Quote from double_minority
I'd like to hear more about your New Grad experience in as an Air Force nurse corps. For example, how well in advance did you start applying? How long was it in between graduating and getting in the Air Force? What was said by the recruiter? The promises? The facts? How are the perceptors? How are new grad looked upon? I presume your is rank 0-2? And...man, I don't even know what else to ask :-)
I hope you don't mind giving us some more insights
So far my New Grad experience in the AF has been very positive and the preceptors & floors that I've come in contact with have been so helpful and willing to teach but I can't speak for other new grads. I think it really is luck of the draw bc many preceptors that I've talked to don't necessarily "volunteer" to be one.
My situation was somewhat abnormal as my nursing application for the the AF was a last minute decision. I graduated in May and started my application a week later in preparation for the July boards (which was due late June). I know most ppl get their application ready waaay in advance as there is a lot to it (MEPS, chief nurse interview etc.) I found out the results the first week of August. My recruiter was great and everything he said that would happen, has happened. I don't know whether your experience will be similar, but again it all depends on the person you get.
New grad nurses all start off as an 0-1, which is fine with me since I'm totally new to the military and still need to acclimate myself to both nursing and the AF. But even with prior enlisted service, as a new RN, you'll still be a Second lieutenant.
I hope some of this info helps!