Air Force Nursing Corps - page 7
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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
- 0Nov 25, '13 by TuzanneHello 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?
- 0Feb 7 by dmwasemSgt 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.
- 0Feb 7 by jfratianSpeaking 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.
- 0Mar 22 by inspiredbynavyIs there a smooth way to transition from an enlisted job to the nurse corps? I am thinking about joining the air force reserve as a 4N (medic) and going to school to get my bachelor's therein. I would have 4 years left of service after I get my bachelor's and was wondering if I could transition into the nurse corps afterwards.
- 0Mar 23 by jfratianDo not do that! If you want to be a military nurse any time soon, it's much faster to go to school on loans and apply for loan repayment after the fact. These days, with the force shaping and force reduction boards, you will likely be stuck as an enlisted medic until your enlistment is complete. They aren't interested in growing the nurse corps very much right now, and those enlisted commissioning programs are hard to get into.
You may be able to take classes online while enlisted for free, but I find it unlikely that you will be able to complete many of the nursing clinicals on your off-duty/pass time.
- 0Apr 15 by Capsaicin`I am about 13 months from finishing a CCNE accredited BSN program. Interested in any comparisons former or current AF nurses can offer between civilian and AF nursing. I have prior healthcare experience in a hospital setting as a tech and orderly, having worked on ER, tele, med/surg units, so I have a pretty good idea of what civilian nursing can be like.
Also, is past RN experience required to be a competitive applicant? How about GPA?
Spoke with a Specialist with Army Nursing via email, and was informed that 2 years minimum RN experience is strictly required. Hoping the AF hasn't implemented this too.Last edit by Capsaicin` on Apr 15 : Reason: clarity
- 1Apr 15 by jfratianPeople with <6months of RN experience are put in their own application pool; slots here are very scarce and competitive. I think 3.0 is the minimum (if I remember) and >3.5 would make you competitive. Grades aren't the only thing they consider; the app has 9 short essays and 3-5 recommendation letters. Enlisted time helps. ACLS, NIHSS, PALS, TNCC would help if you could get those before you graduate. You need 6-7mo of prep time to apply effectively.
I haven't been in long enough to give you a good read on the difference. The being a staff/floor nurse in the hospital part is similar, but I haven't deployed yet. You make more money, but you work 20-25% more (especially once you make O3 in 4 years). There is also no salary compression in the military like there is in the civilian world; I remember in my last civilian job nurses who had been around for 20 years were only making a few dollars an hour more than meLast edit by jfratian on Apr 15
- 0Apr 15 by nicolegrowI am a current USAF RN. You really need to talk to a recruiter who does health care fields. You can come in as a 2nd Lt with your BSN and no experience. You would attend Commisioned Officer Training for 5 weeks in Alabama then go to a 12 week Nurse Transition Program in Texas. All this information is on the Air Force website. The application is process is extremely competitive. You will need a high GPA, excellent references, and you will have to interview as well. Your application goes before a nursing board. The application process takes a lot of time. If you contact a USAF health fields recruiter they can let you know what you need for an application. I got in touch with my recruiter through the USAF website. I was a civilian nurse for 5 yrs prior to joining the USAF Nurse Corps and I love it. It was the best career decision I ever made.