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Specializes in NICU. Has 2 years experience.

Hi! This will be my second time applying as a NICU RN for the Air Force. I'm applying to the September boards. It would be great to hear from anyone applying to these boards as well! I posted a different thread a while back about this same thing, but it got no responses. Figured i would try again!

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Hi! This will be my second time applying as a NICU RN for the Air Force. I'm applying to the September boards. It would be great to hear from anyone applying to these boards as well! I posted a different thread a while back about this same thing, but it got no responses. Figured i would try again!

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Hi Morgan! I'm applying for the September boards as well. Is this your first time applying? I'm going for med-surg.

Pardon my ignorance, but I thought the Air Force was reducing its Nurse Corps?

I believe they are reducing its active members, but they still are taking a small number of nurses each year to replace others as needed. Every year nurses get out of the Air Force, move on, get promoted to new positions. The Air Force, at least for now, still needs newer nurses each year. That being said, it's not a ton. More like a handful

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 9 years experience.

The military doesn't work like the civilian sector. When we cut, we actually shape the force. We have to have a certain number of people at each rank. If we stopped letting new people in, we would lose the pyramid shape.

Anyone heard how often nurses get deployed? How long and how often? Where to? I'm an NP and just wondering, know this has been changed a lot recently.

morgan_porgan

Specializes in NICU. Has 2 years experience.

@CharkiddRN...

This will be my second time applying. I applied for NICU speciality last time and will be doing the same thing this year! I just wish September was here already. Although with as fast as June went by, it seems the rest of the summer is going to fly by! How is your application process coming along? I have a new recruiter this time around and it's a totally different experience, in a good way! This recruiter is very detail oriented and seems to have my best interest at heart which didn't come across from my last recruiter. The feedback I got last year was that I didn't have enough level 3 experience, so I got a new job at a higher level facility. So here's hoping that it helps me out this time through!

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 9 years experience.

It's totally situation dependent and changes with the times. In the early days of Iraq and Afghanistan, nurses pretty much deployed every time they hit their deployment band (often 6 months or more out of every 18-24 months in the Air Force). You deploy wherever the field hospitals are (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc). These days, almost nobody deploys.

So, if we decide to re-occupy Iraq (for example), then certainly just about every military nurse would be deployed at some point.

@morgan_porgan

I am completely finished with my application and have turned in everything. Now I'm just ensuring that I keep in contact with my recruiter and work out as much as I can. You're right September does seem like it is so far away! I can't wait until that month gets here. I'm excited about going in. I just hope that I'm selected. Do you know how many positions they have available for nurses for FY2016?

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 9 years experience.

It's likely that info isn't available yet. The Air Force has to look at who decided to separate or retire and how many ROTC and NECP people graduate from school. They use direct commissioning to fill the remaining gaps left by those considerations towards the beginning of a new fiscal year (closer to October 1st: the first day of the federal fiscal year).

Oh okay. That makes sense.

morgan_porgan

Specializes in NICU. Has 2 years experience.

Since I'm applying for the NICU speciality, my recrutier showed me the list and there was 3 slots open. It varies depending on what specality you're applying for or if you're FQ or not.

It can change though. Last year when I applied there was 4 slots starting out and then in August they cut it down to 2.

@ Camo-Angel and jfratian,

I love how yal responded to the question about reducing numbers! Sometimes when I share with someone my future goals/plans/dreams to serve...I frequently get that response about cutting numbers. Usually I give this stare of "why must you rain on my parade?!" lol. :woot:

All I can tell them is "well, they must still need nurses because they are still advertising for them". I can't think of anything else I'd rather do. It's the only reason I'm even getting my BSN out of the way.

ps...I've been watching these threads for a while now and I really appreciate all the information you all share.

TnRN43

Specializes in med surge, PCU, Tele. Has 3 years experience.

Hi!

I am applying for the September/October board also. I am so excited as it's right around the corner. I'm coming from a little different angle though. I am a civilian with no prior and I am older-46. I am applying for a FQ med surge position, which my recruiter did inform me has 30 slots this board, which is encouraging. I have spent almost 8 months getting my package ready and have everything completed except the interview with the CNO. Looking forward to hearing from others who will be with me on pins and needles as the date approaches. Good luck to us all!!

morgan_porgan

Specializes in NICU. Has 2 years experience.

Good luck! Even though September/October feels far away, I know that it's going to be here before we know it! I'm waiting on one last letter of recommendation and then doing my interviews in August! I've been through the process before, so I know what to expect. But it's still nerve racking. What's even more nerve racking is waiting for that phone call whether you made it in or not. It was pretty devastating last time getting a negative phone call. :/ But here's to praying it goes better the second time around!

Hi,

I am also applying for 2016 boards. I am applying FQ med-surg nurse. I'm getting my BSN this coming December and I can't wait. I am super excited.

Hi TnRN,

I talked to my recruiter and he told me that there are only 15 slots for medsurg? Have they changed it again? I mean 30 is better than 15.

TnRN43

Specializes in med surge, PCU, Tele. Has 3 years experience.

Hi TnRN,

I talked to my recruiter and he told me that there are only 15 slots for medsurg? Have they changed it again? I mean 30 is better than 15.

I'm not sure. He read off the list of specialties and their numbers and he said 30 for med surge. I know it had been 15 for the previous board. I sure hope he's right!!