Air Force Nursing

  1. 1 Hi Everyone!

    I just found out that I received a position for OB in the Air Force. I received my assignment to go to COT in March (a long wait) then proceed to NTP since I am a new grad. I was curious if anyone had information about COT (besides what is available on the website) and about NTP. I will be at a civilian hospital for my NTP and this makes me very nervous for when I actually get to my base. I won't have experience with the military system. Is the NTP training in my specialty or all areas of nursing? Thanks so much!!

    Taryn
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    Joined Aug '12; Posts: 9; Likes: 2.

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  3. Visit  AFhopeful profile page
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    Hi Taryn!! Congrats!

    I will also be going to COT in March! I hope to see you there! I don't know very much about COT besides what is on the website, but I do know it is important to start exercising prior to going. In the Air Force you are an officer FIRST and an RN second as well, so we will be grouped with doctors, lawyers, dentists, etc. I hear it is a great time, although very busy.

    Do you know what NTP program you are going to? I am going to the one in Cincinnati, Ohio at the University Medical Center there. The purpose of NTP is to let you hone in on your nursing skills, once you get to your base you will learn about the AF hospital policy & procedures and charting. I don't know if NTP is specific to OB or Med/surg though.

    Have you already graduated?
  4. Visit  samoansundevil profile page
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    Congrats! I'm an alternate and also chose OB. All of the general info and some specifics regarding COT can be found here. I spent a good couple of hours scouring through the info there lol. I hope this helps!
  5. Visit  tkrigbaum profile page
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    Hello AFhopeful! I will see you at COT and in Cincinnati!! That is so awesome! I'm here in Colorado, where are you?! I have been working with a trainer for almost 3 months now. Have taken 2:30 off my 1.5 mile and can meet the sit-ups and push up requirements now. But, I hope to be able to get far past those requirements! I graduated in December of 2011. I am currently working in acute geri psych hospital. What about you? Are you going OB or Med/Surg?
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    Thanks samoansundevil! Do you know what number alternate you are?
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    just did another search on this website because i know this topic has been covered before- it's just a challenge to find the articles, and here is a great one. http://allnurses.com/government-mili...-a-459988.html
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  8. Visit  AFhopeful profile page
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    I will graduate this December 2012. I put in for Med/surg! I have been training as well, but by myself for the past month. Pushups are definitely my weakness haha. I am currently in Arizona and I guess there isn't a Scottsdale Ntp starting up the time we will be going! I am excited for Cincinnati though. Do you know where you will be stationed after NTP? I think there is a thread on this forum for books to read as a military nurse/officer too if you are interested.
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  9. Visit  AFhopeful profile page
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    That was a great article thank you for finding it!
  10. Visit  samoansundevil profile page
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    you're welcome I am alternate #1!
  11. Visit  tkrigbaum profile page
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    Quote from AFhopeful
    I will graduate this December 2012. I put in for Med/surg! I have been training as well, but by myself for the past month. Pushups are definitely my weakness haha. I am currently in Arizona and I guess there isn't a Scottsdale Ntp starting up the time we will be going! I am excited for Cincinnati though. Do you know where you will be stationed after NTP? I think there is a thread on this forum for books to read as a military nurse/officer too if you are interested.
    Darn, I was hoping you would be here and we could get together. Let me know if you need help preparing for the NCLEX... that was a butt kicker. I took a prep class which helped because I only received 75 questions, but I really thought I had failed. Push ups are awful, I'm at 24 right now, but I'm not a strong runner either... After NTP I will be stationed at Langely Virginia. What about you? I definitely need to find that books to read thread!
  12. Visit  AFhopeful profile page
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    This is the link to the military books thread: http://allnurses.com/government-mili...ok-753345.html

    I am definitely going to take the Kaplan but also sign up for the NCSBN question bank since I guess the key is questions, questions, and more questions! I hear almost everyone thinks they failed going out of NCLEX, but most people pass! I found a great APP called 6 week training on my phone, and hopefully by the end of 6 weeks i'll be able to do 100 push-ups no sweat (this is what they promise!).

    I will be going to Eglin AFB in Florida. Super excited to be living near the beach and I heard it is a great place to live too.
  13. Visit  tkrigbaum profile page
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    That is the course I took, Kaplan, I was lucky to win it at a Student Nursing conference. I will look into the 6 week training app. That sounds amazing! Bodyrock TV is also pretty awesome, but they use stuff that you have to order, although I usually just improvise.

    That is exciting! We are on the bay/beach, but the water isn't nearly as warm. We are getting our scuba certification so it would have been nice to be near warmer water, but that won't keep me away! Was that one of your first choices?

    Do you think I could get your email and communicate with you that way instead of hogging a thread on here? If you don't feel comfortable with that, that is perfectly fine too.
  14. Visit  AFhopeful profile page
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    I sent you a PM with my e-mail!

    Wow lucky you winning a class! I am hoping to just get a measly discount on it haha. I am also looking to try and get P90x to help train as well.


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