New NP in the military - page 4

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   carolinapooh
    My guess is you'd have to get it from your recruiter, because that sort of stuff is only accessible from inside the Air Force on the assignments listing.
  2. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from Melissa17036
    Where can this information be found?
    Right now you would get it from your recruiter and/or their supervisor. Once in the AF you would get the information from your Chief Nurse usually or directly from your assignment manager.
  3. by   shapely
    WTBCRNA-What type of hours do you work as a CRNA? Are you enjoying military APN versus civillian? Do you have extra committees and meetings to go to like floor nurses? Is this going to be a career for you? I'm just curious.
  4. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from shapely
    WTBCRNA-What type of hours do you work as a CRNA? Are you enjoying military APN versus civillian? Do you have extra committees and meetings to go to like floor nurses? Is this going to be a career for you? I'm just curious.

    My hours are highly variable. Yesterday, I worked 12hrs and today I go in about 0630 and then I don't get to leave until all the cases are done and/or no running OB epidurals or more than likely unlikely until 0700 tomorrow(i.e. I am working a 24hr shift today d/t call). Tomorrow I am post call so I will be off all day. In general my work schedule is 0630 to 1500. We can't leave until our cases are done or until the call person can take over our room which for the most part ends being between 1500-1530. We have two kinds of call primary and backup. Yesterday I was backup call and today I am primary call. When all of providers are there we usually pull 4 days of calls a month, but I am doing 9 days of call this month and 13 days of call next month d/t deployments.

    I love being a CRNA. I am new CRNA so I haven't worked as a civilian CRNA yet. We all have extra duties etc. In general we don't do many committees/teaching etc., because we simply just can't get out of the OR long enough to do those kinds of extra duties.

    I will have over 12yrs in by the time my payback is over, but I am still weighing my choices whether to get out or not. My biggest priority right now is to make sure my two youngest children graduate high school before we move again, and both will have 2-3yrs high school left when my payback is done so who knows what I will do at that point.
  5. by   shapely
    Thanks WBTCRNA-I am currently working in the PACU. I'm a new grad as well waiting on my commission. I'm so excited. New career field plus new officer. I work with a lot of CRNA's and they all seem to love it. As for me, I'm tired of the call. Before PACU, I did L&D so my entire nursing career I've taken call and worked nights/weekends. We take 1 day a week and every 3rd weekend now. I'm hoping to not have call as a FNP or maybe just phone call for critical labs. I have my fingers crossed. *daydreaming* Please let me be in a daytime clinic without weekends. I'm hoping to do my 20 and be done with working full time. I also have a 401k from the past 8 years and an IRA we max out every year. I love nursing and enjoy going to work, so don't get me wrong but, someday I want to work around my vacations. Where are you stationed now?
  6. by   carolinapooh
    Wtb is in Alaska - and knows I'm HORRIBLY jealous over it!!
  7. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from carolinapooh
    Wtb is in Alaska - and knows I'm HORRIBLY jealous over it!!

    Elmendorf is considered an overseas assignment so you should be able to put in for at your 2yr mark. I really like it up here, but I need some more time off to enjoy the area.
  8. by   Pixie.RN
    My brother lives in Wasilla -- he drives for UPS. I'm dying to visit!!
  9. by   carolinapooh
    That's a heck of a place to drive for UPS!! (But what a gorgeous drive, I'm sure!) Hey, man, what can Brown do for YOU??

    (Maybe pay for your trip to Alaska...?? LOL! You could mail yourself at a discount!)

    Back to your regularly scheduled forum!
  10. by   Pixie.RN
    Yes indeed ... when I'm whining about driving during the Virginia winter (which was, admittedly, much snowier this year!), I think about my bro in his big brown non-4-wheel-drive UPS-mobile, and I shut up.

    Despite no real love for ginormous amounts of snow, I am not crossing Alaska off of my "places I'd like to be stationed at some point" list. My brother loves it there.
  11. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from LunahRN
    Yes indeed ... when I'm whining about driving during the Virginia winter (which was, admittedly, much snowier this year!), I think about my bro in his big brown non-4-wheel-drive UPS-mobile, and I shut up.

    Despite no real love for ginormous amounts of snow, I am not crossing Alaska off of my "places I'd like to be stationed at some point" list. My brother loves it there.
    The drive here in the winter isn't that bad except for early mornings sometimes before the snow plow trucks come by. I would expect that the UPS trucks use studded tires like most people around here during the winter. It makes driving a lot easier. As far as snow goes we got around 60" or so this winter.
  12. by   shapely
    You guys are making me want to go there next
  13. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from shapely
    You guys are making me want to go there next
    We'll go together. We'll make it an allnurses invasion.

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