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    Hey all,

    I am a prior service enlisted soldier who will be completing my RN to BSN this fall. My question is when should I start the commissioning process? Will I be able to start the process before I graduate? Is the Army still offering incentives to nurses?
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    You should contact a healthcare recruiter ASAP - there is only one selection board each year, usually in November, and the packet is a lot to put together. Do you have any specialty certs? How many years of experience?
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    1 year MICU/SICU and 1 year OHRU. I am studying for my CCRN now.
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    Quote from mingorn
    1 year MICU/SICU and 1 year OHRU. I am studying for my CCRN now.
    You should try to come in with the critical care identifier -- 8A. If you have your CCRN, that's pretty much the gold standard. Nurses are still receiving incentive specialty pay (ISP) for specialty certifications, which is $20K/year. However, all bonuses can be discontinued at any time. Not sure about other incentives right now (tuition reimbursement, accession bonuses), but usually the ISP is bigger. Go here to find a recruiter: Locate Us | goarmy.com -- make sure you select AMEDD in the "area of interest" drop-down menu. Recruiters are spread thin and can be difficult to track down -- you have to be persistent. Good luck!!
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    Good job! Get into the recruiter - yesterday!! It's a much lengthier process than enlisting. I know you are aware of the paper pushing and long wait. Get that CCRN! I'm AF ICU, working at BAMC (ok, SAMMC). I was enlisted army. I'm glad I get to work with all the army - miss it.
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    Quote from midinphx
    Good job! Get into the recruiter - yesterday!! It's a much lengthier process than enlisting. I know you are aware of the paper pushing and long wait. Get that CCRN! I'm AF ICU, working at BAMC (ok, SAMMC). I was enlisted army. I'm glad I get to work with all the army - miss it.
    Totally thread-jacking, but are you still deployed or did you go back home? I was in BAF a few weeks ago for like ... 12 hours? LOL. Slept and left!
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    Just as information. I spoke with a recruiter today and was informed that the Army is now requiring all nurses to have at least 2 years experience prior to joining. I have the time I just wanted to pass it along.
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    I was at BAF until June. I'm on leave in Phoenix now. Back to work and being moved to the Pediatric ICU when I back. Crazy! I'm an ER and ICU nurse. I guess all my years with peds in the ER will be put to use. Did too much peds in BAF. Stay safe out there Lunah - tell your people it's better to get down and feel stupid than to stay up and get hit! Army thinks they are too tough not to hit the dirt too often.
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