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- LOL, 350-400 students does seem like a lot, but we usually only take courses with the people in our class so I've never had a course with more than 130 people in it. It's starting to get to the point in our program where my class is getting split up a lot and the courses are getting down to only having around 50 or less students.
The essay I mentioned is just 9 questions where they ask about why you chose the Air Force, why nursing as a profession, what you have to offer them, etc. You didn't have to do anything like that?
If I'm selected as a new grad, no I won't have to have any experience after graduating. I would graduate, take/pass the NCLEX, and then would go right to COT. After COT new grads go to the Nurse Transition Program where you get more clinical experience and instruction (I think it is around 10 weeks long). After NTP I would then go on to my first duty station. If I don't get selected as a new grad I would have to get at least 6 months of experience after graduating and then apply for the fully qualified boards.
Yes, I'll also be trying for med/surg. I believe new grads have the option of choosing between med/surg and OB. I've heard that if you go into OB then it is difficult to switch later and your opportunities are more limited. I've also had a lot of nurses tell me that it is good to start out in med/surg to get a wide variety of experiences. I don't think med/surg is something I would want to stay in forever, but its seems like a better starting point then OB.
- Oh ok. Yes, I had to answer those questions too. The whole application process is so extensive! I'm glad to be done with that. Also, be glad that you're getting it done earlier, besides some odds and ends, because the sooner your done then you won't have to worry about it.
Oh, that's good then. *You should say when you pass the NCLEX and get in. It's seems like the first year for new grads is pretty busy. I'm sure it's really good experience though.
I heard with med/surg you also have more options such as base location. And with any of the specialities you are a little more limited. It is good to start in med/surg (I would also say the ER or ICU for those who absolutely know they do not want to do med/surg). If I had really thought about it I probably would have went to the ICU or ER after I graduated. I love oncology but now it's kind of hard to switch into different areas. I do know I want no parts of OB, LOL.
What bases are you thinking about selecting?
- You're right, I should say when I pass NCLEX and get in! Although sometimes it is hard to think like that since you hear so much about people not getting selected...It can be very intimidating!
I am happy with being able to get some of it done earlier. There are a few of the questions on the "essay" part that I'm having a little trouble with, so it's good I have some extra time. How was your chief nurse interview? I think that's one of the things I'm the most worried about.
Having more base options with med/surg will definitely be a plus. I think that if I don't get selected and have to get a civilian job for a little while I would go for ER over med/surg...and I definitely feel the same as you as far as staying away from OB as much as possible.
As far as bases go, I have quite a few places I'd be ok with - Travis, Lackland, anything around DC, or anything in FL. If I had to go overseas I think Germany or Italy (not completely sure they have nurses in Italy) would be my first two choices. What about you?
- Have you heard of many people not getting selected? I haven't really heard either way so now I'm curious. My CNO interview went well, I think. It started off rough for me having to sign paperwork in the morning then driving 2 hours to the interview on Dec. 30th (traffic was crazy since people were going out of town for NYE, I guess). But it was very lax and we did more talking then actual interview type questions. The LtCol I interview is a really good mentor. She did ask why did I wanted to join the AF. We talked about base selection and she recommended some places that I should consider going. From what I read on here you should make sure that you know AF mission and core values. Also why you want to join the AF.
For my selections, I more so just put states instead of actual bases. I put Hawaii, California, Langley AFB (VA), Arizona, Georgia, Puerto Rico. Overseas: Guam, Ramstein AFB (Germany), Japan, Italy. But now after talking with the CNO, she suggested some other bases and now I want to possibly change some of my selections.
- I don't really know what to think about the selection rates - I've heard the AF really needs nurses and it's almost a shoe-in, but then I've also heard that they don't need as many as before because of the bad economy forcing people to stay in longer than they might if the economy was good. I guess it also has to do with the budget, the time of year, etc. I've thought about asking my recruiter the selection rates, but in a way it's probably better not to know.
It's good to hear that most people seem to find the CNO interview to be pretty relaxed. Like you said, I have seen a lot of people mention knowing the AF mission and core values along with why you want to join the AF.
What other bases did the CNO suggest to you?
- Oh...I did hear that it is really competitive right now. From reading the other post on here, most of the people seemed to get in. Only a few didn't. She mentioned Kessler, Eglin, BAMC, and I think one in Ohio.
- Jan 21, '12 by YammarFor the new Grad...You can use classmates for reference if you all passed your NCLEX. It is just a letter reinforcing your clinical abilities and I do not recall any questions regarding thoe person filling out the reference.