Selection board 2012 for air force - page 15
hello everyone, got a question. when applying for the 2012 nurse corp selection boards, are all the applicants all over the country competing with eachother or do you compete with just your... Read More
0Jun 11, '12 by rndiver82The whole selection process is one of the most mentally challenging things I have ever experienced. When my first application was rejected, all the other apps my recruiter sent had something written on it for what to improve if a resubmission was planned. Mine was absolutely blank. No direction, recommendations, nothing. So I had no direction whatsoever. The biggest differences between this board and my last is I got married (no more child care waiver) and I renewed 4 certifications. That's it. I don't know how that made such a difference.
I have 7yrs nursing experience, all ER/Trauma with a smattering of burn, hospice and transport mixed in. I've taught EMT-B classes and have advanced trauma certifications. I also have over 500 preceptor hours that I could prove instead of just claiming and submitted all my CEU's.
My advice is what my recruiter told me: reapply as many times as it takes. His wife was one of his recruits that was a non-select (imagine having to do that!) and she was picked up for the women's health NP scholarship program. I have been working with him for the past 18mo, and whenever I needed a pep talk, he was great. So really, do whatever you can to show how much you want this and reapply your butt off.
0Jun 11, '12 by ATLRN0828Jenks,That's great! Now you can calm down and take a deep breath (sorry, I really don't mean that in a mean way but you just seem very anxious). I was #1 on the alternate list and got in. Basically if someone declines for any reason or cannot go for any reason you are in. Let me know if you have any more questions
0Quote from ATLRN0828Thank u very much for the info. It does feel somewhat more positive now... Just hope to find out very soon if and when I get to go for sure.. Thanks again, it is very much appreciated!!Jenks,That's great! Now you can calm down and take a deep breath (sorry, I really don't mean that in a mean way but you just seem very anxious). I was #1 on the alternate list and got in. Basically if someone declines for any reason or cannot go for any reason you are in. Let me know if you have any more questions
0Quote from destiny2k5Oh no!!! I'm sorry... I hear they give noted sometimes about what to work on for next time... Or start talking to the Navy?? Their boards are in August I think..,Hi guys..bad news for me
I just got an email from my recruiter saying that I was a non-select. I'm going to call her of possible reasons why I didn't get chosen. Any words of advice or encouragement? My feelings of hopes went down........ :'(
0Jun 11, '12 by five_marshallsThis might be a dumb question but what is the selection board? I am getting a direct commission as a flight nurse. I have passed meps and my interview. I just did my flying class physical. I should do my oath in about three weeks. I asked my recruiter if I am going to have to go before a selection board and he says no.., does the selection board apply to my situation? Why or why not? I have so little information and like most of you the waiting is killing me!!! Any advice/info???
0Jun 12, '12 by destiny2k5I also want to add some of my general nursing background information to have an idea:
-graduated in 2010 with my BSN degree
-passed NCLEX Sept 8, 2010
-Currently working for 1yr and 7months as a Med-Surg Nurse full-time
-no prior military service
...this is basically what my background is trying to apply for the FQ boards as an AF Active Duty nurse
I was a non-select so I was not sure what could of factored in the decision of me not being chosen.
I was wondering if anyone could give me any ideas/reasons why you think I wasn't selected. Could it be not having enough experience?
Any opinions/comments would help....
0Jun 13, '12 by rndiver82destiny~
As a non-select from the last board, I totally understand how demoralizing it can be to be a non-select with absolutely no reason given. To say I was heartbroken is the understatement of the year. Here are my specs:
7yr nursing in Level 1 and 2 trauma centers (both adult and peds)
3.9 GPA for my BSN
Advaced trauma education
Taught EMS classes
Concurrent experience in transport and burn care
500 documented preceptor hours
100 documented CEU's
100 documented volunteer hours over the last 6 months
No prior military service
So really, my recruiter was at a total loss as to why I was not selected on the last boards. Nor did his CO have an idea, but the whole office was ticked off. There was a Captain in the ANG who had 10yr of service as a flight nurse who was trying to go strict active duty with recommendations from 3 Col., he'd worked with in Africa, and HE WAS NOT SELECTED. They recommended he stay in the ANG. My application was blank when his other submissions had pointers of what they wanted to see improved upon. Between the last board and this board, I updated 4 certifications that were about to lapse and got married (meaning my child care waiver went away). Thats it.
So, as you can see, there really is no rhyme or reason to the selection process. It's simply what they are looking for at the time. My suggestion to you is 100% reapply. Reapply as many times as it takes and continue to get more experience in nursing. DO NOT GIVE UP. I had the thought in my head to not reapply and my recruiter would hear nothing about it. He thought the board made a massive mistake and really made me see that I had everything they wanted in experience in a recruit, which really made me feel better.
So, I will give you the same advice. If you want in badly enough, continue to apply. Just remember, you will never get the benefits of an AF nursing position that you will as a civilian nurse. Never. That is why I kept after it. This isn't just for me, but for my son and family as well. So do not gove up.