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Hello, I am interested in Air force nursing and currently talking to a recruiter. But I was hoping to get some additional information from current or former military nurses. I went to a community college and earned my LPN part way through the program and worked as a LPN for almost a year at a long term care facility until I graduated with my ADN in December 2018. I then left the country to help a family member and worked on my BSN online. When I returned to the states I worked at the US space and rocket center as a camp nurse. I later got a job on a very diverse med surgical floor in October and graduated with my BSN December 2019. I was interested in military nursing but was told not to contact a recruiter until I finished my BSN in nursing. I tried to contact them in early fall because I was interested in NTP and have a high GPA but I have had a hard time getting my recruiter to respond I finally got in contact with a recruiter before the holidays and he said because I graduated in December and I am working at hospital I will have too much experience to qualify for NTP but can apply as a commissioned officer. I am interested in flight nursing. I asked if it was better to apply now as a med surg nurse or get experience in the ICU or ER first. My recruiter asked the one of the higher nurse recruiters who said it was better to join as med surg and that it would be easier to transfer over. Does anyone have any experience with this. I have been told by my dad who was Navy that recruiters aren't always truthful. If anyone has experience with flight nursing in the Air force I would value any advice anyone has about flight nursing. Also any advice about life in the air force. The good and the bad. Thanks in advance.

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jfratian has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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The Air Force Nurse Corps is very regimented with its specialties.  You can't just go from Med-Surg to flight nursing as easily as you would applying for a job in another nursing department in a civilian hospital.  There are specific numbers of nurses allocated to each specialty.  To transfer from one to the other you must generally wait a few years, apply, get accepted, and then attend several months of training.

If you are okay with working inpatient med-surg for 2 years and then doing flight nursing, then I would say go for it.  You shouldn't have a problem getting accepted into flight after you do the minimum 2 years, because it's a very demanding (lots of travel) and high need specialty. Otherwise, get a year of experience in your specialty of choice first and then apply to the Air Force.  

 

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