i'm 30 and currently in an asn program and will graduate and take the nclex to get my licensure in georgia at the end of summer semester 2010. from there, i plan to work in civilian nursing for a year while i do an online bsn program (haven't decided which one yet, but i'm leaning toward unc-chapel hill: rn-bsn program @ unc chapel hill's school of nursing
). at any rate, i should have a bsn and a year of nursing experience under my belt by the end of 2011, which is when i'll be looking to go into military nursing. i'll be 32 at the time.
so far, the aspects of military nursing that interest me the most are flight nursing/aeromedical evacuations and the army's forward surgical teams. more specifically, the airborne units like the 250th fst at ft. lewis (i'd love to be able to go to airborne and air assault school).
however, there seems to be precious little information available on the internet about how one actually goes about qualifying for and being selected as a member of a fst.
is anyone here on a fst or knowledgeable about the process of getting on one?
for my civilian work experience while i'm getting my bsn, should i just do a year of med-surg or would it be to my advantage to try to get into icu or er nursing right off the bat so i can go ahead and get my acls and critical care experience?
any advice anyone has to offer someone currently in nursing school with aspirations of becoming a member of an airbore fst would be greatly appreciated.
ps (do the navy and air force have anything that is analagous to the army's fst as far as providing medical support closer to the front lines and giving you an opportunity to work in a more unconventional role as far as military nursing goes and afford you the opportunity for specialized training like airborne/air assault, or is that something that is pretty much unique to the army? i've googled but so far haven't found anything.)
May 15, '09
Unless I am wrong (highly possible) at OBLC we were instructed that nurses are stationed at level 3 and higher......not forward. PAs, Surgeons & Medics are Forward. (CRNA's, not sure.....level 3 also?)
I have heard of another rn trying to join up with an airborne/forward team, but it is a "who you know" situation. Not the norm. As far as flight nurses......you might be better fitted with the AF who have a number of air med/air critical care positions. Army is all about ground.
"Per CorvetteGuy 4/2006":
The continuum of care is broken down into 5 Levels of Care. Keep in mind the FEBA [Fwd Edge of the Battlefield] is not clearly marked in Iraq, Afganistan, etc.
Level 5 [General Hospital], Army Medical Centers CONUS,
Level 4 [Field Hospitals], Lundstahl Germany,
Level 3 [CSH], Combat Support Hospital which provides hospitalization for patients within the theater [Iraq, for example]
* Levels 5-3 have RNs, whereas for the most part levels 1 & 2 are LVNs [91WM6] & Combat Medics [91W], which are similar to EMTs in civilian comparison
Level 1 [Platoon/Troop Movement] care is strictly EMT type care & evac up to the next appropriate & available level of care.
Level 2 Provides medical care to those battalions with organic medical platoons, as well as level 1 & 2 medical treatment on an area support basis to Units w/o organic Health Support assets. The FST is both level 2 & 3.
Last edit by olderthandirt2 on May 15, '09