Air Force Nursing Corps - page 5

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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    Hi Heirn13, I was just told by my recruiter this month that they are looking for NICU nurses now. I am not sure about career advancement for that specialty as I am not in NICU myself, but I understand that the Corps offers exceptional advanced training. Best of luck to you!

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    Can i enlist for active duty with an rn degree, take rn to bsn classes while on active duty then join the nurse corps once i have my bsn ???
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    Quote from aspiringafnurse
    Can i enlist for active duty with an rn degree, take rn to bsn classes while on active duty then join the nurse corps once i have my bsn ???
    . You could but there is no guarantee that you would be able to do the classes, work in the medical field as an enlisted, and even if it worked out it would take at least a couple of years to go that route after basic training. You would have to go through basic training, complete tech training, usually get your 5 level done all before your supervisor will usually allow you to start taking college classes. In other words I wouldn't recommend it. Get a job as rn. Then get your bsn. That way your rn experience will count towards rank when you do commission.
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    Hi Aura,
    Im currently a LVN and was planning to join the reserves.
    I want to pursue to get my BSN while serving in the military.(Through a LVN to BSN bridge program; which is around 2yrs)
    Is this all possible, going in as a Enlistee and getting my BSN?
    What kind of job would be available for me in the reserve with my LVN? Or what work should i be doing since i want to pursue my nursing career?

    *LVN to BSN then take the NCLEXRN to get my RN (Plan)
    Last edit by dannyi2yu on Nov 23, '12
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    TSgt Hopper,

    I'm glad you posted here because I have a couple questions for you. First, a little background. I am an active duty Master Sergeant and a Registered Nurse. I'm 40 years old and I've been in the AF for 20 years and 7 months and I've had my RN for 2 years and 6 months. I have my BSN and I applied for the Direct Enlisted Commissioning program for the Nurse Corps. I just found out earlier this week that I was selected and will be commissioned as a nurse. So, right now I'm just waiting for a COT class date.

    My questions are:

    1. What rank will I be once I leave for COT? I can't seem to find a good, direct answer from any of the AFIs that I've researched.
    2. Will I have to attend the NTP since I'm already and experienced nurse or will I go directly to a follow on location?
    3. What is the likelihood of of getting my number 1 selection for my follow on?

    I appreciate your time and look foward to your answers.

    Erocknels
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    Hello,
    I know this post is over 1 year old but I thought I would try. I am an RN-BSN with 12 years of experience in the civilian sector. I will be going back to school this fall to pursue my MSN (FNP), afterwhich, I will immediately transition into the DNP program. I am very interested in joining the military but would like to speak to someone. I have tried on multiple attempts to contact a recruiter and even have called the 800#. I'm looking for options for both AD and reserves. Currently working on at an AF base, so I was wondering if each base has healthcare recruiters? Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thanks
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    what position can you work until you get your degree
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    Hello sergeant hopper,
    If I enter the airforce after becoming a NP will the airforce repay my loans and how much will they repay, and how long will I have to serve?
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    Quote from bra-mi21
    Hello,
    I know this post is over 1 year old but I thought I would try. I am an RN-BSN with 12 years of experience in the civilian sector. I will be going back to school this fall to pursue my MSN (FNP), afterwhich, I will immediately transition into the DNP program. I am very interested in joining the military but would like to speak to someone. I have tried on multiple attempts to contact a recruiter and even have called the 800#. I'm looking for options for both AD and reserves. Currently working on at an AF base, so I was wondering if each base has healthcare recruiters? Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thanks
    Hi - I'm currently an Air Force captain and thought I'd do what I can to answer your questions.

    Health care recruiters are assigned by region and are VERY hard to get hold of; you have to be persistent in your efforts. Even when I came back on four years ago, my recruiter was covering parts of three states (yes, three!) and was even going into a fourth. You just have to be persistent.

    Call a local ENLISTED recruiter and ask them for a healthcare recruiter's number, but don't let them pull you into enlisting - that's not what you want. If the local recruiter is worth their salt they'll help you out. Just make it clear you want to commission and not enlist if they try to suck you in...they're good salesmen but don't let them do it.

    The Reserves recruit separately and you'd have to find a Reservist recruiter for details. Do the same thing with the Reservist recruiter I recommended for the regular AF recruiter.
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    Quote from Zmjack10
    what position can you work until you get your degree
    You'd be enlisted and you'd be wherever they needed you. Don't enlist if you want to be an RN/are working on your degree currently. You need to talk to a health professions recruiter.

    Let me do some digging next week - I know an enlisted recruiter and I wonder if he'd help me get numbers for different regions. Give me some time and I'll see if I can't help you folks out.

    Don't worry - I won't forget!


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