojt heavy and produces a broader array of skillsets then arguably any other rate

2. Idcs truly do it all. And that nec is a 400 day school followed by clinicals and is hands down one of the hardest programs an enlisted individual in the navy can participate in in terms of academics right up with nuke school.

3. Yes you see blood bones vomit and death.. but youll get used to it.. trust me... the navy has techniques to fix sqeamishness
Thank you for all the info What is an IDC? and what does the Navy do to fix the sqeamishness?
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Thank you for all the info What is an IDC? and what does the Navy do to fix the sqeamishness?
Idc are the highest level of corpsman. They diagnose and treat patients without medical supervision of a doctor or nurse. Qualified applicants e5 or higher apply and can be selected for the program. As for fixing squeamishness ill let that ne a suprise lol
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As far as "fixing the squeamishness" it cant be "fixed" but it gets better over time. Some get used to it fast, others don't. I may not be a HM, but I am a vet tech and I have seen some of the kids that intern with us faint, vomit and basically turn green...my own boys had to get used to it rather fast as we raise livestock and we home butcher...you might find it isn't so much what you see, but the smells...just know it does get easier over time.
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As far as "fixing the squeamishness" it cant be "fixed" but it gets better over time. Some get used to it fast, others don't. I may not be a HM, but I am a vet tech and I have seen some of the kids that intern with us faint, vomit and basically turn green...my own boys had to get used to it rather fast as we raise livestock and we home butcher...you might find it isn't so much what you see, but the smells...just know it does get easier over time.
Thank you so much for the advice! I have always wanted to be an RN and I feel that I think Ill do well, but I dont do well with knowing bones are out of place LoL But I think Ill get used to it.
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As far as "fixing the squeamishness" it cant be "fixed" but it gets better over time. Some get used to it fast, others don't. I may not be a HM, but I am a vet tech and I have seen some of the kids that intern with us faint, vomit and basically turn green...my own boys had to get used to it rather fast as we raise livestock and we home butcher...you might find it isn't so much what you see, but the smells...just know it does get easier over time.
Vicks vapor rub is good for smells.. as far as fixing goes alot of hm instructors and idcs would disagree. Im highly reluctant to talk about it simply because the navy is looking real hard at some of the practices employed in the organization. The line between training and hazing is getting very thin and i aint try˝ be a part of that struggle right ˝ow. Eg is repeatedly exposing someone with a tendency to vag out during needle sticks to venipuncture appropriate? How about giving the guy that hates feces every c diff pt on the floor? Some things are effective but also bring into play moral and legal implications that are above my paygrade. I will say hm is a great rate.. and if you really are too squeamish for pt care and you voice that opposition theres departments you can cruise in that dont involve blood. I.e. patient admin.
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