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Thanks for the reply Sir/Ma'am, Basically a couple questions if you have the time.
1. What are a couple main reasons you are deciding to end your active duty status?
2. Did the 4.5 year obligation after military CRNA school prompt you to seek a civilian course.
3. If the military could change one thing to keep you on active duty, what would it be?
4. I see you are an ICU nurse, as a Major do you get alot of bedside time, or at that point are you forced to the logistical side of the house?
I am sure there are a ton more questions I am forgetting when I first wrote this post, but So So busy today and wanted to get these out there just in case you check back with the boards in the mean time.
1. I chose a civilian program that offered a post-masters certificate in nurse anesthesia. I didn't want to re-take all the same MSN core again at the military program since I have already taken them in my MSN program. Also, the military CRNA program have students taking about 18 credit hr/semester, which is insane. I found a program that suited me well and allows me to take only 2-3 classes/quarter after I complete the basic science courses, which are offered online.
2. The obligation wasn't a problem for me. I wanted to be sure I could find a program that had a low attrition rate and a high pass rate on their board exam. My CRNA program also offers 2 fellowships for students to sub-specialize if they choose (pediatric anesthesia or pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesia).
3. Nothing. I am looking forward to being a civilian and having control over my life and schedule. I will be joining the Reserves but still trying to decide if I want to do traditional or the Inactive Ready Reserves.
4. I get a lot of bedside time. Once yo make Major in the nurse corps, you then have the option of remaining at the bedside or you can do the administrative track if you want to be a commander or manager. I like being at the bedside. In my unit, there are about 4 of us Majors and only 2 of us work the bedside and the others have a difficult time transitioning back to the bedside when we are short staffed. I chise the nursing profession to take care of patients, not to become a manager or an administrator.
When I finish CRNA school, I have already made up my mind, I will not be returning to active duty afterward. I will more than likely just stay a traditional reservist and drill on the weekends.