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Questions for anyone that can help. I am a civilian cardiac nurse with my BSN 4 months after graduating. I would like to become a CRNA, but I dont know which route would be the best. I am looking at Navy and Air force (Active Duty).
1. Should I go straight in as a nurse, or should I wait to get critical care experience as a civilian first in order to go in as a Critical care nurse?
2. If I wait and get accepted to a civilian CRNA school, would the Air Force/Navy pay for my schooling and pay while I go to school? If so, would I receive more CRNA training after I finished school with the military? Or do they only pay for you if you get in one of their schools?
3. I have a wife and two daughters. What should I consider when making my decision b/w Navy and Air Force?
4. What rank do you go in a new military nurse. What about if you go in as a CRNA?
Thank You!!!..... and if you have any more pertinent info or advice, I'm all ears...
1. Wait to get at least a year of critical care experience before applying. That way you will already have met the requirement to get in nurse anesthesia school, and you will be eligible for critical care nursing spot when you join the AF.
2. Yes, it is called HPSP. Yes, you would receive a little more training, but military nurse anesthesia training is overall probably the best nurse anesthesia training there is. You would miss out on somethings by training on the civilian side, but you would owe less time to the military if you decide you want to get out of the military (which the majority of CRNAs get out of the military after their initial commitment).
3. The biggest to consider is that as a CRNA in the AF you are pretty much guaranteed to deploy for 6+ months every 18mo. That doesn't even consider odd working hours, TDYs, and short missions that you maybe tasked with.
4. Ranks is dependent on RN experience and educational level. A BSN=2Lt, MSN=1Lt, and a Doctorate=Capt. You will get half time counting as RN up to 8 yrs experience and then it converts to 1 to 1 credit after that ( so 2yrs RN experience will get 1 yr towards rank). Rank has nothing to do with being a CRNA. It is only the educational level and RN experience that is considered when calculating entering rank for nurses.