Army Nurse Corps FY2013 - page 3

by AjaxAndronicus

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Hey everybody, I'm starting a thread here for those applying to the Army Nurse Corps in FY2013. I figure this might be a good place to get to know other future nurse corps officers and a place for the veterans of the ANC to pass... Read More


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    Hey All,

    I am up early this letter trying to "find my hook" and finish writing my letter of intent. I wish I could just churn this thing out but, like with most everything I am a die hard perfectionist. I have 5 years total as an RN and just graduated with my BSN this March. All 5 years have been in ICU and prior to that I worked as an aide on the progressive/medical floors. I love ICU. It is who I am and I go to work everyday excited and happy. I love my job and don't want to imagine not taking care of critically ill patients. I haven't gotten this far without having to make sacrifices however, and if I had to work on a progressive floor for awhile I could certainly do that. Afterall, we learn from everything we do and I probley should have spend some time on the floors before I entered the ICUs as a new nurse years ago.

    The advice about career paths was very helpful. I can see where anyone would be confused about my indicision as to which area of healthcare I wish to travel down. I was hoping very much to get stationed in TX at one of the larger hospitals, but am okay once again putting my time in wherever as long as I am able to join and serve.

    I guess what still confuses me is that I see everywhere how limited the slots are each year for nurses, and I wonder if I truly have a chance this year? Further, I dont' see people posting that they weren't chosen the year they applied or anyone stating that it took a few years of applying to get in. Has anyone else heard any of these kinds of experiences?

    I can't think of a better way to spend some of my winter than in Ft. SAM so I too hope to meet you this winter!
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    Why not USAGPAN? You sound like a good candidate, and your chances of getting a slot *might* be better than coming in as a critical care RN.......
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    Hi everyone! I just came across this thread and wanted to say hi

    I am currently in the process of becoming an Army Nurse and also waiting excitedly to see if I am chosen to attend USAGPAN next June. The process has been rather lengthy and frustrating at times, but the end goal of becoming an Army Nurse and attending USAGPAN makes it all worthwhile. After being a nurse for almost 9 years, with 7 in the critical care setting, I feel that Army nursing will provide me with the new experiences I crave to take my practice to the next level.

    I am happy to share my experiences with the Army Officer process as well as the USAGPAN process with anyone...and hopefully I can learn from you all as well about what to expect in my transition to the military life.

    Take care and good luck everyone!
    Liz
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    Hi everyone! I'm also sending in my packet for the Oct/Nov board. I'm just waiting of my mgr's to return my evals. I'm shooting for OB/GYN nursing...I've been an L&D RN for approx 18 mo in a high risk OB unit. I'm prior service (5 yrs AD/Medic), and I'm looking forward to going back in! It took me a while to convince my hubby that it was the best move for us, and the fact that I missed the Army. My biggest hurdle right now is losing the weight...didn't realize how much I had packed on since I got out in 07. Do you know if we have to pass the height/weight prior to getting our orders cut for BOLC or just when we are graduating? Any ways...thought I would say hi! I hope to meet all of you sometime this winter!
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    I *really, really, really* want to get into the Army's GPAN program - and it has always been a dream of mine to serve my country as well. I have a few questions about this. First, I am a female, completing my Bachelor's degree now, and I will be finished in August of 2013. Second, I will be 39 when my Bachelor's degree is done. I have 2 years of ER experience, no ICU experience. As I understand it, having 2 years of ICU experience is required to be competitive in being accepted into a CRNA program (along with organic chemistry on my transcript).

    I am wondering what is my best strategy. Should I (A) Get into the Army or Air Force as soon as my Bachelor's degree is finished in August 2013 - and get into an ICU unit so I can work on getting 2 years of experience through the military to apply for the CRNA program? or should I (B) Get on with a VA hospital, get 2 years of experience in ICU through the VA, and enter the CRNA program through a VA scholarship?

