I will receive my BSN in early 2007 (February-March timeframe). Upon graduation I hope to find employment in a Level I trauma facility, working ICU. It is also my intention to receive direct commission into the Reserve nursing corp. -- hopefully, that is. My goal is nursing anesthesia (preferably, ascertained from the Army's anesthesia program).
However, after reading some of the more recent posts on this board, with regard to the 'ICU criteria', I'm wondering if maybe I should instead just go Active Army once I graduate. Also, being familiar with some of the negative aspects of nursing (my wife is a nurse), I'm not too sure I want to deal with the lack of professionalism that can be found on the civilian side, sometimes. What I'm asking is:
1) If you have an Active duty candidate w/o direct ICU experience and a USAR candidate w/ direct ICU experience, who gets the spot?
2) If going Active duty initially after graduating, is it likely that I my plans for nursing anesthesia may not come into fruition for 3 - 5 years, due to the realistic aspects of military life?
Please offer up your thoughts on the matter; however, brief or redundant you may think your response is. I appreciate your time.