Jump to content

Air force nursing 2018

As an applicant for the Air Force Nurse Corp 2018 I thought I would open a public thread for people to talk and ask questions. I was non-select in 2017 due to lack of time in a trauma center, but reapplying again for this FY2018 as ER/Trauma RN. This time I got some more certifications and experience under my belt and ready to move forward.

ashixes

Specializes in Emergency. Has 3 years experience.

I'm all submitted for this board as well for ER!

I started applying for AF in May of 2016, still waiting on commission. You've got some free time on your hands to get all the experience/certifications you want

ChrystalCole, BSN

Specializes in ER/Trauma/Peds. Has 5 years experience.

I submitted for the FY2018 board, as well. I was told to expect an answer by the end of August. Has anyone else heard anything? Good luck everyone!

ashixes

Specializes in Emergency. Has 3 years experience.

I submitted for the FY2018 board, as well. I was told to expect an answer by the end of August. Has anyone else heard anything? Good luck everyone!

I heard back about my score (1 to 10 scale) from my Col nurse interview from my recruiter but will still be in the dark until the middle of September is what I was told. I've never made a dream sheet though, have you?

ChrystalCole, BSN

Specializes in ER/Trauma/Peds. Has 5 years experience.

My recruiter had me fill out all the paperwork before my packet was submitted to the board. From what I've read each recruiter does it a little different though

Well I finished all my interviews this week. I just have to review my preferences one more time for assignment and then submit my packet. All I can say is just do what you can to forget about it while the boards meet and make their decisions.

Hey everyone,

I'm applying for psych-mental health for FY2018. Still waiting for approval from DoDMERB - had to send in some additional medical information. My recruiter initially wanted me medically approved before he set up the CN interview but since it's taking longer than expected he's working on it now. I started this process last July and it's taken quite awhile but I'm just as excited and determined to make it work as I was then. Wish you all the best of luck.

I applied as an ER/Trauma RN as well. I submitted my application in April and was told I will hear back in August. I have a year of experience in a level 1 trauma center in Chicago. My recruiter said he could almost guarantee acceptance. But recently I have had a few changes in my personal life and was offered a great opportunity in our OR so I am trying to gather more information on nursing in the reserves. My recruiter told me there aren't many spots available at this time, but I don't know if he was telling me that in order for me to stay with active. I have put in a lot of work for this application process, so it's hard to think about giving that all up. Either way I want to be in the AF as a nurse either active or reserve, and I am specifically interested in flight nursing if I were to move forward with the reserves.

Does anyone have more information on nursing in AF reserves?- Do they have spots? What is the work like? How does the application process differ than active? How long the application process takes..? Etc.

Yeah, my recruiter said the same thing also. I have just over a year of level 2 trauma in the chicagoland area.

ashixes

Specializes in Emergency. Has 3 years experience.

Paigechi, it's funny since my recruiter was saying how there were no bonuses for ER nurses to sign up, but that their were bonuses for OR since they needed them more. I was told there are only 15 spots for ER nurses for FY2018 which goes over the entire 4 selection boards that they hold. I'd say if you really want to do OR then switch and join later, but at the same time once you get in and work for a year or 2 you could request to train in another specialty. That's what the colonel nurse told me during my interview at least because I was mentioning how I always was interested in ICU as well. She said I could do civilian ICU and come into the Air Force as that, otherwise to work as an ED nurse and request to cross train, and that it all depended on where you were at and what the AF needed.

ashixes

Specializes in Emergency. Has 3 years experience.

Does anyone know if you find out where you'd be sent before signing?

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 8 years experience.

You do typically know your first assignment when signing.

Update for anyone, my recruiter emailed me and told me that the boards meet 8/22 and preliminary results should be released on 9/12. Good Luck Everyone!!!

Can you explain/describe what the interviews were like and what they entailed?

For my packet, I had 2 interviews. One was a face-face and the other was phone. In the face-face, I was sent to a base and met with the chief nurse of that facility. We would sit down and have a talk about our multiple aspects of life. During this discussion the Chief nurse will ask specific questions to see if you belong in the USAF or if you have what they are looking for. They go over expectations from you, career paths, family life, and what your goals are. I was fortunate to do this process twice, not by choice, and both were great experiences.

The phone interview for me, entailed a shorter and more to the point discussion detailed around my specialty. I was asked specific scenarios that would follow AHA guidelines, and then asked about my goals. I was also given the oppurtunity to ask questions for my own sake as well.

I forgot to mention with the face-face interview was able to get to tour the bases, and hospitals and get to how their facilities operate. If I was to say if there was anything that made me nervous it would of been the phone interview, and that is mainly because that interviewer is asking specific questions and scores you on how well you answer those questions. You never get the chance to be face-face to sell yourself. Remember these interviews are for you to sell you qualities just like in the private sector. They score you on a scale of "do not select" to "definitely select".

I hope that is helpful for you from my perspective.

Hi is any already in the AF trying to apply? where do you apply for the FY18 board? Also where do you gain your certifications? Is this something on the side you have to pay? I am Active AF enlisted thinking of commissioning.

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 8 years experience.

Hopefully your contract is up soon...

If not, you'll have to talk to your enlisted functional adviser. Typically, you have to apply for certain programs, such as the AF's Nurse Enlisted Commissioning program (talk to your 4N functional: an E8 or E9 typically).

If it is up soon, then you can just talk to a healthcare recruiter. Go to the AF website, use the 'find a recruiter' tool and select the 'healthcare student or professional' link.

ashixes

Specializes in Emergency. Has 3 years experience.

I got a call from my recruiter a week or two ago saying the New Nurse Transition boards were taking longer than expected and that was holding up them starting on our boards. Has anyone heard when we should hear something back by?

×

By using the site you agree to our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies.

OK