Quote from Smash567
So currently I am on scholarship with my local AFROTC detachment and am going to commission in FY 2012 with a BSN degree. Because our detachement has only around 4 nurses including myself, little to no information gets out to us about what to expect within the coming year of our nursing career. We are set to find out our bases, but we first have to fill out our "dream sheet." Our detachment Colonel is telling us that we only have 10 base options:
Andrews AFB, Washington, D.C.
Eglin AFB, Florida
Ellendorf AFB, Alaska
Keesler AFB, Mississippi
Lacland AFB, Texas
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany
Langley AFB, Virginia
Nellis AFB, Nevada
Travis AFB, California
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Are these in fact the only bases we have to choose from? Just a general overview of what to expect as a new grad in the Air Force would be great! Will we be working on a MedSurg floor? How long until we can attempt to specialize? What are the chances of getting a base oversees right out of ROTC? Aren't there bases also in Italy and England? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks
Andrews AFB is in Virginia near DC. It is very small and unless you have a personal reason to go there it will do nothing to improve your nursing skills. I suspect at some point it will become nothing more than a clinic.
Eglin is nice size AF hospital. It keeps fairly busy, and the location is great if you like the beaches.
Elmendorf is a decent size AF/Army/VA hospital. We keep relatively busy, but the pace is still much slower than most civilian hospitals. You can expect 4-5pts of low acuity if you work on the med-surg floor here. Don't believe all the stories you hear about Alaska...
Keesler AFB has not been the same since hurricane Katrina, and the only reason it didn't close is because of politics.
Lackland is merging with BAMC it is one of the biggest DOD hospitals and you can expect a large teaching hospital atmosphere. San Antonio is great area too.
Landstuhl is the largest DOD hospital overseas. It is the where all the wounded usually go initially from Afghanistan and Iraq. You can expect to stay busy. Many people love living Germany.
Langley is medium size AF hospital, but I don't know a lot about that particular base.
Nellis is AF/VA joint hospital and is medium size hospital. It right there on there in Las Vegas if that is the type of thing you like.
Travis AFB is teaching hospital. It is a medium size hospital by AF standards.
Wright Patterson is small to medium size facility. It is a teaching hospital but most of the students/residents spend most of their time on rotations. Dayton Ohio is nice family town.
I don't know if any of that helps, but it should get you started.
I have been stationed at Sheppard, Keesler, NNMC/USUHS (near Andrews), and now I am at Elmendorf.