Entering Air Force Nursing…how to prepare? - page 2

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I have been an ER nurse for a year and just finished my RN to BSN program. I am currently #2 on the alternate list for ER Air Force nursing…fingers crossed. Anyways, while I have this extra time, I was wondering if there is... Read More


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    Quote from bigsick_littlesick
    Good information. I've gotyears till I can even think about joining (more time to work on my fitness) as I only took NCLEX today.

    I know this is off topic and sorry to hijack the post, although it seems like this is where the post is going, but what does the PT consist of? I'm super green to anything military related. I'm assuming lots of push-ups, sit-ups and running? Anything else? I used to train muay thai and boxing before I got into nursing school so I definitely got a lot of practice with various calisthenics. I plan on resuming training and adding BJJ to the mix. Should help I would think.
    The AF PT test consist of a 1.5 mile run, push-ups, situps, and abdominal circumference. The run is worth is a max of 60 pts , abdominal circumference is 20pts, pushups 10pts, and situps 10 pts. Everything is by age groups for example, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49. I'm in the 30-39 age group so the max pushups is 55 and the minimum to pass the category is 27. For situps I need about 37 minimum and 57 to max out. For the run, to max out I need to run in 9:54 to do the minimum would be less than 14:00 mins. People in the 20-29 have to do a little more than us in the 30-39 age group. For the abdominal circumference, if you are a male your abdominal circumference must be 34 inches or less to max out and it can't be bigger than 39inches. If it's bigger than 39, you automatically fail the entire PT test. Also, you can have a score of a 90 on the PT test and still fail if you don't pass each category. I have seen some people max out on the run, situps, and have a good abdominal circumference but fail the puship category and they end up failing the entire PT test even though they have a score of 90.

    By the way, you only get 1 minute to do your pushups and situps whereas the Army and Navy gets 2 mins for their pushups and situps. Tall people tend to struggle with the pushups since we have a lot further to go down since we have to maintain a 90 degree angle in the down position. Short people tend to struggle with the situps. Our situps are more like crunches since our backs don't completely touch the mat and we only have to have our elbows touch anywhere on our thighs so most tall people tend to go for the lower thighs, which means you don't have to come that far up.

    The order the test proceeds is abdominal circumference first with height and weight. I have seen a lot of big people fail this part of the test and then they walk out because it doesn't make sense to do the pushups and situps and the run when you have already failed the test because of not passing the abdominal portion.

    The thing I love about the Air Force is you will not find another branch of service or civilian job that allows you an hour and a half to work out during your duty time (work time). It's great!
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    I have only had one job in 11 years with the AF that I was able to work out during duty time. Getting time off to work out will depend on your job and duty station.
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    Quote from JBFischer
    I have been an ER nurse for a year and just finished my RN to BSN program. I am currently #2 on the alternate list for ER Air Force nursing…fingers crossed. Anyways, while I have this extra time, I was wondering if there is anything I can do to prepare me for my future. Any books on leadership or perhaps trauma nursing??
    I'm going to echo all the posts about getting cracking on the PT. it's great at COT because you're getting yelled at to get up and do it everyday. Once you're done with that environment it's difficult to find the time between work, military duties, training and family.

    That post about working out during you're duty day? Not I'm my world at SAMMC.

    And the post about no trauma outside deployments? Depends on your base. Here at SAMMC I see gunshot wounds every shift without fail. We also see major burns, nasty MVCs and we get the guys who are wounded down range. So getting TNCC would be a great benefit. Also make sure you have ACLS, PALS, current BLS and any other CEUs you can build up.

    Good luck! It's been a sharp learning curve (more like a cliff) but we keep those with military experience entertained if nothing else!
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