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Airforce October 2020

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Specializes in Neuro ICU.

Hi everyone! I'm currently starting/going through the application process for the October boards for nursing for the Airforce and I was wondering if anyone else is going through the process or has gone through MEPS yet? I have read a lot of the old blogs from previous years on what its like and how the interview process goes with the Chief Nursing Officer, but still super. nervous!

Kayla Ackert, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

Following! I would love to get more current information, have you spoke to a recruiter?

Kayla Ackert, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

spoken with* LOL its my 4th/ 12 night shift I'm losing it!

1425oes, BSN

Specializes in Neuro ICU.

Hey! I have spoken with a recruiter, but I ended up reaching out to another recruiter from my home state, because he mislead me with information and now I'm pretty hesitant in trusting what he has to say. I have been trying to get a good idea on what its like and if its the right move for me. He was telling me at least for critical care there are only certain bases you can work at and you would have to stay there for three years which is a big committment in my eyes.

ExploringRN, BSN

Specializes in Dialysis,Stepdown, Cardiothoracic ICU. Has 8 years experience.

I am planning to join the AF too. But haven't started the process yet.

1425oes, BSN

Specializes in Neuro ICU.

4 minutes ago, ExploringRN said:

I am planning to join the AF too. But haven't started the process yet.

What makes you want to join? What kind of nurse are you currently?

ExploringRN, BSN

Specializes in Dialysis,Stepdown, Cardiothoracic ICU. Has 8 years experience.

3 minutes ago, 1425oes said:

What makes you want to join? What kind of nurse are you currently?

Currently, working at Cardiothoracic surgical ICU. Just looking for a place where I could be more useful.

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 9 years experience.

Would just recommend you talk to a few Air Force nurses first to make sure you understand what you're getting into. People who join the military for the bang-bang shoot-em-up trauma are generally disappointed. Nursing in a military MTF is like traveling back in time about 10 years. Everything in the military is just slower to change and adapt. That's very frustrating for civilians coming from a big university medical center.

Example: I've never pushed lytics for an MI prior to joining the military. We just didn't have prompt access to a cath lab...and presto!

You would certainly take a step back in terms of average patient acuity joining any military branch. You get a lot of military specific training and travel in exchange for that loss. I know more than a few nurses that thought they would get all this awesome trauma experience...only to realize you get that very rarely and only on deployments. Even on deployments, there's lots of waiting around for something to happen.

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ReconMedic, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Cardiothoracic and Transplant ICU. Has 2 years experience.

I am contemplating on applying to the October boards. I just went through the process with the Army and submitted a packet to the April boards but was placed on the OML. If I don’t get pulled from the OML before the new fiscal year in October, I’ll have to reboard...

I am a RN at a large Medical Center in a Cardiothoracic and Transplant ICU with 1.5 years of experience. I am also an eight year prior enlisted applicant. Thankfully I’ll be able to use my Army commissioning physical for the Air Force so I wouldn’t have to go through that mess again haha.

Anyone else applying for ICU and/or Flight nurse?

1425oes, BSN

Specializes in Neuro ICU.

10 hours ago, jfratian said:

Would just recommend you talk to a few Air Force nurses first to make sure you understand what you're getting into. People who join the military for the bang-bang shoot-em-up trauma are generally disappointed. Nursing in a military MTF is like traveling back in time about 10 years. Everything in the military is just slower to change and adapt. That's very frustrating for civilians coming from a big university medical center.

Example: I've never pushed lytics for an MI prior to joining the military. We just didn't have prompt access to a cath lab...and presto!

You would certainly take a step back in terms of average patient acuity joining any military branch. You get a lot of military specific training and travel in exchange for that loss. I know more than a few nurses that thought they would get all this awesome trauma experience...only to realize you get that very rarely and only on deployments. Even on deployments, there's lots of waiting around for something to happen.

Thank you so much for this information as this is super helpful. That definitely makes me nervous in deciding to join as I am coming from a level one teaching hospital. Thank you so much for taking the time to give me this information.

51 minutes ago, ReconMedic said:

I am contemplating on applying to the October boards. I just went through the process with the Army and submitted a packet to the April boards but was placed on the OML. If I don’t get pulled from the OML before the new fiscal year in October, I’ll have to reboard...

I am a RN at a large Medical Center in a Cardiothoracic and Transplant ICU with 1.5 years of experience. I am also an eight year prior enlisted applicant. Thankfully I’ll be able to use my Army commissioning physical for the Air Force so I wouldn’t have to go through that mess again haha.

Anyone else applying for ICU and/or Flight nurse?

Hey I have a year experience in a level one neuro ICU. I talked to my recruiter and initially he said you only need a year of acute experience for flight nursing, then he tells me you actually need two years of experience so I was extremely annoyed that he told me one thing and got my hopes up.

ExploringRN, BSN

Specializes in Dialysis,Stepdown, Cardiothoracic ICU. Has 8 years experience.

10 hours ago, jfratian said:

Would just recommend you talk to a few Air Force nurses first to make sure you understand what you're getting into. People who join the military for the bang-bang shoot-em-up trauma are generally disappointed. Nursing in a military MTF is like traveling back in time about 10 years. Everything in the military is just slower to change and adapt. That's very frustrating for civilians coming from a big university medical center.

Example: I've never pushed lytics for an MI prior to joining the military. We just didn't have prompt access to a cath lab...and presto!

You would certainly take a step back in terms of average patient acuity joining any military branch. You get a lot of military specific training and travel in exchange for that loss. I know more than a few nurses that thought they would get all this awesome trauma experience...only to realize you get that very rarely and only on deployments. Even on deployments, there's lots of waiting around for something to happen.

Thank you for this advice. I am weighing the pros and cons. Considering my husband's job too, he is currently working as a GS12 in one of the naval bases in Norfolk.

ReconMedic, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Cardiothoracic and Transplant ICU. Has 2 years experience.

22 hours ago, 1425oes said:

Hey I have a year experience in a level one neuro ICU. I talked to my recruiter and initially he said you only need a year of acute experience for flight nursing, then he tells me you actually need two years of experience so I was extremely annoyed that he told me one thing and got my hopes up.

You only need a year to apply, but 2 years will make you competitive. By the time the board meets I will have about 1 year and 10 months of experience and will have just over 2 years when I would leave for training. Apparently the board will weigh in the time you'll have before shipping off.

You can apply to both ICU and Flight at the same time and the board will choose which position you fit best.

Hey, I sent off my resume, LOR, transcripts.

I'm working on getting myself physically ready for the PFTs.

From what you were mentioning with interviewing with the Chief Nursing Officer and all...that is what I got from the recruiter so far as well.

Nurse Nate

Specializes in Nursing student. Has 2 years experience.

Hi I am soon to graduate this December and am looking at joining. I have prior service in the AF and have an idea what I'm getting into. But I do not understand the appl6 process completely. For the NTP for new grads, when does that 12 months or less nursing experience start? I am under the impression this is a long process, I would get some experience in the mean time, but I feel I would benefit greatly from the transition program even with about a year of experience. Also, if I started the process this January as I am told by the recruiter, how long is the process to go to the officer training? 

KateRN2019

Specializes in Med Surge. Has 2 years experience.

My friend went through the NTP program and he started his application process in nursing school. By the time he graduated he had 2 months till going to OTS and took his NCLEX in the meantime. If you have more than one year of acute nursing care experience you no longer can do the NTP because you will be a fully qualified nurse. I am applying as a direct commission and they do two boards a year. One in January and October.