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Are Air Force Nurses Deployed very often?

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jcoolcuda jcoolcuda (New) New

Specializes in cvicu, peds, ortho, icu, med-surg,. Has 16 years experience.

I wanted to know if Air Force nurses are deployed very often. I have 3 kids and want one more, but I am seriously considering joining the Air Force after I am accepted to anesthesia school. Can anyone help me out on this one?

why would you consider joining the AF after going through anesthesia school, you will get offered a alot more money on the outside?

jcoolcuda

Specializes in cvicu, peds, ortho, icu, med-surg,. Has 16 years experience.

Well, I have always liked the thought of the air force. They will pay for my anesthesia school and pay me a stipend while I am in school. I will enter the AF as a 2nd lut and upon graduating and receiving my cert be an O3 and a captain. I will only have to serve 3 years as a CRNA in the AF and will have that on my resume. I would join after I am accepted to anesthesia school.

YOu said you have 11 yrs nursing experience correct? You will come in as a cpt. as soon as you get commissioned. Have you been promised anesthesia school by the recruiter? Generally you have to serve 2 years on station before applying to an AFIT position for CRNA; unless you are doing some other sort of program. I'm trying to get the process started now myself and it is not easy.

NursePamela

Has 20+ years experience.

I think her anesthesia school is civilian side and is on her own than Air Force??? Am I right?

If you are talking about deployments there is no guarantee. I have Known active duty nurses to deploy every time their window comes up (currently every 15 months) and I have known nurses to never deploy. There is no guarantee no matter what anyone says. I will tell you that anesthesia comes in handy in deployed areas if that should give you any ideas.

OBigdog26, MSN, RN, NP

Has 8 years experience.

I think her anesthesia school is civilian side and is on her own than Air Force??? Am I right?

If you are talking about deployments there is no guarantee. I have Known active duty nurses to deploy every time their window comes up (currently every 15 months) and I have known nurses to never deploy. There is no guarantee no matter what anyone says. I will tell you that anesthesia comes in handy in deployed areas if that should give you any ideas.

Hey,

I am in my jr. year of nursing school. I plan on joining the AF after i graduate or when I am a senior. I am prior service army. When you say deploy, how long are the deployments for nurses?

I want to join the AF so that I can continue and pursue a master's degree. Hopefully as a CRNA. I know that it is competitive, but I'll take my chances because I want to repay my student loans. Any advice would be appreciated.

NursePamela

Has 20+ years experience.

Also expect change. What happens this year is not what can happen next.

Sounds like you are looking to do HPSP. Have you thought about the USAGPAN?

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