FY 2014 Air Force Nursing - page 2
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I have been following the thread for FY 2013 Air Force nursing and realize that many of the clinical nurses, including myself, were made alternates for FY 2014. The only information I have received from my recruiter is that I... Read More
- 0Apr 15, '13 by SG219Travelcrazy,
Thank you for replying! Mosts posts that I have read from Air Force nurses mention the additional duties but still everyone seems very happy serving as AF nurses. Do you find that you find plenty of free for self and family? There ia a huge list of AF clinics compared to actual medical facilities. My recruiter told me that I will likely go to a large medical facility for my first assignment. What were your goals when you joined? Did you choose to move into a clinic setting or was it purely a matter of need at the time? I am signing on as a clinical nurse but in the mean time will be getting some great experience in the Progressive Care Unit (considered critical care) at my facility. I wonder what the opportunities to move into different areas are once signing on. I will serve where I am needed but eventually would like to work in an ICU, have flight training, or be selected for advanced training. More than anything I am going insane waiting to hear that I am selected, where we will be moving, and get the ball rolling on the whole deal!
- 0Apr 15, '13 by TravelcrazyI feel your frustration. It was 18 months for me from the time I contacted a recruiter to the time I went to cot. Worth the wait, though. I didn't request a clinic. I actually requested large medical centers (either overseas or states), but ended up at a clinic as that was what was needed at the time. The benefit to a clinic is that your choices for bases are immense. I have plenty of free time for family. You're off every weekend, holidays, and down days at most clinics. It's actually allowed me the opportunity to learn more of the military ways as nurses end up in many of the leadership roles. It's good because you'll need to learn all that stuff eventually.
- 1Apr 18, '13 by Megan8683It is excruciatingly hard to get any info on the NP program. I'd love to hear what anyone knows about its competitiveness and anything you've heard regarding the board review.
Also, do they take alternates for all the NP specialties? My application is sitting in Texas awaiting to be reviewed by the board for CNM. My recruiter told me there were 4 applications there now and only 2 slots. Any idea how long it takes for them to review the applicants?
Also if anyone can clarify this I'd appreciate it!
- 0Apr 27, '13 by BayernI am also an alternate for October 2013. According to my recruiter, being an alternate is as sure as a select. I am even putting my house on the market I applied as clinical nurse even though I work on cardiac critical care. I have worked on med/surg floor, so I think I would be ready to go as a clinical nurse but would require more training to work on ICU setting. Once I start working as AF nurse, then I will seek to move to critical care setting. I am trying to be positive here, working out and making plans for October departure
- 0Apr 28, '13 by AFhopefulQuote from BayernI wouldn't make too many big changes yet. I don't know how they do it for fully qualified nurses, but the alternates (even alt #1) haven't been selected from the July 2012 NTP board.I am also an alternate for October 2013. According to my recruiter, being an alternate is as sure as a select. I am even putting my house on the market I applied as clinical nurse even though I work on cardiac critical care. I have worked on med/surg floor, so I think I would be ready to go as a clinical nurse but would require more training to work on ICU setting. Once I start working as AF nurse, then I will seek to move to critical care setting. I am trying to be positive here, working out and making plans for October departure
- 0Apr 28, '13 by GraceRn11My recruiter stated the same, that being an alternate is as sure as being a select... the difference is waiting for the slot to open. So I am not in a rush to prepare. It is nerve wrecking to wait and I would love to get my home listed and all that good jazz but I don't want to jump the gun either in case I am not picked up this fall. Just my opinion but either way I hope it all goes well for us all and we are all picked up this fall since none were selected this past March. Good luck to all and I hope we hear some good news soon! :-)
- 0Apr 28, '13 by BayernMy thinking is, if I wait until the last time to sell my house (and given how the market is friendly now to sellers), it might take forever to sell. Plus not knowing where I might end up, selling the house then might be tricky. But if I sell now, I can live in an apartment and wait for selection. Worse case scenario, I might not get selected this Oct and be moved to March. I will still stay in the apartment until then. Plus it is my nature to make a decision and go with it. It does not mean that I do not think about things but that is how I am and strongly not planning for October departure would be against my nature. Some people might call that ignorance, I call it indecisive. I have moved 3 times and all those 3 times, our houses sold within months..the last one sold within a month. By God's grace we somehow dealt with these sellings/buyings in good market times. Recruiter would have to have lied to me, that an alternate will be selected next time there is space/room but I do not believe that is the case. So as things are now, I can handle what I can control and leave the rest to timing and preparation. If that makes sense
- 0Apr 29, '13 by SG219Bayern,
My wife and I are also planning on selling our home. We are fortunate to be in a "sellers market" as well. The last thing I want is to have a mortgage payment after finishing COT I am hopeful for all of us alternates. Your positive attitude surely helps deal with this long wait period.