Student Considering Air Force Nursing - page 5

Hello Everyone, I am a nursing student trying to decide whether joining the Air Force is the right way for me to begin my nursing career (graduation may 2006). I have found this discussion very... Read More

  1. by   midinphx
    Medical officer Recruiters cover large regions and are spread pretty thin. Find that sweet spot between persistent and peskiness. lol. I would suggest that you present yourself to him/her with an attitude that you are into this 100% and that you are worth his effort. Look professional and show up with any document you may have that is relavent (birth cert, marriage license, license, any certifications). I basically checked in every week or 2 while the paperwork was in process.
    Good luck.
  2. by   darts_888
    do i have a chance to join the airforce even though i just passed nclex with no experience??
  3. by   mkb0521
    You are able to join AF, darts_888! contact a health professions recruiter for details! you will get training after joining!!
  4. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from darts_888
    do i have a chance to join the airforce even though i just passed nclex with no experience??
    I believe the AF (like the other services) requires a BSN from a school with either CCNE or NLNAC accreditation.
  5. by   Hayleymay00
    Hi I have a couple questions that I hope you can answer. My husband is stationed at Travis Air force Base and I am in the process of trying to get into nursing school. I have all my pre reqs and have applied to a couple schools. Many have a first come first serve application process and my last school I applied to landed me on a 2-year wait list. The chances that we will be stationed here for that long is slim:/ Would u recommend joining the air force and going to nursing school that way? Will they accept my pre reqs? Will my husband and I be stationed together? I know I have a lot of questions but I'm seriously stressing out:/
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from Hayleymay00
    Would u recommend joining the air force and going to nursing school that way?
    If you join before you're a nurse, they won't just send you to school to become a nurse. I know it's difficult for military spouses because you're not in one place that long. Sorry!
  7. by   GuelnRn
    Hello, i know this is an old post but it caught my eye! I am about a year and a half from graduating with my BSN and have been debating between the Air Force and the Navy Nurse Corps. I started with the Nurse Candidate Program application process with my medical recruiter about two weeks ago and I have been getting a lot of it done fairly quickly. However, after learning about the Air Force programs as well as Navy programs for current RNs I'm starting to think it might not be worth it to do NCP since the process will take some time which means my stipend for student loans will not be maximized yet I will still be giving the same amount of active duty years (4-5). So my question is, from your experiences as an Air Force nurse, do the Air Force and Navy take new grads with no prior experience? And if so what are the steps I should take to maximize my chances of receiving a commission? Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon!

    P.S. I'd love to PM you but can't seem to find the PM button haha
  8. by   missy_lew
    I am going to be graduating in 9 months with my BSN and am considering joining the AF. My husband is already enlisted (4 1/2 years now) so I am familiar with the lifestyle. We have two small children. My husband has PCS orders and we will be separated for 9 months while I finish school. He will be at Scott AFB and my biggest concern is not being able to be stationed together. If I worked for 6 months before joining would I have a better chance of being stationed where he is? Our family is separated enough with deployments and TDY's, I at least want us to be stationed together. I know his follow on will follow my orders, as I will outrank him, it is just initially that I am worried about.
  9. by   missy_lew
    If you enlist you can apply for the Nursing Program...you have to have all your pre-req's done and have a good GPA as it is competitive. You would receive your current salary (at the rank you are when you begin the program) while you go to school full time. You have to be enlisted for 2 years before applying for this program and have completed your 5-level training. You also have to extend your commitment to the AF by another 2 or 4 years. It will be a longer process, but it is possible.

    I went to nursing school while my husband was enlisted (still am actually, I graduate in 9 months). Luckily he was stationed here for 4 years. He does now have PCS orders and I will be staying behind with our kids to finish up school and it does suck that we will be separated, but that is kind of the life if you want a career yourself. I am considering joining after I graduate (the AF has a really generous loan repayment bonus) and am freaking out about being separated even longer for all the training.

    If you do join, you can apply for joint spouse orders and the AF is really good at giving you both orders together most of the time.
  10. by   Brittking91
    I just had a quick question. I am supposed to graduate with my BSN in May of 2014. How soon should I start gathering information to do this? Also, if you are accepted, do you have to deploy? Is there a way that you can stay in the U.S.?

    -Brittany
  11. by   Yammar
    If you want to join the military and not deploy, I suggest you don't join. Deployment is part of service and I personally don't want to serve with anyone who would skirt the responsibility and privilege of serving on deployment. I am currently on deployment and I feel it is an honor to do whatever I can to help our wounded soldiers return to health. On a daily basis I see 18-25 y.o. soldiers who have risked their lives in service to our country and they deserve better than wishy-washy healthcare professionals who cannot or will not step up and serve in deployments.

    Military service is not for everyone and those who are not able to give their all need not consider joining.
  12. by   midinphx
    Yammar, I know how strongly we can feel about deployments. I did my first one after being in only 9 months. You're right that serving our heroes is an amazing challenge and honor. Not everyone investigating what being in the service means understands that passion. I should get tasked from my next deployment in May - our deployment cycle is 18months home, 6 months deployed. And ICU nurses here seem to always get tasked.

    So....to soften that answer just a bit - yes, you can just about guarantee that you will deploy in the military. If you don't want to go oversees and be stationed away from home and have little say in where you go and when you go, then the military is probably a poor fit.
  13. by   LN75
    Quote from Yammar
    If you want to join the military and not deploy, I suggest you don't join. Deployment is part of service and I personally don't want to serve with anyone who would skirt the responsibility and privilege of serving on deployment. I am currently on deployment and I feel it is an honor to do whatever I can to help our wounded soldiers return to health. On a daily basis I see 18-25 y.o. soldiers who have risked their lives in service to our country and they deserve better than wishy-washy healthcare professionals who cannot or will not step up and serve in deployments.

    Military service is not for everyone and those who are not able to give their all need not consider joining.
    yammar, i have a few questions for you about deployments…check your PM

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