Air Force Nursing Corps - page 8

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
    So what bonus are you talking about? Your recruiter would know if there are any sign-on bonuses or loan repayment for this fiscal year. The chief nurse you interview with will know about the availability of board certification retention bonuses for reserve flight nurses.
  2. by   2Bucksdown
    my daughter has talked to a recruiter and gone to Columbus to for processing, hasn't signed anything as of now. Question, would it benefit her to contact you and not just her basic recruiter? if so, why?
  3. by   jfratian
    Processing? Does that mean MEPS (the place where they do your medical exam)?

    Is your daughter looking to be a nurse? If so, they shouldn't be talking to a basic recruiter. The recruiter should be a health professions recruiter who only recruits doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel.

    I am just an active duty Air Force nurse. The only thing I know about recruiting is what I went through 4 years ago. You really need to use the 'find a recruiter' tool on the Air Force website and select the 'healthcare professional' link.
  4. by   Archer79
    I am thinking about joining the AF as a nurse, I've been a BSN RN for 3 years now. I am in school for my MSN now, to become a FNP. I'm a year and a half away from graduation.

    My question to you is: If I start working for the AF as a RN, will they allow me to finish my MSN and work for them as a FNP after I pass my board exam?

    Please advise
  5. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from Archer79
    I am thinking about joining the AF as a nurse, I've been a BSN RN for 3 years now. I am in school for my MSN now, to become a FNP. I'm a year and a half away from graduation.

    My question to you is: If I start working for the AF as a RN, will they allow me to finish my MSN and work for them as a FNP after I pass my board exam?

    Please advise
    The AF may or may not let you work as an FNP, if you finish your FNP and come in as certified FNP per your contract/identifier then you will probably be slotted to work as an FNP. Without that on your contract the AF can pretty much slot you wherever they need manning the most depending on prior experience. This has a lot to do with the AF training their own NPs and the requirement to give those people NP jobs usually for at least 2 assignments after their school.
  6. by   jfratian
    There is a program where you serve in the inactive ready reserves (IRR) and receive a monthly stipend (as well as tuition and expenses). You switch to active duty once you graduate. It might be too late to apply for this for you.

    Everyone gets $4500 per year in tuition assistance, and a lot of people use that to become an NP. I think it would be hard to do the clinical rotations while working full time as a nurse in the AF, but people have done it. When you graduate this way, you don't immediately become an NP in the AF. There has to be extra FNP slots and the job you're leaving must be well-staffed. I know an OR nurse who graduated an NP program years ago and still works as an OR nurse.

    Finally, you could serve as an active duty AF nurse for 2 years and apply for AFIT (the AF's graduate education program). If accepted, they pay all school expenses give you your full salary while in school. You are guaranteed an NP slot when you graduate.
  7. by   wtbcrna
    1. HPSP is the program that let you attend graduate school full time in the IRR. You would owe a minimum of 3 years. It would not really be worth it for someone that only has 1.5 years left since the process to get in often takes 6-12 months. HPSP is best for people that are at the beginning of applying to school/just got accepted.
    2. It is hard to get released out of low manned nursing specialities, but as a side note OR is starting to accept new nursing graduates so the overall manning should improve over the next couple of years. ICU manning still remains critically low though.
    3. HPSP and AFIT will both guarantee you slots in your respective program as long as you graduate and pass the respective boards.
  8. by   JmhATL
    Josh,
    Are you still working in this capacity and if so, can you direct me to someone who can provide instght regarding the AF Reserves for a nurse? I'm in my last semester of nursing school (BSN) and trying to make informed decisions whether the AF or Navy is a good decision for me because this is my 2nd BS degree and I have enormous student loans. I'm an AF brat in New Orleans but planning to relocate to Marietta (north of Atlanta) the day after graduation.
  9. by   OUxPhys
    Is it true the AF reserves has two types of flight nursing? I thought I read somewhere they have the evac team (ICU/ED experience) and then transport (Med Surg/Stepdown experience).
  10. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from OUxPhys
    Is it true the AF reserves has two types of flight nursing? I thought I read somewhere they have the evac team (ICU/ED experience) and then transport (Med Surg/Stepdown experience).
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    They are two different things. One is usually a part-time job (CCATT) for ICU nurses where as flight nursing is a full-time job of basically med-surg in the sky as far as acuity goes. I am not sure how the reserves handle it though.
  11. by   jfratian
    There's actually at least 3 types. ER RNs and CRNAs do TACIT which involves critical care patients in short distance rotary wing aircraft. ICU RNs and intensivists do CCATT, which transports ICU patients long distances. Those are both typically treated as deployments or TDYs. You go back to your ER or ICU when finished. I know of at least one full-time CCATT team (now in Guam) though.

    Flight nursing is a full-time role where you transport stable, med-surg patients. The focus is more on mission planning and the inter-workings of the plane than on actual patient care.
  12. by   OUxPhys
    So Im guessing for the reserve flight nursing then I would need ER or ICU experience?
  13. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from OUxPhys
    So Im guessing for the reserve flight nursing then I would need ER or ICU experience?
    Air Force Reserve I don't think there is any requirement for ER or ICU experience for flight nurse in the reserves.

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