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    Can anyone tell me the current need for CRNA's in the AF? I am planning on commissioning sometime before I graduate, but not sure why my nurse recruiter is not very good at returning emails or phone calls. Thanks
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    Quote from bradleyclose
    Can anyone tell me the current need for CRNA's in the AF? I am planning on commissioning sometime before I graduate, but not sure why my nurse recruiter is not very good at returning emails or phone calls. Thanks
    The process is very slow. It often takes months to get all the paperwork through. It would be nice if recruiters would send weekly update emails, but the truth is right now for them it is a seller's market with all the nurses trying to get in the military.

    The amount of CRNAs in the AF goes up and down, but right now I am pretty sure we around 90+%, but that is likely to change some in the summer with some CRNAs getting out.

    I would make alternate plans for a job just in case all your paperwork isn't done by graduation, but just don't sign any contactual agreements and do not mention that you are trying to get in the AF.
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    I would make alternate plans for a job just in case all your paperwork isn't done by graduation, but just don't sign any contactual agreements and do not mention that you are trying to get in the AF.
    By all means - lie to your potential employer. That will go over well should you ever decide to return to that area.

    Keep in mind that hospital credentialing is not a swift process either. Hospitals in my area routinely take 2-3 months for credentialing, because they actually check references and wait for schools to send verification of graduation.
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    Quote from jwk
    By all means - lie to your potential employer. That will go over well should you ever decide to return to that area. Keep in mind that hospital credentialing is not a swift process either. Hospitals in my area routinely take 2-3 months for credentialing, because they actually check references and wait for schools to send verification of graduation.
    Not mentioning is not the same as lying. You must keep in mind that many contracts require you to give 90 days notice before quitting as well. So add that with credentialing making it 3-5 months.
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    @ wtbcrna : So you are saying it would better to pursue it in the summer months when the numbers drop? I do not graduate until December 2015 with my MSN and will have 3 months left for my DNAP. Any suggestions on when to commission and when to be very persistent?
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    Not mentioning is not the same as lying. You must keep in mind that many contracts require you to give 90 days notice before quitting as well. So add that with credentialing making it 3-5 months.
    Sure it is. There are errors of Omission and COmmision.

    Just speaking from an employer standpoint - if we hire you and go to the effort and expense to credential you (we incur our own credentialling costs, as well as pay the hospital a fee for credentialling), and then you turn around and leave for another job you were planning to go to all along, military or otherwise - you can bet that we would be less than happy about that, and if you did by chance come back to the area looking for a job in the future, we would not consider hiring you back based on your previous unprofessional behavior.
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    Quote from bradleyclose
    Can anyone tell me the current need for CRNA's in the AF? I am planning on commissioning sometime before I graduate, but not sure why my nurse recruiter is not very good at returning emails or phone calls. Thanks
    There's a good chance that they have filled their slots. Not sure about the AF but the Army starts signing people in Oct and it fills up quickly. If you don't graduate until 2015 then I would wait a little while.
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    Okay, I am now learning that it is very competitive. I am at a GREAT program. What are some ways to make myself a competitive applicant in the AF?
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    The reason I am searching this out now is so that "omission and commission" does not happen. I don't want to leave someone high and dry even if I am never returning to the area to practice. I just have to figure out how to get into the AF. And if its not an option come 2016, then I will have made back up plans.
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    Quote from jwk
    By all means - lie to your potential employer. That will go over well should you ever decide to return to that area.

    Keep in mind that hospital credentialing is not a swift process either. Hospitals in my area routinely take 2-3 months for credentialing, because they actually check references and wait for schools to send verification of graduation.
    It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against someone based on military status, but it happens frequently.
    Getting a job after graduation is more important than telling a future employer that you may or may not being joining the military.
    JWK why don't you tell us how you handled the process of joining the military as a commissioned officer with the months to sometimes years of processing time. I would love to hear all about your military experience as an commissioned officer.
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