Air Force Nursing - page 2

by EllTee2B

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I know this question has probably been answered a few times on here, but it's probably outdated. What I really wanna know is it still near impossible to get into the Air Force as a new grad. I start a BSN program in September.... Read More


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    SunSurfRN why do you say that there's a better shot going reserves over active duty? Just curious.
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    Do you have a job? If you start applying now, you will have 1+years of experience by the time they get you in. Network where you work for any guard or reserve nurses to give you a personal connection. Guard and reserve depend on your civilian experience, the better you have the better your chance. If you have the attitude that you will use your experience to serve versus using the Air Force to get experience you will do much better in my opinion. I hope you make it, I love working with prior enlisted officers. You are so valuable to know both sides of the fence. Good luck.
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    I work right now but it's not as a nurse. My program starts in September. So I'm hoping, as you suggested, to use my enlisted experience to help me serve better. I'm also currently in the reserves as an aircraft mechanic. I don't know if that will help or hurt though.
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    I was listening to the radio today, and thought of this post. There was a service announcement seeking to recruit nurses and doctors for the airforce reserve. I don't know if that stands for the active duty airmen, but worth a shot in calling.
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    Hi!
    I am currently a flight medic in the Air Force Reserves, and I was previously on active duty. I am graduating nursing school in May, and will be putting in a commissioning packet soon. I can answer some of your questions. The Air Force does not accept associate degrees in nursing. They will only accept a BSN, it does not matter if you have a ADN/ASN and a Bachelor's degree in a different field. ONLY BSN. Just going to prepare everyone for a long wait. You will put in a packet for commissioning either Reserve, Guard, or Active Duty. If accepted you will wait for a COT date. COT is 4 weeks at Maxwell AFB, AL. You do not have to attend the 12 week OTS. For Reserves, there is a program called RCOT which is shorter, but with budget cuts, there are limited classes. There are currently several nurses in my Reserve unit who have been waiting for a regular COT date for about 10-12 months. The process is long and slow. Hope you are a patient person. It is well worth the wait. I love serving in the Air Force, but the old motto "hurry up and wait" is very true. If you prefer a specialty nursing, you must have at least 1 year of clinical experience (ER needs 1 year of level 1 trauma). If you don't have experience you will be put where they need you. So you could get lucky and get ER, but more than likely it will be Med Surg or clinics. It's all luck of the draw on openings. If you have more questions let me know.
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    Thanks for all the info bamabellae. I am an RN with a BSN degree and I have 3 years experience in dialysis. Will I get accepted if I join the AF active duty now?
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    Frankly: Ask a recruiter, not this forum. You never know until you actually fill out the papers and push through the process.
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    There is still a process you have to go through that does not guarantee your acceptance unfortunately. They have a limited number of spots in the Nurse Corps each year that many people are applying for. I just completed the process and waiting on my package to go up to the board which they review and say yay or nay or wait listed.


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