I've been finding lots of useful and interesting information in everyone's posts. So, I decided to start a thread of my own hoping to get more thoughts/advice on my specific situation.
So, I graduated from nursing school in 2006 and started my first job in July 2007. However, I married my husband later that year, who is Active Duty Army and left my job within in 5 months of starting in order to join my husband. Since then we had a daughter and because of that, I've gone back home every time he deploys because I didn't want to be on my own so far away from home (we are in an OCONUS duty station) while he's gone.
I've managed to accumulate about 2 1/2 years total RN experience, 2 of which are in NICU. Unfortunately, I haven't made a year in any one place. My longest stint was about 10 months. Most recently, I had a contract position at the local Army hospital for about 6 months.
I'm now starting the process of applying to the Air Force Nurse Corp. I'm tired of sacrificing my career for my husbands. And to be quite honest, while I realize it's hard work, I just can't pass up on all of the benefits that come with being active duty military.
I've contacted my local recruiter. However, he/she never called back. So, I decided to contact the recruiter back home (where I'll be returning to in January when my husband deploys, again) and she called me back today. We have a phone interview scheduled for tomorrow and I assume after that I'll be starting the application process and hoping to be ready for the boards in January.
Any advice/thoughts anyone has is more than welcome. I'm also wondering what you all think my chances of getting my specialty in NICU would be. I don't have my RNC. But like I said, I've sacrificed my career for my husband's military career. Do you think I'll get some "points" because I've been serving as a military spouse and worked at an Army hospital?
Let me know what you all think. Thanks!