Army Nurse Corps FY2013 - page 4

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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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    Thank you for getting back to me, I have completed my personal statement and my references are working hard at getting all of those complete as well. I am really trying to stay positive about all of this, even though it may seem like a one in a million shot for a new grad. But like Leekun said, I am going to apply anyways and hopefully something good will happen and I will get my dream position!
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    I'm working on a commission as a 1LT in the Reserve; 66HM5 (ER nurse). The board approved my packet, and now I just waiting on a waiver for my prior service re-enlistment code. I should know within a few weeks, so that would probably put me going to BOLC this winter or next spring.
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    USAGPAN? What is this? Sorry I am so green at all of this. Is this different than the Army Nurse Corps? I was originally told that they take 100 nurses, 20 new grads and 80 experienced nurses. Not sure the breakdown though as to how many specifically are critical care. I can't believe it is so few. I am so hopeful. I want this so much!
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    Oh one more thing, I got constructive credit for 2.5 of the 5 years I have been an RN even though I have only been a BSN since March 2012 and an ADN before that. Also, I was told that having my CCRN would have helped me greatly but I applied to test and am unable to get a test date before boards at the end of Oct. I passed Medical....big relief at 34 yrs of age...and I lost 44 pounds to do it. I was damn proud of myself as some of those 17 year olds were getting taped at medical and I weighed in no problem. How will we all get through the waiting this next month....all the nail biting!
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    USAGPAN is the Army school for CRNA. BTW it was voted the number 1 program in the nation also. BTW are you in for the AMEDD board for the 5th of november. If so I have a question about your constructive credit. My wifes recruiter told her everything in her CV was accepted including her Critical Care Course directly after BOLC, but said that her constructive credit wasnt mentioned in the CV acceptance. I asked her, if she made sure to include it in the CV and she said she did, but that they made no comment in the acceptance document on whether it was accepted. So basically, was the 2.5 year offically remarked on in your CV acceptance?
    And I see you have that they are accepting 100 nurses. I was told they will only be taking 40.
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    Hey all,

    Been busy wrapped up in work things for the past few weeks.

    So here's what I know, my recruiter told me the board starts the week of Oct. 14th and goes through Nov. Right now my packet is complete and awaiting student loan info from lendors for Health Professions Loan Repayment Program. Once loan papers are in my recruiter told me that we will "sign papers"....I'm thinking this is the last stage for commissioning? Actually signing a contract with the Army... Anyways, more hurry up and wait... getting lots of practice with patience Good luck to all you nurses our there applying to the ANC. I hope ya'll get what you want and commission to the ANC!

    Saw a quote today I think appropriate for this time of year with commission boards on the horizon,

    "Remember, that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the
    Officer–and that there is more expected from him[or her] than the Title." - George Washington

    Good luck to everyone.

    HOOOAH!
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    I emailed my recruiter to ask about what he knows reguarding the number of applicants that they are accepting this year and haven't heard back yet (this isn't unusual for my recruiter). I had originally been told 100 but, am now seeing much lower numbers on theses boards. Also, as far as the constructive credit I included my time of course as and ICU nurse on my CV, however, it was in a different area of the application process that my recruiter actually recorded my constructive credit. I asked him to reccomend me for a 1Lt as I have 5 years experience and he said he could only reccomend as I only get 2.5 years constructive credit for the 5 years. If that helps at all. I too am going for the loan repayment and am now wondering what paperwork your speaking of because I have filled out none only have told my recruiter that this is the incentive that I am choosing. I am going to be on his tail again come Monday I guess. My paperwork is also in and MEPs is behind me, however, I am still working on my plan B if I don't get in and on my physical fitness stuff. I appreciate all of your input, it helps so much!
    liz
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    no no, I didnt mean my wife did the paperwork, the recruiter is the one that does it. They receive an email after they submit it, showing what all was approved. I just thought, how you wrote it, that your recruiter had confirmation in that acceptance email that says you are getting your 2.5 years approved. My wifes recruiter did the same, but told her that she will not know how much time in grade she will receive until after the board. So you know, and you may already know, ther are certain certifications that you get 6 months of time in grade also, like my wife already has the CMSRN which added 6 months of that constructive credit. I thought I read somewhere you were an ICU nurse so I would imagine you have some of those certs.

    I also wanted to give you some tips on things that helped my wife with her pushups and situps so far.
    one hundred push ups
    two hundred sit-ups

    I am prior service, and when we first started this idea of her joining i gave her a PT test. She could not do 1 pushup. and could only manage around 15 situps. After she started these two programs, mixed in with me randomly making her do pushups throughout the day. she is now up to around 25 pushups before resting in the arched position, and usually pops out three at a time until the two minutes is up from there, so she is getting a good 35-40 pushups now. Her situps have risen to around 60 depending on the day.

    The trick is that when you are practicing your pushups and situps, do not cheat yourself. When it says to max out, then you should max out until you reach muscle failure. and practice how you fight. Meaning do not drop to your knees and do fake pushups, it isnt helping you. DO them correctly as much as you can. then, throughout the day just drop and start knocking them out. When it comes time to do any wieght training work on your core, your triceps, biceps, and chest.

    when it comes to the run, literally the best thing is to just keep running. everyday if you have to. some will say take time off between runs. Ideally, that is the case. But, you arent in an ideal situation. If you are accepted by the NOV.5 board, then you could potentially head to the first BOLC after the board which is in January. Of course you could go later, but it is best to be prepared before you go.

    I wish you the best of luck, and if you get in and make it to San Antonio, I will tell my wife to look for you and randomly give yo a high five lol.
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    Hey all,

    Does anyone know if you get constructive credit for being an ACLS instructor/BLS instructor, CCRN, and the ICU designation? I'm just curious because I have not been told about this by my recruiter. I will ask, but thus far given no information on the subject. I was accepted into the USAGPAN program and am sending in my packet for the final decision board here in the next few days. I have ~3 yrs strictly CVICU experience and curious as to where I would come in in the ranks...? Just wondering what counts for credit and what doesn't I guess.

    thanks

    btw congratz to all those who are going in as Army Nurses... a pre thank-you for your service.
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    Should my recruiter have asked about specific info regarding my loans though so he could fill out paperwork? He only asked what incentive I would be choosing. Thanks for the tips on the pushups/situps. I had heard of the pushup site, but not the situp one. I have a lot of work to do as far as all that goes. I lost 41 pounds and am beginning to work on that phase of things now...argh.


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