Army Nurse Thinking going To Air Force - page 2

It's plain & simple, my 4yr commitment is about to be up & well I'll be honest I'm thinking about leaving the Army Nurse Corps to join the Air Force Nurse Corps. I'm a direct commission Critical... Read More

  1. Visit  jane123} profile page
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    Hello,
    I have one more class to go before I get my BSN and I was planning on returning to the army. I have 81/2 years prior service. However, I was looking into the USPHS but I did not see were they offered any bonus or pay back for school tutions. Plus their assignments seems limited. Any information you can give me would be appreiciated. Email
    rujane2001@yahoo.com






    Quote from wtbcrna
    I can't give an unbiased opinion between AF and Army, but I can give you some facts/advice.

    1. AF deployments are 4-6mo, usually. AF considers a manning assist to Landstuhl for 4months as a deployment!
    2. AF nurse corps has the longest promotion time to major, so if you are anywhere close to making major I would stay in the Army until you pinned on Major and then transition over. The average time for an AF nurse to make major right now is 12-14 total time assuming that you came in as a new nurse or 8-10 after Captain. Don't listen to you recruiter if he trys to tell you any different!
    3. The AF medical facilities are generally very small compared to the Army.
    4. ER/ICU nurses usually have the worst jobs/worst schedules and are expected to take up the slack for the other nurses (ie. med-surg nurses). Sorry, if that upsets any med-surg nurses, but I have seen this at three different bases so far.
    5. If down time and education are your priorities right now....I suggest not going to any AETC bases (ie Wilford Hall, Keesler, etc).


    One other consideration besides the AF is USPHS...it is not the military/no real deployments, but it offers the same benefits/pay as the military. I am currently going school with a USPHS officer that was a Captian in the AF just over two years ago and is now an O-5/Commander in the USPHS.

    Good Luck!

    Hope this helps a little bit.

    Capt E, USAF, NC
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  3. Visit  wtbcrna} profile page
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    Quote from jane123
    Hello,
    I have one more class to go before I get my BSN and I was planning on returning to the army. I have 81/2 years prior service. However, I was looking into the USPHS but I did not see were they offered any bonus or pay back for school tutions. Plus their assignments seems limited. Any information you can give me would be appreiciated. Email
    rujane2001@yahoo.com
    Try this link: http://dcp.psc.gov/vats/rpt_category_button.asp

    You can also look on www.usajobs.gov you just need to look for positions for commissioned corps officers.

    You can also look directly at agencies that use USPHS officers...US marshall, FDA, NIH, BOP, INS, DIHS, CDC, NOAA, Coast Guard (not exactly sure where they post their vacancies)...

    The 1st two I listed are probably your best bet.
  4. Visit  BSNinTX} profile page
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    I converted from civil service to PHS in October. In exchange for a four year committment, I got a $20,000 assension bonus paid up front. I am eligible for the GI Bill, which is now at $36,000+. Loan reimbursement may be available from the agency you will be assigned to, escpecially with Indian Health Service.

    As for assignments:

    Federal Bureau of Prisons (nationwide)
    Indian Health Service (many areas nationwide)
    FDA
    NIH
    CDC
    EPA
    Coast Guard
    and others


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