I just recently started the process to apply to be an Air Force nurse. I'm trying to complete my packet for the January 2013 (Feb 19-Board, Mar 08-Decision). Anyone else currently starting or in the process? Any advice with gathering my information?
Any current Air Force Nurses that could give me insight about their experience, especially regarding their first assignment?
My husband is about to separate from the Army and we are used to that way of thinking and doing things (i.e. lots of misleading information, less family oriented, less options regarding career). My recruiter had mentioned that everyone goes into a general clinical nurse slot, but is given the opportunity to specialize into a department of their choice after one year. My initial response was "Yeah... riiighhhttt." I don't actually believe that I would be given such a choice so soon, but I'm not sure if that is only because of our experience with the Army. Can anyone enlighten me??
I am also in the process of applying for the January boards.You can apply for a specialty if you have experience as I am applying forER/Trauma nurse program. Like you, I am also more used to the Army side of theDoD house J. I think and hope that I am all or almost all done with my paperworkat this point and only need to get the chief nurse interview done. The biggestconcern is to get medical cleared, but it looks like all is going okay. Had myphysical 3 weeks ago, we will see if I need to get a waiver. I was told Fridayby my recruiter that there are only a total of 8 ER Nurses slots for the 2013year and that already 14 had applied for these at the Nov boards. But that theyhold some for the next boards, hope I am competitive enough. I am currently in Germany (as a civilian RNwith the USA) which makes it more difficult to get things done like MEPS or theChief Nurse Interview. My resume is very specific for the ED.
Members started a threat few months ago for the Army boardsand shared information and background info’s. Maybe we can do the same. Like youI am applying for the Jan/Feb boards. I have a total of 5 almost 6 yearsnursing experiences in the ER, Cathlab/IR, and now primary care. 11 years ofEMS experience as a Paramedic and 10 as a cardiac arrhythmia tech (same time periodas the medic). I have only an ADN with a GPA of 3.75, BS in Healthcare ManagementGPA 4.0 and will be done with an MSN with emphasis in public health(currentlyGPA 4.0, have 2.5 classes left) and the normal certs like ACLS,PALS, TNCC...oh, I am old ..39y/o female
How about you and others? Please share your information!
Last edit by BVFD 333 on Oct 28, '12
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