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  1. Air Force/Decision-making help needed!!!
    I'm not sure of your age, but 20 years nursing makes me think you are over 42? To serve the full 20 years, you have to come in at 42 at the very latest. They will allow you to come in up until 47...
    Jul 28
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  2. Military Nursing
    I'm sad to hear you're getting out Lunah! You worked so hard to get in. You've done your time and served well. Definitely, you can always be proud you were of the 1% and served your country...
    Jul 28
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  3. Air Force FY 2015
    Having been in you people's shoes in the paperwork process and frustration, all I can say is get used to it. :) seriously, it took me 10 months to get in. I showed up ready to sign and had no...
    Jul 27
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  4. Military Nursing
    I did the opposite switch 4 years ago. As an ER nurse and an ICU nurse on the civilian end, I had the same leadership challenges as military nurses do - they just look different at first glance. I...
    Jul 27
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  5. Deciding what to do
    I joined the army when I was 18. I served for 3 years as I intended to do. The GI Bill and college fund helped me get through my bachelor's program and I earned my RN. I was a civilian nurse for...
    Jul 8
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  6. What can you tolerate the least?
    I cut myself on one of those huge glass ampules. Got 5 sutures. My gross stuck is that thick globular sputum.... enough said.
    Jun 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Malpractice Insurance
    I had malpractice as civilian. NSO as well. It's inexpensive. Don't fool yourself that a hospital will really cover you. If you are involved in lawsuit, you have to prove that you followed the...
    Jun 20
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  8. Looking for experienced AF officer advice
    Yes, you will be able to support a family. With 14 years icu I came In as O3. If you go to you can look up pay scales. You get your base pay, housing, and $200+ food allowance. For the...
    Jun 16
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  9. how to prevent burnout...
    It's not just in the ER. It's everywhere in nursing. I'm 46 and been doing ER and ICU nursing for 18 years. I remember when I started and finally had a tiny foothold of confidence in the ER how I...
    Jun 11
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  10. Military Nursing
    (warning - incoming sarcasm) yes, AF nurses stay nice and safe during deployments. We basically go to a prison type setting to keep us safe. But with google earth, the bad guys can see exactly...
    Jun 5
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  11. FY 2014 Air Force Nursing
    The most important thing you can do it get the highest GPA. It matters. After being an RN for 14 years, the recruiter asked me what my GPA was - I had no idea (it was high - but that never matter...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  12. FY 2014 Air Force Nursing
    42 is the age cut off, however, his 6 years prior buys him 6 years in age. He has until he is 48 to commission without a waiver. Prior service, though helpful, really doesn't matter in our AF...
    Jun 1
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  13. join the army?  too late for me, lol
    They are looking for the best of the best of the best!!
    May 31
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  14. 2LT duty station Landstuhl help
    Congrats on such a sweet assignment! I was stationed just down the road in Miesau army depot for 3 years. It's green and beautiful there. It's very heavily populated with Americans in that area so...
    May 30
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  15. NICU nursing
    There is a large and fairly busy NICU in San Antonio mil med center. If that's what you really want to come in as, ensure the recruiter gets that identifier on your contract. NICU nurses deploy as...
    May 27
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  16. Home from Afghanistan!
    Too many "things"!! Yep. I was unpacking my household when I got back and was freaking out over how many glasses I had! I remember complaining: who needs this many glasses? I sent boxes of stuff...
    Apr 29
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  17. Prospects of getting a Critical Care (ICU) nursing job in the Airforce
    I'm an AF ICU nurse. We are considered critically manned. I will not be released from ICU despite a great package to go something else. Also, ICU nurses are not going before the force shaping boards...
    Apr 19
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  18. Deployed Army Nursing: 101 Things I Learned While Deployed
    Dreams - yep. We get questioned about dreams/not sleeping, etc. I think we all walk away a bit changed in some way. I still get bad dreams, but rarely now. I still overreact and startle to sudden...
    Apr 12
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  19. Deployed Army Nursing: 101 Things I Learned While Deployed
    We all declared that we were not in a war on terror but a War on Dirt. lol. Smells: Yep, I love good smells. Those downy pearls that go in the wash load with your laundry actually gave me...
    Apr 10
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  20. Hospital Corpsman in Navy
    What does the recruiter say? My son just joined the army. I was surprised that the recruiter was able to see the actual jobs available for him and slot my son for what he wanted when he when to...
    Mar 26
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  21. AD or GS? Thoughts for an "older" RN?
    Rob, I have to agree with you about the need to be in shape in any branch of the military. Some nurses say that they are there to take care of patients not run. But I have been deployed with nurses...
    Mar 26
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  22. AD or GS? Thoughts for an "older" RN?
    I came in at 42. I was prior enlisted. Retirement looks great and is an incentive, but having an AD husband, you know the outlook of that. It's not a guarantee to get to serve 20 years anymore. ...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  23. Questions about enlisting for medic jobs
    ASVAB works for all branches. But I think once you are in the actual process of submitting a package, you have to dedicate to 1. My son just enlisted army. He knew which MOS was available...
    Mar 20
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  24. Home from Afghanistan!
    Happy home coming!
    Mar 15
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  25. Diagnosed ADHD before nursing school. Will this disqualify me from joining the USAF?
    I would never advise anyone to lie to get into military service.
    Mar 9
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing