Schedule as an AF nurse - page 2

by AFFam

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Ok, so we are trying to decide whether I will go to work full-time or part-time once my husband completes NTP. I was wondering if his nursing schedule in the Air Force will be similar to his civilian schedule. Currently his... Read More


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    sounds like a whole bunch of time spent at the facility compared to civilian nursing.

    So, it is better to live really close to base even if the area is a bit seedy than far away and having to commute so much?
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    Ha ha Wtb!! She's been giving me a hard time for the last 6 months!!

    HNELLA, we can't wait to have you!! It's not too bad here. It has it's ups and downs like any other place, but overall, I still enjoy my job. When do you get here??

    Flipper, I wouldn't say you need to sacrifice a nice place to live to be close to the hospital. If you don't want to live on base, there are alot of places within 30 minutes or so. We have staff living in D'Iberville, Ocean Springs, and Gulfport. It's nice living on base, because it only takes about 5 minutes to get to work, but when you're on call or recalled, you have an hour to report.
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    COT 11-02 so I should be rolling into Keesler in Feb 11.
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    On a somewhat related note, does anyone know what it is like to be a single mother and a nurse in the AF? Reading all of these posts, I am starting to get worried. My son will be 12 when I get in (hopefully) next year. I'm just worried about going to a new place, knowing noone, and having no family in the area.
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    I work Langley L&D and our schedule is CONSTANTLY changing--I would know since I am the lucky scheduler. My husband was able to work FT around my hectic schedule, but as others have said, prepare for plan B because there are always conflicts. I have to go to work on my days off regularly--twice or so a month. Then there are my on-call shifts. Work is not impossible, just find an employer who is flexible, which shouldn't be too hard living in a military town because everyone is used to it!
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    Quote from The Little Greek
    I work Langley L&D and our schedule is CONSTANTLY changing--I would know since I am the lucky scheduler. My husband was able to work FT around my hectic schedule, but as others have said, prepare for plan B because there are always conflicts. I have to go to work on my days off regularly--twice or so a month. Then there are my on-call shifts. Work is not impossible, just find an employer who is flexible, which shouldn't be too hard living in a military town because everyone is used to it!

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but do you get any type of comp time for working extra, on call or call back? I am starting to get the bad feeling that you never really have a day off to play.
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    Quote from HNELLA
    Maybe this is a dumb question, but do you get any type of comp time for working extra, on call or call back? I am starting to get the bad feeling that you never really have a day off to play.
    We get time off, but there is just lots of extra duty stuff that you can't get done while you are at work. Plus, shift workers always get screwed because everything takes place at the convenience of the 8-5, M-F folks. The RNs that work L&D at LAFB take 2 12 hr call shifts per month. If we get called in I am usually able to pay them back by giving them another day off. But I'm a nice scheduler and our staffing usually supports it. I can't speak for other units.


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