Entering Air Force Nursing...how to prepare?

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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 anything I can do to prepare me for my future. Any books on leadership or perhaps trauma nursing??
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    Have you done the TNCC course yet? That would be excellent!
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    Congrats for jumping through the many hoops in applying! In terms of preparing, I'd suggest getting the Air Force Officer's Guide from Stackpole Books (the 2008 copyright was the 35th edition). This is the fundamentals of life as an Air Force Officer. It gives you a rundown on topics that you'll cover in your Commissioned Officer Training school at Maxwell AFB. It's dry reading, but informative.

    The Chief of Staff of the Air Force comes out with a list and here's their link;

    Official Site of the U.S. Air Force - CSAF Professional Reading Program

    Check those out. Good luck! Now hurry up and wait.
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    Get rockin on your PT if you haven't already. I was Group Fitness Officer at COT and there was a lot of suffering by people who did not prepare themselves. You have enough to worry about there without having to do extra PT at 0500.
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    http://www.au.af.mil/au/holmcenter/O...OT/index.aspNo, there is nothing to really prepare for other than to get ready to pass your pt test. Most AF ERs are very small so the likelihood of seeing any big trauma outside of deployment is small. I would save up some money unless things have changed there is high probability your pay will be screwed up for the first month or two after you join the USAF.
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    Quote from telern1
    Congrats for jumping through the many hoops in applying! In terms of preparing, I'd suggest getting the Air Force Officer's Guide from Stackpole Books (the 2008 copyright was the 35th edition). This is the fundamentals of life as an Air Force Officer. It gives you a rundown on topics that you'll cover in your Commissioned Officer Training school at Maxwell AFB. It's dry reading, but informative.

    The Chief of Staff of the Air Force comes out with a list and here's their link;

    Official Site of the U.S. Air Force - CSAF Professional Reading Program

    Check those out. Good luck! Now hurry up and wait.
    I wouldn't recommend going through these books. There are huge differences between being a medical officer and a line officer. These books have to do with being a line officer. Just my two cents, but I have always promoted right on time and been selected for AFIT without reading one of these books.
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    Better work on your upper body, particularly your arm strength. It makes flying soooo much easier!
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    I would definitely recommed getting in shape if you're not already. The Air Force has started taking physical fitness testing very serious. Especially with the economy and the reduced budget for the Department of Defense, many military branches are using fitness test failures as a way to weed people out of the military as troop levels must be cut. In my section alone, where I work in the ICU for the Air Force, we have already lost 3 nurses due to PT failures. The Air Force is very good about working with you after you fail a PT test to get you in a fitness program to help you but if you have 4 consecutive PT failures, your group commander must obtain permission from the wing commander to keep you in the Air Force. We normally test twice a year, 6 months apart if you obtain between a 75-89 on your PT test, which is satisfactory. For an incentive, if you score 90-100% on your test, then you only have to do a PT test once a year, which is a good deal. If you fail a test, then you must repeat it in 90 days. If you fail again, then you must repeat in another 90 days. Most squadron commanders will give you a letter of counseling around your 1st or 2nd PT failure. After your 3rd one and so on, it tends to get more serious. If an officer gets a letter of reprimand, then you career is over for promotion purposes.

    All in all, the Air Force is the best branch of the military. We really do take good care of our people. I'm currently deployed to a FOB in Afghanistan and only working 7 shifts a month (6 hr shifts) and I pull call every 5th day but hardly have any patients so I just chill in my room or hang out with the civilian contractors. You'll enjoy the Air Force.

    Good luck to you.
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    Quote from SRNA4U
    I would definitely recommed getting in shape if you're not already. The Air Force has started taking physical fitness testing very serious. Especially with the economy and the reduced budget for the Department of Defense, many military branches are using fitness test failures as a way to weed people out of the military as troop levels must be cut. In my section alone, where I work in the ICU for the Air Force, we have already lost 3 nurses due to PT failures. The Air Force is very good about working with you after you fail a PT test to get you in a fitness program to help you but if you have 4 consecutive PT failures, your group commander must obtain permission from the wing commander to keep you in the Air Force. We normally test twice a year, 6 months apart if you obtain between a 75-89 on your PT test, which is satisfactory. For an incentive, if you score 90-100% on your test, then you only have to do a PT test once a year, which is a good deal. If you fail a test, then you must repeat it in 90 days. If you fail again, then you must repeat in another 90 days. Most squadron commanders will give you a letter of counseling around your 1st or 2nd PT failure. After your 3rd one and so on, it tends to get more serious. If an officer gets a letter of reprimand, then you career is over for promotion purposes.

    All in all, the Air Force is the best branch of the military. We really do take good care of our people. I'm currently deployed to a FOB in Afghanistan and only working 7 shifts a month (6 hr shifts) and I pull call every 5th day but hardly have any patients so I just chill in my room or hang out with the civilian contractors. You'll enjoy the Air Force.

    Good luck to you.
    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.
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    I agree PT baby!!!! Run, lift and eat right and everything else will take care of itself...


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