I am a Cpt. I just arrived at Keesler in June of this year, and I was enjoying working here in critical care. Now Keesler/Biloxi sucks since the hurricane.......A typical day for me is just like any other critical care nurse ( prehurricane of course/ I don't really have much of a job here until the hospital is repaired). I choose to get more involved in extra duties than some nurses, but 70% of the time my job is just like any other ICU nurse.
Now the other 30% is what really makes my job/dual profession different....eg.....This week I am getting ready to deploy so I have to do a gas mask fit test, quailfy w/ the m9 (pistol) and the M16, I have to go to deployment briefings etc. At other times I teach various classes. I have gone to various TDYs courses including combat casulty care course, a week long seminar on how to run humantarian assignments etc. I was going to attend critical care air transport class and C-Stars, but I will have to wait until after I deploy now. This will be my first deployment.
Being an officer you will be a leader from the get go. There is more expected from you than of your civilian counterparts. The politics/bureaucracy and deployments is what drives most military nurses to leave the military. The only way to really comprehend how different military nursing can be is to shadow a military nurse for a few days.
I will see if I can find some links to post to help w/ your briefing.
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Thank you so much for your reply.. sorry I have not been able to write back until now. What is your rank? Do you enjoy your job? Do you feel like you are given more opportunities in the AF as a nurse? How do you like Keesler. I was there two years old for a PDT. I thought it was great! If there is any other information that you can offer please do.. like a typical day for yourself? Have you been deploy? Any experiences you would like to share? I am going to be giving a brief on AF Nurses here soon.. would like to have a good grasp on it! Thanks so much for your help! Kala
Do you have a sn? mines kala noelle. Maybe you would like to chat sometime?