I have recently completed a joint masters degree MSN/MPH degree and I am now looking into becoming a Nurse Anesthesist. I am a BSN prepared nurse, and I also have been a telemetry nurse since 2011.
I am also interested in joining the military, perhaps the Air Force or Army, because of the chance to continue to serve those who need me, in addition to the educational benefits, and I have a few questions:
1) Should I become an active duty nurse in the military now, or get a year of critical care experience before joining, if I want the military to pay for nurse anesthesia school? How many years must you commit in order to receive HPSP? What are the benefits, if any, to becoming a critical care nurse and getting a year of experience before joining the military?
2) How does the timing work with joining the military and going to school, as a nurse? Can I join as a nurse and go to school right away? Or must I work as a nurse at a military hospital for a certain amount of time to be able to go to nurse anesthesia school?
3) Can I join as a telemetry nurse and get critical care experience, or must I get that experience before I join?
4) Has anyone here on the boards joined the military as a nurse and gotten their advanced education paid for? If so, are there any helpful hints that you may be able to share?
5) Which military branch is best to join in order to receive the best educational benefits?