Air Force Nursing Corps - page 7

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

  1. by   jfratian
    Yeah, so they'll want to meet you or at least talk to you on the phone if they're any good at all. They pour many hours into getting each application ready. They'll want to make sure you're serious before they invest in you. The best thing is to come up with a long list of questions to ask.
  2. by   amos24
    Hello and good tiding to you sir... I am Ryan Viernes a graduate of BSN from a foriegn country... i know that the military will not accept me... what about if possible if i take my MSN online in the United States.. because i am a Dual Citizenhip or Fil-Am.. will the U.S willing to help me be able to take my MSN and also i want to preform active duty.. i am physically fit... and also i want to be able to join the NP or CRNA.... or Physician... i am willing to sacrifice and take time for the military...i was hoping better that i can ask you sir than anybody else sir
  3. by   jfratian
    Refer to my earlier post on this thread for contacting a recruiter. I think obtaining an MSN from a U.S. school might be enough to make you eligible to do bedside nursing. Know that an MSN is no longer enough to become an NP or CRNA in the military; you need a DNP.
  4. by   bgriff1234
    1. Will being prior enlisted help with being accepted into the Air Force as an officer?
    2. Also, once you are in, can you move from specialty to specialty, for example, from med-surge to critical care? If you can, how difficult is it?
  5. by   Camo-angel
    Being prior enlisted may give you a small advantage, but not in a way that makes you more likely to be selected as a nurse. It's more like, you understand the military and system already. They do consider past experience on your CV, so having military experience will look good but at the same time they take a LOT of things into consideration, like GPA, leadership skills, experience, education, drive, etc etc. Once in as a nurse, yes you can change specialties but it's not as easy as asking. New grads with little experience can only be OB or medsurg nurses to start. After a few years, you can request to switch but it depends on what the Air force needs. So if what they need is a medsurg nurse, not an ICU, then that's what you'll be. Also depends where you'd be stationed. Not all hospitals have each specialty unit, so transferring would be more difficult.
  6. by   nicolegrow
    Yes being prior helps, not only does it mean you are familiar with the military, but it speaks to your character. It is hard to switch specialties, especially if your assigned unit needs you. If you come in as a Med-Surg (new grad) you will most likely be stuck there for 4yrs. However if you are interested in a specialty work in it for a year as a civilian and then apply to the Air Force. You can skip Med-Surg altogether coming in fully qualified in a speciality (critical care, OR, L&D). It all depends on what you are passionate about.
  7. by   Blue Robin
    Do you still offer loan repayment to commisioned officers?
  8. by   sparrish
    I am a sophomore in college interested in joining as a nurse. I am currently in a BSN program. At what point do you recommend talking to a recruiter? Is there any point in meeting with a recruiter now or should I wait until after I graduate? Thanks
  9. by   punkrocker

    I don't know if you answered this question already or not. But I'm interested in joining the military as a nurse. I'm just about to start a nursing program and was wondering if I could be apart of the nursing corps as a nursing student or do I have to have graduated.
  10. by   jfratian
    You can apply before graduation, but you won't start training until you have an RN license and a BSN degree from a U.S. regionally accredited program.
  11. by   nursehally
    I am considering joining the Air Force Reserve. I have been working as an RN for over 6 years and just recently received my MSN and my NP license. Can anyone please tell me what my potential rank would be if I join the Reserve? Also, would I qualify for loan repayment as a Reservist?

    My recruiter has given me vague answers to most of my questions. Any additional info would be appreciated. Thanks.
    Last edit by nursehally on Mar 3, '16
  12. by   jfratian
    If those 6 years are full time, then you get 3 years of credit. You'll get 2 years for the MSN. I would comfortably say you'll enter as a Captain (O-3). I am not that familiar with reserve loan repayment options. Are you sure you're talking to a healthcare recruiter: U.S. Air Force - Find a recruiter . Your average recruiter in a strip mall won't be able to help you.
  13. by   mrs27smith
    I am in the process of joining the Air Force Reserves as a flight nurse. I have completed my application, my scroll has been sent up (per my recruiter), and I am now awaiting the appointment for my physical so that I can schedule my face to face with the CNO. So I know that the process is different for AD and Reservist, my question is what is the determinant for the bonus?