Most haven't made it!

  1. Hey all I am nursing student, going on to my 2nd semester and interested in joining the AFROTC detachment program in my school. According to my recruiter, all the nursing students who have gone through the program( 4 people) have not made it. He said it usually is too much to meet the AirForce requirements and the nursing requirements. He said one boy couldn't keep his grades up and end up going active duty,one girl couldn't keep her weight down, one girl decided in her 2nd semester nursing wasn't for her, and quit the program and ended up having to pay back all the scholarship money, one lady couldn;t handle younger people yelling at her when she went to field training and quit the program. He said basically the main reason of all of them was the Afrotc program took up all their time. He said I could be the 1st nursing student to make it. I'm like yeah that sounds good, but I'm scared. You have 3 afrotc classes a week, pt training starting at 6am twice a week, and leadership lab ( practicing drills) once a week for 2 1/2 hours. Does anybody know a nursing major who has made it through this program, or if you yourself have? How did you do it? how did you balance your time? I want to join but I don;t want to get myself in a bind either!
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  3. by   just_cause
    .... then don't do rotc. simply focus on getting your bsn - as NURSES have options to do a direct commission/accession that are not available to other branches...
    as long as you get your BSN you have options - so I'd make that first priority. Then in junior year you can start applying to have your contract in place 1 year out from graduation/nclex date... and you won't have to do ROTC as you don't 'need' it.
  4. by   Cursed Irishman
    Learn time management skills. Nobody said this road wasn't without sacrifice.
  5. by   Rose3721
    I just graduated last month with my BSN and I participated in Army ROTC. Simply put, you won't be able to do both ROTC and nursing school unless you really want to achieve both objectives; being a commissioned officer and being an RN. I have my time management skills honed to a sharp point as the result of being in ROTC. I also have a 4 year old and a husband who was deployed twice while I was in school. You get so much training in ROTC to prepare you to be a great officer that I think it's a great program to go through. The leadership skills that I learned and shaped in ROTC made clinicals a breeze for me. It sounds like the people that didn't make it didn't have their heart in it. I had PT 3 days a week, leadership labs once a week, and lecture for ROTC once a week, as well as 2 field training exercises (Fri-Sun) every semester. But I was still able to graduate on the Dean's list. And I feel prepared and ready to perform as an officer that my soldiers will respect and it is all because of ROTC. Just my opinion.
  6. by   hopeful_army_NP
    Quote from Rose3721
    I just graduated last month with my BSN and I participated in Army ROTC. Simply put, you won't be able to do both ROTC and nursing school unless you really want to achieve both objectives; being a commissioned officer and being an RN. I have my time management skills honed to a sharp point as the result of being in ROTC. I also have a 4 year old and a husband who was deployed twice while I was in school. You get so much training in ROTC to prepare you to be a great officer that I think it's a great program to go through. The leadership skills that I learned and shaped in ROTC made clinicals a breeze for me. It sounds like the people that didn't make it didn't have their heart in it. I had PT 3 days a week, leadership labs once a week, and lecture for ROTC once a week, as well as 2 field training exercises (Fri-Sun) every semester. But I was still able to graduate on the Dean's list. And I feel prepared and ready to perform as an officer that my soldiers will respect and it is all because of ROTC. Just my opinion.
    Awesome Job! How did you manage all that- along with your spouse being deployed twice- wow. Have you found out where your first assignment will be- and will you be stationed with your spouse? Best wishes for you and your family.

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