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future FNP, Looking for advice

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NYMurse91 is a BSN, RN and specializes in ED Nursing.

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I am graduating from FNP program 2021 and looking to join military. My question is, would this be a good avenue to go even as a new grad FNP? My second question is, which branch would people recommend? I have no prior experience in armed forces, I was going to join Navy reserve as a new grad RN but instead accepted a position in a civilian Emergency Department where I worked for a total of 6 years as an RN. I will have 8 years experience by the time I graduate. I would want to do primary care or specialty clinic. 

Was thinking Army or Airforce because I realized during the Navy recruiting process how dis organized everything is and my recruiter lost a lot of my documents. It was a mess, and left a bad taste in my mouth. 

Any advice is appreciated, Thanks!

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jfratian has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Speaking from experience, all three branches are equally slow, needlessly bureaucratic, and disorganized; the extent to which you experience these features depends on who is your recruiter.  However, you won't completely avoid it no matter who that person is.

As a current active duty AF nurse, I would still encourage you to research all 3 branches.  You can even apply to all 3 at the same time...just don't tell your recruiters that you're doing that.

I really can't tell you the extent to which NPs are utilized in each branch.  That would really be your only deciding factor.  I know FNPs in the Air Force are well utilized in outpatient adult clinics stateside and abroad.

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NYMurse91 is a BSN, RN and specializes in ED Nursing.

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Okay thanks for the advice. I guess what I was more asking is do you feel that as a new grad FNP with no prior experience managing care, the military would be a good option. Are there training opportunities/ Continuing education/ Good mentoring by other NPs/ Docs. Or are you just thrown in to work somewhere and perform by yourself.

 

Do you know if I should start applying 1 year before graduation or do i need a degree first before applying?

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Shaycb7 specializes in ER and FNP.

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They won’t consider someone without a year experience. If I could do it over I would join as a nurse and have them send you to NP school. They don’t recruit many NPs. The navy has stopped the past few years. I was accepted in the army but I got 3 years experience as a NP after 5 years of ER/trauma. its been a year long process 

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jfratian has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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I'm not an NP so can't say anything about the mentoring/training for new grads.  I would say contact healthcare specific recruiters from all three branches about a year out from graduation; it takes almost a year to apply.  The numbers that they need change ever year, and so it's impossible to predict the needs of any branch or what levels of experience they want.

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