Quote from Gremlina
Hi. I am an Air Force spouse. We are stationed in Germany. I have a BA degree and wish to go back for a BS in Nursing and join the Air Force (which can be accomplished in an accelerated program in roughly 13 months so I've researched). My problem is that I need for a way to do clinicals. Do I have any hope of getting my degree over here (we are still to be stationed here for 2 years)? My dream has always been to be in the Air Force (no other branch is an option anyway since my husband is already in the AF and we would need to do joint spouse)! I had read that the AF re-imburses for Nursing school though I could be wrong about that. Basically I would like a little guidence as to what direction I can go with this. Is there a way to do clinicals in military hospital? Anyone know? Thanks so much!
1st: Make sure the school your obtaining the BSN from is National League of Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited.
2nd: For them to award the degree you will have to go through clinicals which you should be able to do at your local facility. Talk with the Chief Nurse there. I really don't see this as an issue I am sure your not the first to get your nursing degree over there.
3rd: Currently Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP) is offered to BSN holders. The amount right now is 29,000 which after taxes ends up being somewhere between 21,000 and 23,000. There is only so much money set aside each year so its a first come first serve type of thing. This year they actually ran out in Feb but 1 Oct its a whole new ballgame. The AF can decide from year to year if it will be offered and normally it depends on the need right now everyone needs nurses.
Currently the sign on bonus for nurse corp is 15,000 but after taxes ends up being about 7,900.
4th: When your within 12 mos of degree you can start working a packet and get selected but you will not be able to depart until you have the BSN and the NCLEX passed