Quote from AshleyCCURN
Thank you for the info! I am a new grad RN in a mixed (neuro, cardiac, medical..no trauma) Critical Care Unit. I am interested in joining the AF reserves and was told that they are offering to repay my student loans if I become a flight nurse. From what I've read, it sounds like it would be hard to hold my current job because of the demands of flight nursing. It sounds like flight nurses are gone quite frequently. Is it difficult to keep your full time job while being a flight nurse?
I am also worried that I might be doing this too early. The recruiter told me that I am eligible after 6 months of experience to join, but I am just nervous that I won't have enough experience under my belt to be successful, especially because I feel that learning to be a flight nurse is like learning an entire new specialty. Would it be smarter for me to just stay with my critical care background and join as a critical care nurse? Thank you for your help!!
It depends on your employer. Legally, they have to just take it, research the USERRA law. By law they can't fire you, hold you back for promotion, punish you, make you use vacation time, or make ou cover your own shifts. And they have to do that every time you leave, not matter how often or how long. That said, I do read from time to time of people fired, but it gives you a good lawsuit. As for time gone I'm in the middle of schools right now. Once you get started you need COT, SERE, water survival, and Flight Nursing schools, each about 3-4 weeks (water surv 2 days). The new deployment schedule is six months every two years, so its not too bad although it seems endless sometimes. That's not including your required weekends.
As for your experience, it took them 14 months to get me in, and some others in my squadron 2 years. So if you start the process now, you are likely to have more than two years experience when you commission. Good luck.