    I am worried that if I join the Army as a critical care nurse, my odds of getting into the CRNA program would be worse than my odds to get into the CRNA program as a civilian VA employee. Also - in terms of getting in to the CRNA program and enjoying my time in the military - would it be better for me to join the Army or the Air Force? I believe the military will accept me up to age 42 as a health care worker - but I need to make it happen if I'm going to do it!
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    Quote from anne_marie_oregon
    I *really, really, really* want to get into the Army's GPAN program - and it has always been a dream of mine to serve my country as well. I have a few questions about this. First, I am a female, completing my Bachelor's degree now, and I will be finished in August of 2013. Second, I will be 39 when my Bachelor's degree is done. I have 2 years of ER experience, no ICU experience. As I understand it, having 2 years of ICU experience is required to be competitive in being accepted into a CRNA program (along with organic chemistry on my transcript).

    I am wondering what is my best strategy. Should I (A) Get into the Army or Air Force as soon as my Bachelor's degree is finished in August 2013 - and get into an ICU unit so I can work on getting 2 years of experience through the military to apply for the CRNA program? or should I (B) Get on with a VA hospital, get 2 years of experience in ICU through the VA, and enter the CRNA program through a VA scholarship?

    I am worried that if I join the Army as a critical care nurse, my odds of getting into the CRNA program would be worse than my odds to get into the CRNA program as a civilian VA employee. Also - in terms of getting in to the CRNA program and enjoying my time in the military - would it be better for me to join the Army or the Air Force? I believe the military will accept me up to age 42 as a health care worker - but I need to make it happen if I'm going to do it!
    Get a job in ICU now, apply for a 2014 start by 1November 2013... going in as a civilian will likely be your fastest route. VA civilian is more competitive than direct accession as a civilian, I believe...
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    FYI, I was deployed with a site director clinical portion for of the Army's CRNA program who stated that there is a very poor graduation rate for nurses over the age of 38. The reason I am telling you this is just to help you make an informed decision and in no way telling you not to go for it if that is what you want. Also, the VA CRNA program is run by the military services.

    There is no guarantee that if you join the military you will be assigned to the ICU unless it is in writing. One way to do that is to have ICU course written into your commissioning contract.

    Can not tell you how compative it is to get into the VA program but in the Army it is one of the most requested grad schools.

    You need to speak with a Healthcare Recruiter for the Army & AF along with the VA to see which one would give you the best chance of getting into the CRNA program.
    Last edit by jeckrn on Sep 5, '12
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    Hello everyone,
    I am currently working on getting my packet all together, and I am so glad that I found this forum. I am a recent new grad from a BSN program in May 2012 and I have been working in a level 2 trauma center since that time. I just started with my recruiter but I have everything worked out so I should be able to finish my packet with no problem by the October selection board. From what I have been told by my recruiter, this year for active duty they are taking 10 nurses with more than 2 years experience and 10 nurses with less, is this true or has anyone heard anything like this? Also, I am wondering if there is anything anyone could suggest to make myself a bit more appealing to the selection board. I am afraid that my GPA is not really impressive enough to totally capture the board's attention so I need to find something more. I did get PALS and ACLS certified, is there anything else that I can do to shine a little brighter? I understand that as a new grad, just by the nature of time, I will not have a extensive profession record but I really want to put my best foot out there. I know it's a long shot but I thought I'd really try and maybe I'd get lucky who knows. Any and all advice/help would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to everyone!
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    Hey Bnizi,

    . I actually have heard no numbers mentioned on active duty, the only thing my recruiter has told me is that they are unsure of their mission this year i.e. how many nurses they need.

    Selection board is getting closer and closer! Good luck to everybody!
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    the numbers they need are smaller now bc theyre cutting down the army (according to my unit company commander and first sergeant)

    just apply anyway and make sure you make copies of everything! and make sure your recruiter wont mess you up and dont let them rush you if they do. and oh you need to do a personal statement with your packet about why join the army. just a reminder if you havent done so yet)


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