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- May 22, '12 by aura_of_lauraIn response to RayRN87:
Four years of civilian RN (not BSN) experience are needed to come in as an O-2. You get 50% credit for any civilian nursing experience.
You don't need to work med-surg first. L & D is one of the specialties that they funnel new grads into. The competition for specialties varies based on the needs of the Air Force - right now there is a push to increase psych RN positions by 50% in the next few years. Flight nursing is highly competitive, with many nurses waiting years to get a spot. L&D, not so much.
From the description of your program, it doesn't sound like you would be qualified to join the AF until you complete it, unless they issue you a BSN part of the way through. And even then, it wouldn't be a good option - once you commission as a 46N, you're not guaranteed an NP slot just because you get the degree, and you could find yourself in a job you clearly don't want.
In the Air Force, you'd probably work in the clinics for than a hospital - NPs tend to be used for primary care more than hospitalists. Are you getting your DNP? That's also a big factor. I don't know that I've heard of an NP getting deployed as an RN, but I know other types of APRNs do - I've known several CNSs who have had to work the floor, and any advanced role they wanted to pursue (like staff education) was an extra duty.
If you want to work with TBI and TBI research, I'll pass on the info my Chief Nurse told me - go Green. The Army is much more on the cutting edge of TBI stuff, and there are more opportunities to get hands-on experience. The vast majority of TBI patients I see are young veterans, not active duty, and usually not Air Force.Last edit by aura_of_laura on May 22, '12
- May 22, '12 by Medik231Thank's for the info aura...the primary reason I'm interested in the AF is that they actually have an ACNP job, whereas the Navy and Army both only utilize FNP's....I will not be getting my DNP (just yet, that is)..
- May 22, '12 by wtbcrnaQuote from aura_of_lauraThis is true unless you go through an AFIT program, if you go through the AFIT you are basically guaranteed at least one assignment as an NP.And even then, it wouldn't be a good option - once you commission as a 46N, you're not guaranteed an NP slot just because you get the degree, and you could find yourself in a job you clearly don't want.
- May 22, '12 by wtbcrnaQuote from Medik231Anyone considering an NP in the military should seriously consider getting their DNP. The military programs are moving forward with the AACN initiative to have all APNs have their DNP/clinical doctorates. I think USUHS is adding their last DNP program this summer, and all the military run APN programs will now be DNP programs.Thank's for the info aura...the primary reason I'm interested in the AF is that they actually have an ACNP job, whereas the Navy and Army both only utilize FNP's....I will not be getting my DNP (just yet, that is)..
- May 24, '12 by Medik231Well DNP is my overall goal but I gotta take baby steps... I'm not even an RN yet haha
- May 30, '12 by JustADreamGood morning,
I can't find this information anywhere- I even e-mailed the HC recruiter and haven't heard anything. Does the RN-BSN program need to be a brick-and-mortar school that I attend locally (such as Florida State University for example) or if it could be an out-of-state/national program online (such as Western Governors University)? I want to make sure that the school I go to doesn't affect my chances of being selected for direct commission somehow.
- May 30, '12 by anne_marie_oregonHello, I am wondering if it is possible to do a ride-along with a flight nurse for the Air Force Reserves? I am an RN to BSN student and would like to see if Air Force Reserves flight nursing is for me. Thank you!
- May 30, '12 by aura_of_lauraI'd recommend checking with your local reserve or ANG unit - that's something that varies by location, can't say I've ever seen it done by active duty units.
- May 31, '12 by anne_marie_oregonHi aura_of_laura :-) Thx for the reply. I am going to check with my local reserve unit. How do you like air force nursing? Have you had opportunities to travel? Lots of opportunities for advancement? Good training opportunities? Thanks for any info! I have heard it is best to go Reserves if I want to do flight nursing because the reserves do more of that than active duty in the air force, is that true?
- Jun 15, '12 by heirn13Are there any AF NICU nurses out there that can give me some insight into career opportunities? I am interested in advancing but it seems as though that might be difficult with my speciality. Any words of advice?