New NP in the military - page 3

Hi all, I am about to graduate as a new FNP and will enter active duty service in the Air Force. I have to first attend officer training and then I'm off to my first base assignment at the end of... Read More

  1. by   shapely
    Starla-thanks for posting

    Hollaataplayer-The role of RN and FNP are completely different. That's why I was surprised when you said you were going to NTP. If they are sending you to NTP, they probably are commissioning you for floor nursing. It is possible to be an FNP without experience. It would be like a physician assistant practicing without experience. It will be challenging but it is doable. Going from RN to FNP is challenging. The only difference is I'm use to working with doctors and I'm comfortable with talking to patients, doing patient assessments, and patient education. But believe me the first prescription I write without someone looking over my shoulder will be verified with my medbook. LOL.
  2. by   FNPdude74
    Shapely,

    Thank you for your reply! I know that the roles are totally different of an RN and FNP. It's just that the recruiter here told me even though i would have my masters, I would have to go in through the NTP since i have no floor experience. But then again, I've heard that FNP can work as such without RN floor experience. I would have to talk to the recruiter again next year when I'm about to graduate and as about the mentorship training and not the NTP training for BSN new grads. Gee, I know I'll be nervous to prescribe my first med.
  3. by   shapely
    If you want to commission soon after graduation start application now. It's about a year long process. That's the one mistake I made.
  4. by   carolinapooh
    I'm grateful for all these NPs posting because my ultimate goal is NP, and while I know the transition for me will be a bit different since I'm already active duty, I'm still interested in all these posts. I think this is the most NP folks we've had on this forum in a long time! Thanks, Ya'll - you're getting me excited about grad school.
  5. by   Travelcrazy
    Not everyone gets their choice of assignments.... I didn't get any of the bases listed on my preference list!
  6. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from Travelcrazy
    Not everyone gets their choice of assignments.... I didn't get any of the bases listed on my preference list!
    Wow - you're the first! It could be that they didn't have your specialty at any of the bases you picked, or they didn't need you at any of the bases you picked.

    That sucks - hope you got somewhere decent and that you're OK with.
  7. by   shapely
    I can't wait to post on here my real time experience as an AF FNP.

    Carlina. You're going places. I did a completely online fnp and still worked full time. I took 3 classes at a time and finished in 2 years. My clinicals were 1-2 days a week, I worked 3 12 hour shifts, and still had time off to study and have fun. It was alot of studying and papers but as an experienced nurse you'll fly through. You will amaze yourself at how much you already know. Of course this is coming from someone who doesn't have kids. My husband did become quite good in the kitchen.
  8. by   Travelcrazy
    I'm happy with my assignment. It was just odd to me that I didn't get any of my choices-especially since I put down large hospital facilities and I'm a med/surg nurse. I ended up with an outpatient clinic.
  9. by   starla76
    Hey AF NPs...please post your experiences! I'd love to hear some different perspectives. I'm six months in and frankly, the jury is still out. We shall see....
  10. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from Travelcrazy
    I'm happy with my assignment. It was just odd to me that I didn't get any of my choices-especially since I put down large hospital facilities and I'm a med/surg nurse. I ended up with an outpatient clinic.
    That is TOO bizarre!
  11. by   FNPdude74
    I too am in the direct entry level FNP program. Well I wouldn't say direct entry because I went through a traditional BSN program first, then thought about grad school and now I'm attending the masters program full time and I graduate in August 2011. I was thinking about the Army for a little while since they'll get me into the military the quickest and I heard about opportunities, but then my uncle influenced me to get into the Air Force as he is a retired Lt. Colonel in the USAF as a logistics officer (line officer). He said you get promoted slower in the USAF and USN compared to the US Army, but "quality of life" is better. Of course, he's biased there.

    Well, I've been told it's a 6 months to 1 year process of getting into the USAF. I decided it'll be worth it to wait that long to get into the military branch I really wanted to get into, the USAF. So when I graduate, I would be a new grad FNP who went directly into a master's program to become an FNP with no previous acute care RN experience. Is the USAF in great need/demand for FNPs? I'm hearing stories about the USAF is in great need of FNPs, but not so much of bedside RNs as the Army is?
  12. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from Travelcrazy
    Not everyone gets their choice of assignments.... I didn't get any of the bases listed on my preference list!
    My advice to those just coming into the AF: Instead of making a blind list find out what bases have openings/openings coming up and then make your list from there. It will save you a lot frustration, and it will help your assignments officer.
  13. by   Melissa17036
    Quote from wtbcrna
    My advice to those just coming into the AF: Instead of making a blind list find out what bases have openings/openings coming up and then make your list from there. It will save you a lot frustration, and it will help your assignments officer.
    Where can this information be found?

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