Air Force COT questions - page 4

First of many questions: How much time is there before the end of COT and the beginning of your new nursing job? I should be heading to COT on June 29. If COT runs for four weeks, and ends on... Read More

  1. by   aglages
    Quote from wtbcrna
    I am AD AF, but I am in the AFIT program for graduate school. Which means my full time job is to goto school. I will graduate this December from Nurse Anesthesia school.
    Obviously your situation is different than someone who is full time AD and going to school part time around their AD responsibilities. Just out of curiousity:
    1. how long were you AD before you were able to get into Nurse Anesthesia school?
    2. How did you acrue your acute care experience pre-requisite?
    3. What additional time do you owe the AF for this school?
    Thanks
  2. by   Cursed Irishman
    Quote from wtbcrna
    ?? I started a graduate nursing program shortly after joining the AF, and I am currently going to graduate nursing full time while on AD. You don't have to wait to goto school until after the military. It is not always the easiest thing to do, but officer/enlisted persons do it all the time.

    I don't know if that is what you meant, but I thought I would clarify somethings about being AD and going to school.
    Yes WTB, I know what a superstar you are ....I was referencing the priority of work regarding the overall attitude/theme of the post....but you're right, after re-reading it, I was overly ambiguous.
    Last edit by Cursed Irishman on Oct 14, '09
  3. by   Cursed Irishman
    Quote from Spencer2002
    Ok, this may sound silly but what running shoes should I buy. I'm developing a shin splint and I'm told it's my cheap shoes.
    Don't go to a mall to buy your running shoes. Go to a store especially for running and have your foot measured and determine what kind of roll you have. Brooks & New balances have always treated me right. Plus don't run constantly on concrete/asphalt.
  4. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from aglages
    Obviously your situation is different than someone who is full time AD and going to school part time around their AD responsibilities. Just out of curiousity:
    1. how long were you AD before you were able to get into Nurse Anesthesia school?
    2. How did you acrue your acute care experience pre-requisite?
    3. What additional time do you owe the AF for this school?
    Thanks
    1. Approx. 5.5yrs.
    2. Already had enough before I came in, but I also worked ICU at Sheppard AFB (before it closed) and Keesler AFB.
    3. Nurse anesthesia school is 2.5yrs the payback is 4.5yr.
  5. by   aglages
    Thanks!
  6. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from kato10
    I agree the Asics gel would be a good start. I believe for COT they require everyone to have the same shoes that we have to buy. I would highly recommend getting some gel insoles for those shoes.
    COT requires that you have running shoes - they don't care, as long as they're not neon green and silver (they have to be "conservative in color"). In BMT they provide running shoes, but COT is different (as is OTS).
  7. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from Cursed Irishman
    Don't go to a mall to buy your running shoes. Go to a store especially for running and have your foot measured and determine what kind of roll you have. Brooks & New balances have always treated me right. Plus don't run constantly on concrete/asphalt.
    Brooks are awesome. They don't feel like much when you put them on, but I have all kinds of running issues (pronation for a start) and I've never had a problem with Brooks.
  8. by   aglages
    Quote from carolinapooh
    "Full time" in grad school is only two classes. You work a schedule similar to a civilian RN in a military hospital, so you have weekdays off.

    I worked with plenty of RNs at Duke who worked full time and went to grad school full time; it's not like doing undergrad full time.
    Thanks carolinapooh. So someone would be able to earn a NP part time while on AD in the AF? How much of that (for instance at Duke) will the AF pay? Seeing you are doing this part time what is the payback (in AD time) for Uncle Sam's part time tuition assistance? I suppose all of this is dependent on a person being stationed at one duty location long enough to put together enough part time classes to become a NP? Can't imagine the grad classes transfer well or that you can easily move into another college's grad program. Am I mistaken?
  9. by   The Little Greek
    Quote from kato10
    I agree the Asics gel would be a good start. I believe for COT they require everyone to have the same shoes that we have to buy. I would highly recommend getting some gel insoles for those shoes.
    As far as running shoes go, you can bring your own. They will not make you all have the same running shoes. However, having some insoles for the uniform shoes/boots might not be a bad idea.
  10. by   kato10
    Carolinapooh....thanks for letting me know about bringing your own shoes to COT. I had read some place that they have their own like BMT but to know what shoe type you are. I remember how horrible the shoes were in basic. I had shin splints so bad.

    What NP program are you doing....FNP? I've been told the AF needs about 30 FNP which is what I will come in as if I ever finish with the process.
  11. by   kato10
    For those that have gone through COT already, what is a typical day like? Is there a lot of classroom time? How many days did you do PT? Was the 1.5mi run on the road or track? Is there any field training?
  12. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from kato10
    Carolinapooh....thanks for letting me know about bringing your own shoes to COT. I had read some place that they have their own like BMT but to know what shoe type you are. I remember how horrible the shoes were in basic. I had shin splints so bad.

    What NP program are you doing....FNP? I've been told the AF needs about 30 FNP which is what I will come in as if I ever finish with the process.
    I'll probably get my FNP just to make myself more "placeable" - i.e., to keep my base options open. I'm an RN right now. I want to start my FNP by next fall.

    They don't issue officers ANYTHING - seriously.
  13. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from aglages
    Thanks carolinapooh. So someone would be able to earn a NP part time while on AD in the AF? How much of that (for instance at Duke) will the AF pay? Seeing you are doing this part time what is the payback (in AD time) for Uncle Sam's part time tuition assistance? I suppose all of this is dependent on a person being stationed at one duty location long enough to put together enough part time classes to become a NP? Can't imagine the grad classes transfer well or that you can easily move into another college's grad program. Am I mistaken?
    Remember - a majority of FNP and APN programs are completed totally online. And, there are tons of schools out there that are "military friendly" - meaning they charge you the in-state rate regardless of where you're stationed or where your home of record is. Once you throw the words "I'm active duty military" a lot of places start bending over backwards to help you out.

    I think the AD time you owe is based on the standard completion rate of the program if you were full time. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. i.e. - a two year program requires you owe them X amount of time. It used to work that way, but it's probably changed.

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