Attention all previously accepted new grad RN with no experience,
I would like to start a thread for those new grad RN with no experience, trying to get into the Army Nurse Corp this FY2012 and on. Please feel free to post tips/tricks/advice and your statistics that you had when applying for the Army Nurse Boards.
I am dumbfounded (which isn't new lol) that the selection process for AD RN's takes so long. My general impression is that there is a significant shortage of RN's on AD so you would think that Big Green would facilitate their entry.
Maybe I should stop thinking.
From a USAR standpoint, there are countless RN positions available as long as you have a BSN. Currently, I am assigned to my 3rd USAR unit as a 68W (Medic) with 68V (Respiratory Therapist) lurking in the background. When I informed my current unit that I was in the process of completing my pre-reqs for nursing school, everyone did nothing short of cartwheels. And backflips.
I presume that ROTC BSN grads have first crack at RN AD slots. Retirement and ETS play a major role in the FY slots that are available. But given the Las Vegas dollars of the HPLP and the enlistment bonus, I am presuming that AD has a similar Nursing shortage to the Reserve.
BTW: I am hopefully gaining acceptance into one of two BSN programs here in Albuquerque, NM and intend to commission AD after grad. Following these forums will def be a HUGE help!
Last edit by medicmatt44 on Jun 23, '11
: Reason: spelling
Jul 26, '11
by jeckrn, BSN
Quote from angelrain820
Hmmm, well i start working next month at an acute rehab hospital. I plan on staying there for a year then heading to Hawaii with my husband (active duty). The recruiter suggested checking back in 6 months and looking into the reserves. He says it is pretty easy to transition to active duty after awhile with the reserves but I have some doubts. I'm assuming acute rehab will qualify as experience...? I wonder if they would still offer a course guarantee if they are no longer accepting new grads.
Transfering over to AD from reserves is not too bad depending on your unit. My experience was great since my command was supportive when I switched to AD. Others have written that they had a hard time with their unit.The process was long, took me about 6 months from the time that I applied till I was picked up by the board and total of 12 months before going on AD. In FY 09 they had multi accession boards, mine meet in Feb.
Depending how long you have been in the reserves depends on how much of the process you have to go thru again. I had to do the whole process over since I was in the reserves for 6 years. Others have posted that they did not have to do every step in the process. One thing that you will have to do you will have to go thru the selection board again.
Will have to speak with a HRC about course guarantee since some thingns are always changing. When I went back on active the course guarantee was written in my contract with the date & class number in my orders for active duty.
Last edit by jeckrn on Jul 26, '11