Air Force Nursing Corps - page 3

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Hello, I'm Sergeant Josh Hopper and I work with the Air Force Nursing Corps for Ohio and Indiana. If any of you have ever had any questions feel free to post them. One question I get alot is about our MSN scholarships. We pay... Read More


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    HELLO SSGT Hopper,

    when going to school and working on base. what happens to the schooling if you get deployed? do most people just do their MSN online that way they can still do it overseas, or do you put school on hold till you get back to the states-how does that work?
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    Hello sir,.im a new grad nurse with only a little experience and i am interested in joining AF, but im not yet a US citizen, my question is:
    1.will i be able to commissioned as an officer?
    2.what are the learning opportunities in joining AF?
    3.what are nurse transition program all about?

    I would really appreciate if you can answer my questions. Thank you in Advance
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    Hi Josh,

    I just turned 22 and am in my Junior year in Nursing school at the University of Connecticut. Is there a way I can get started on applying for commission, as to expedite the process of applying and earning direct commission? I am an alumna of the US Senate Youth Program and have intended to commit to the Armed Forces since my experience there 4 years ago. As class president I have a former nurse corps member as a nursing professor and class adviser, and she said that she committed during her Senior year of undergrad.

    My other question is regarding the Nurse Transition Program. Does this apply to civilian nursing students in BSN programs, or only current active duty AF nurses?

    Thank you kindly,
    KNA
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    Josh,

    I will be graduating from a BSN program in California in May 2013. I found out about my school's Air Force ROTC program too late and wasn't able to take advantage. When would be a good time for be to start getting things going if I have a little over a year to go before graduating?

    Thanks,

    Kat
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    I was hoping to have some questions answered. Thank you for offering!
    I would like to join the Airforce, but was hoping to be able to go into Labor and Delivery. I have been an RN for 2 years, and have critical care experience. I realize at first I will need to work in a medical surgical floor, but was wondering how competitive are the specialties? How likely will I be allowed to go into the field I want to go into?

    thank you for your help!
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    I have been a nurse for 3 years, I recieved my BSN may 2011 but have been practicing with an ADN since may of 2009, will the air force count my RN experience prior to my BSN? And how many years of RN experience is required to commission at O-2 first lt? I'd really appreciate the info, thanks
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    Hello all,

    So, I was really hoping to individually PM the three people contributing information to this thread (as the disagreements are kinda leading to confusion), buuuut I don't know how.

    That being said, I'm REALLY hoping someone sees this because I'm really interested in joining and need some info. I emailed the AF healthcare recruiter in my city the other day but no answer yet. I can't find the time to go into the office either because I work full time and am not quite near the office.

    My question involves a quick story, so please bear with me.

    I was recently accepted into University of Illinois-Chicago's graduate entry nurse practitioner program. The program is designed for people that already hold a bachelor's degree in something other than nursing (I have a BS in Bio) but would like to switch careers and become a nurse practitioner. I am accepted into the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP program. The program works as such: the first 15 months of the program is an intense pre-RN program that, when completed, will allow me to challenge the NCLEX. I will not receive a BSN or ADN or ASN or any other degree, simply my RN. Once completed, I enter the MS in Nursing program and learn to become an ACNP. This phase of the program can be done either full time or part time.

    So I have two questions.
    1. Can I join the AF while in this program? And, if so, at what point? Would I be able to join to get financial assistance while I go through the pre-RN phase, or would I have to wait until I enter the MS in Nursing phase? Or would I be so unlucky as to have to wait to finish the program all together?
    2. As an ACNP in the AF, what role would I fill? Would I mainly work stateside in a hospitalist role? Or would I be able to be deployed to a field hospital to fill a more trauma based role? (I have 5 years as a firefighter paramedic, so treating trauma still interests me). I also have an extensive background in neuroscience, as my concentration was in neuro during my undergrad and I've been working for the the past 4 years in two different laboratories researching traumatic brain injury, so would an ACNP be able to fill a role related to that?

    Thank you very much to whomever can answer these questions for me. I really hope to hear the good news I want to hear. And if anyone could explain to me how to PM, that would be pretty freakin sweet!

    Kev
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    Quote from Medik231
    Hello all,

    So, I was really hoping to individually PM the three people contributing information to this thread (as the disagreements are kinda leading to confusion), buuuut I don't know how.

    That being said, I'm REALLY hoping someone sees this because I'm really interested in joining and need some info. I emailed the AF healthcare recruiter in my city the other day but no answer yet. I can't find the time to go into the office either because I work full time and am not quite near the office.

    My question involves a quick story, so please bear with me.

    I was recently accepted into University of Illinois-Chicago's graduate entry nurse practitioner program. The program is designed for people that already hold a bachelor's degree in something other than nursing (I have a BS in Bio) but would like to switch careers and become a nurse practitioner. I am accepted into the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP program. The program works as such: the first 15 months of the program is an intense pre-RN program that, when completed, will allow me to challenge the NCLEX. I will not receive a BSN or ADN or ASN or any other degree, simply my RN. Once completed, I enter the MS in Nursing program and learn to become an ACNP. This phase of the program can be done either full time or part time.

    So I have two questions.
    1. Can I join the AF while in this program? And, if so, at what point? Would I be able to join to get financial assistance while I go through the pre-RN phase, or would I have to wait until I enter the MS in Nursing phase? Or would I be so unlucky as to have to wait to finish the program all together?
    2. As an ACNP in the AF, what role would I fill? Would I mainly work stateside in a hospitalist role? Or would I be able to be deployed to a field hospital to fill a more trauma based role? (I have 5 years as a firefighter paramedic, so treating trauma still interests me). I also have an extensive background in neuroscience, as my concentration was in neuro during my undergrad and I've been working for the the past 4 years in two different laboratories researching traumatic brain injury, so would an ACNP be able to fill a role related to that?

    Thank you very much to whomever can answer these questions for me. I really hope to hear the good news I want to hear. And if anyone could explain to me how to PM, that would be pretty freakin sweet!

    Kev
    1. I don't think you will be able to join/get financial assistance (HPSP) until you start the MSN/ACNP portion otherwise you would be signing up as normal 46N(floor nurse). You would need to check with a healthcare recruiter just to be sure though.
    2. The only ACNP I have worked filled in as educational specialist/trainer in the ICU, but I do know that some of the bigger military ICUs are utilizing them more in the their traditional hospitalist format. I doubt you would ever get deployed ACNP. You would probably deploy as normal nurse (46N3) instead. If you want to work with TBI research you would need to go back and get your PhD.
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    Great thank's for the information!
    I am not necessarily interested in researching TBI as much as working in some sort of neuro critical care aspect.
    Another question you made me remember is, would there ever be a situation in which I would be reassigned to be an RN if I do have my ACNP? I don't want to go through all of the trouble to get my ACNP and then be required to work as an RN. I understand that it's all the needs of the military but is that a common practice?

    Thanks again for all the info!
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    Quote from Medik231
    Great thank's for the information!
    I am not necessarily interested in researching TBI as much as working in some sort of neuro critical care aspect.
    Another question you made me remember is, would there ever be a situation in which I would be reassigned to be an RN if I do have my ACNP? I don't want to go through all of the trouble to get my ACNP and then be required to work as an RN. I understand that it's all the needs of the military but is that a common practice?

    Thanks again for all the info!
    Yes, you could still be assigned as RN even if you are an ACNP. I think with the new AFSC coding system it is becoming more unusual, but as always the needs of the AF come first (which often translates into what your Chief Nurse and Squadron CC want).


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