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Air Force nursing FY2021

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Specializes in ER. Has 8 years experience.

Hello all,

I have looked all over this site in hopes of finding others that are getting their packets ready and are applying to the Air Force this fall. I have not found any recent threads on this.

I am applying for an ER spot. I have been a RN for 7 years and work in a Level II trauma emergency center. I have my MSN-Administrative Leadership and TCRN. Is there anyone out there that is also getting their packets ready for October boards? My recruiter told me that because of COVID everything has been pushed back and that boards will meet in October this year. He also told me that I would be going to MEPS and doing my medical in the next 3 weeks.

Peter RN

Specializes in Med/surg.

I also am applying but for a clinical nurse position. My recruiter hasn’t mentioned anything about Covid causing any delays... but then again my recruiter doesn’t tell me much of anything so who knows. I have 2 years med/surg experience, my CMSRN , and 9.5 years active duty time in the Air Force, currently in the reserves.

djmatte, ADN, MSN, RN, NP

Has 7 years experience.

I have a FNP package I was told just got cleared to go to board. Been working at this for a year. Finally was taken over by someone who could get things moving. New recruiter said mine are going to a rolling board and I should have the results in a few weeks. Fingers crossed.

tabmeechie, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 8 years experience.

My recruiter told me last December to wait until April to start, them covid happened. I did that and now I’m still waiting to go to MEPS and do my interviews. I feel like he’s been pretty up front with me but it’s coming down to the last minute which makes me nervous. He did say boards aren’t meeting until the first part of October so hopefully we’ll get everything completed in time.

Trigirl80

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. Has 17 years experience.

Hi All,

I am putting in an FNP package as well. I have my chief nurse interview next week and still waiting on MEPS. MEPS has been to only slow part for me. How were your chief nurse interviews? I felt like the consultant interview was more of a conversation than an interview.

scnurse2019

Specializes in medsurg. Has 3 years experience.

I am applying in the fall. I have already been to MEPS. I just have my chief nurse interview. I am applying as a clinical nurse. My recruiter says nothing has changed has far as delays. But he said to be flexible.

tabmeechie, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 8 years experience.

How was your chief nurse interview? In person or phone?

tabmeechie, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 8 years experience.

How was your chief nurse interview? In person or phone?

Trigirl80 how was the consultant interview?
He told me Friday that he was shooting for the 31st for MEPS.

scnurse2019

Specializes in medsurg. Has 3 years experience.

I haven't had my interview yet. It is the only thing I have left. It will be by zoom or something similar.

tabmeechie, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 8 years experience.

2 minutes ago, scnurse2019 said:

I haven't had my interview yet. It is the only thing I have left. It will be by zoom or something similar.

Sorry I misread your comment. I’ll be interested to hear how it goes. My recruiter asked me if I was able to travel 2.5 hours away to do my chief nurse interview from what ask I’ve read from others, it seems most are by phone.

scnurse2019

Specializes in medsurg. Has 3 years experience.

Originally I was going to travel 2 hours to meet by person and then Corona happened. Mine said most are by phone these days. I would prefer in person.

Trigirl80

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. Has 17 years experience.

The consultant interview was over the phone. It was more a conversation with the consultant making sure I understood what life as an AD NP would be like, because I've been a civilian NP for over a decade. He did ask several specific questions about how my family would handle moves and deployments. I have a 6 hour drive to get to the chief nurse interview! I was told that interview would be different and more like a real job interview.

I'm nervous for MEPs, because I'm older and have had a few minor medical things over the years. I'm nervous they'll just keep asking for more medical records and more medical records and take forever. I'm so old that many of my records have been destroyed. Has anyone dealt with this or waivers? Once they accept you to come to MEPs are you pretty much fine unless you failed to mention that you are missing limb or something?

tabmeechie, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 8 years experience.

11 hours ago, Trigirl80 said:

The consultant interview was over the phone. It was more a conversation with the consultant making sure I understood what life as an AD NP would be like, because I've been a civilian NP for over a decade. He did ask several specific questions about how my family would handle moves and deployments. I have a 6 hour drive to get to the chief nurse interview! I was told that interview would be different and more like a real job interview.

I'm nervous for MEPs, because I'm older and have had a few minor medical things over the years. I'm nervous they'll just keep asking for more medical records and more medical records and take forever. I'm so old that many of my records have been destroyed. Has anyone dealt with this or waivers? Once they accept you to come to MEPs are you pretty much fine unless you failed to mention that you are missing limb or something?

I too am a little older but don’t really have any medical history so I feel I’m good on that.
I found out today that I’m going to MEPS Monday and will have my chief nurse interview next week. My recruiter said it will be a FaceTime or zoom interview. Any insight on the CN interview would be great!

Trigirl80

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. Has 17 years experience.

10 hours ago, tabmeechie said:

I too am a little older but don’t really have any medical history so I feel I’m good on that.
I found out today that I’m going to MEPS Monday and will have my chief nurse interview next week. My recruiter said it will be a FaceTime or zoom interview. Any insight on the CN interview would be great!

Oh WOW!. That's encouraging that MEPS can get you in next week. Pretty jealous of your zoom interview option. I'll let you know after my interview this week how it goes.

tabmeechie, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 8 years experience.

1 hour ago, Trigirl80 said:

Oh WOW!!. That's encouraging that MEPS can get you in next week. Pretty jealous of your zoom interview option. I'll let you know after my interview this week how it goes.

Yes please do. The only thing I worry about is that I’m going to be driving/riding to Chicago when I do the interview so I’m not sure how that will be perceived by the CN.

djmatte, ADN, MSN, RN, NP

Has 7 years experience.

I've had my stuff in process for so long, I can't remember half the steps I've gone through. I started with a Navy package. Cleared MEPS 1 year ago this past March. Navy dropped NPs for 2020 (and 2019 for that matter). Moved to Air Force. Finished all of my interviews last Februaryish. Multiple paperwork changes, waivers, and then a second recruiter to pick up the slack and I was finally told last week it was heading to board. I'm prior service and 40. So hoping everything goes through finally. The waivers were the biggest PITA with all of the military records they had to review and consider. Regardless, my fingers are crossed.

Peter RN

Specializes in Med/surg.

Have any of you been told of the number of applicants they’re accepting this year? My recruiter said he hasn’t been informed. Just wondering if anyone else’s recruiter told them otherwise.

tabmeechie, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 8 years experience.

59 minutes ago, Peter RN said:

Have any of you been told of the number of applicants they’re accepting this year? My recruiter said he hasn’t been informed. Just wondering if anyone else’s recruiter told them otherwise.

Mine told me for ER there were about 25 last year but may be different this year, that the availability hasn't came out yet. Mine also told me not to get caught up in the numbers available.