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... Read More
May 28, '13Captain Carolina,
I am an Air Force ROTC cadet that is scheduled to graduate with my BSN in December, but will not commission until May 2014. Because of my age I had to get an age waiver, which disqualified me from receiving a scholarship. My question to you is, can I still receive the sign on bonus, or loan repayment once I commission? Based on the paperwork that I have read, I should qualify, but my ROTC detachment is not sure on how this works. It has been a while since a nursing cadet has commissioned from this detachment.
May 28, '13I don't know the answer to that - but you're right in pursuing the details yourself. In four years I've met two ROTC RNs, and both have said that they really had to be on the ball most of the time because no one knew much about nurses (ROTC is where they get a very, very, VERY tiny proportion of the NC, which is why they know little to nothing - most RNs still come in direct commission).
What you want your cadre to do is call AFIT in Dayton and ask for the Nurse Corps Accessions office. If AFIT doesn't know (and it may take some digging), then you/the cadre need to call AFPC and ask for the Direct Accessions office.
If - and I do mean IF - I get some time tonight at work, I'll dig around AFPC's site and see if I can find some numbers for you, and I'll PM them to you - but please be patient. I know it's hard.
I do know that none of my bonus paperwork was squared away until I got to my first assignment - and that took me staying on top of folks. Direct accessions are, for some reason, constantly lost in the shuffle.
They are STILL offering the loan repayment to current RNs, even with the budget dance going on. This tells me that it's cheaper for them to retain than it is to recruit (that's always been a fiscal fact) and they're finally figuring this out. So at the very least there are repayment opportunities while on active duty that show no sign of going away. For some reason people do their commitment and separate - a lot - and the fact that they're still shelling out money in hopes of attracting qualified applicants tells me they're starting to look at dwindling numbers and they don't like it.
Jun 6, '13Hello, I an a BSN graduate this year and am considering joining the Air Force as a nurse. I am planning on taking my boards soon. I have a few questions that I am looking for answers too.
One, my significant other is currently an officer in the USAF and has been released to go to additional schooling for the next 3 years. If I join now would we get separated, other then the for the officer training school?
Two, Can I join the USAF if I have Lupus, which is a chronic disease? I am currently in remission.
Three, If I signed to join would my service time be 4 years if I do not do additional education.
Four, Are the entrance programs different if I sign up for loan repayment versus just signing up to join the USAF?
Fifth, If I am planning to start a family within the time of my service what would the impact be on my career and service time? Do you provide maternity leave and could I get deployed with an infant?
Thank you for providing accurate answers to all of the questions you are asked. I appreciate your time.
Jun 7, '13Lupus is completely disqualifying, remission or not. I'm sorry; the military won't take you with lupus. It is a preexisting medical condition that precludes you from worldwide assignment and deployment and the military views it as a medical liability. I am sorry, because you sound very interested.
I'll answer your questions, though, because they may help someone else:
1. Where you're sent after COT is determined by the USAF. If someone has a spouse that's on an AFIT slot, I wouldn't count on being where they are unless they're near an Air Force base.
2. I've already answered this.
3. Initial service commitments for direct commissions are three years with no bonus or loan repayment, four years with a bonus, and six years if both are accepted. As far as I know, these are still standing.
4. No - everyone comes in the same way; what one accept affects the length of the initial commitment.
5. Getting pregnant has no effect. Women get a maximum of eight weeks maternity leave if approved by your commander (six weeks is standard but one can ask for two additional). And yes, a woman could be separated from her infant: the deployment deferral is only six months post delivery. It used to be one year if you were breastfeeding, but they did away with that (disgraceful). If a woman requires extensive bed rest or convalescent leave as determined and ordered by a military physician, it counts as time served: there is no sick leave in the military, and she earns leave while on the bed rest.
A cool point is the active duty dad can get two weeks paternity leave after the birth, mission permitting.Last edit by carolinapooh on Jun 7, '13 : Reason: I thought it only fair to answer her other questions
Jun 20, '13Capt. Carolina/Sgt. Hopper
I'm now a BSN, RN and just recently finished my interview with CN. My question is how competitive is it to get in? How many spots are there for new grads? My recruiter said that boards will convene on the month of July and I should know by August if I'm in or not and the earliest I can leave for COT is January of next year. I have a 3.7 GPA, good physical fit no medical condition, resume is good, nothing too impressive really, recommendation letters are great, all my paperwork are all in order, I did good on my interview. I just want to know what are the chances of me actually getting in...
Jun 20, '13Hello,
Will the HPSP cover Generalist Entry Master's (GEM) programs such as this program at Rush University in Chicago? Not only that program at Rush, but programs of that type?
Also, can someone apply for the HPSP or NCP and be accepted when they do not have their acceptance yet? In particular, when a school is waiting for you to finish your prerequisites?
Aug 28, '13Just finished application for OR nurse, CNI done, MEPS on Friday. Anyone know how many slots are for OR?
Sep 5, '13Hi, I am a CNA and was seeing what I needed to join and become a nurse. I am really interested in becoming a nurse in the Air Force?
Nov 25, '13Hello Sgt. Hopper,
I am currently a registered nurse with 12 years of experience, mostly in ICU; I currently work as a flight nurse. I am very interested in going to CRNA school and I would love for the USAF to pay my way. How would this work? Would I go to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/ Military Nurse Anesthesia Program, in Maryland...and then have to repay my time?
Nov 26, '13I am sure others can help you but when it comes to Sgt Hopper, he hasn't reply here in months! Don't hold your breath nurse :-)
Feb 7, '14Sgt Hopper,
I have an associate degree in nursing with 5 years experience. I want more out of my nursing career and am highly interested in joining the Air Force. A few years ago there was an option for 2 year nurses but I can't find information on that anymore. I am guessing it is gone. Is there an option to sign on as an associate with the agreement that I will then complete schooling or do I have to go enlisted and do night school or bide my time until I've earned the right to then go to school? My thought is that, if I could sign up and get the tuition assistance, then I could greatly reduce my working hours and get my BSN knocked out. I've tried to get ahold of my local Air Force recruiter but he is never in the office and has yet to return my call. I'm really looking for some answers. Thank you.
Feb 7, '14Speaking as someone who just finished going through the application process this past year for the air force, I can tell you that they only take BSNs. The healthcare recruiters cover large regions, and they may ignore applicants who aren't eligible to apply. There are too many qualified applicants for a small number of spots. I have heard of associates degree nurses joining the reserves, if they are currently in a BSN program.