New NP in the military - page 5

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   wtbcrna
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    We'll go together. We'll make it an allnurses invasion.
    Oh man....I am in trouble now....
  2. by   FNPdude74
    I spoke to a Army active duty healthcare recruiter yesterday. She said NP billets are closed until the next "fiscal" year which starts in this October. I put "fiscal" in quotes because I forgot what she named it. Also, theres only one slot open this coming October for the Army. Is this just for Hawaii or the Nation? Well anyway, I'm not graduating until August 2011 so hopefully more slots will open up. They said paperwork and stuff to get accepted, etc, takes about 2 months! This is fairly quick considering the AF and Navy told me that they take about 1 year.

    However, my main goal is to get into the Air Force active duty, but I've been having bad luck staying in contact with the only health care recruiter in the Pacific Basin (Hawaii). Very difficult to contact. I met with the AF recruiter in Spring 2009 and she tried to get me into the AF with my BSN to NTP but dam, I got into the FNP program here and couldn't pass up the opportunity to finish up school to obtain my goal of becoming an FNP. Ever since then, my friend contacted her a month ago and said she was just ridiculously bombarded with work and recruitment of healthcare professionals of all fields. I called many times maybe once a week and still no call back or return emails. I'll just wait till I'm nearly finished within 6 months of my FNP program I guess?

    I'm willing to be patient now since I realized that the AF is where I want to go. My uncle is a retired a Lt. Colonel in the AF reserves (Navy during Vietnam war) and he influenced me into joining the service. I don't expect to become rich, I just know that the military will take care of me if I take care of them to live a comfortable life. So when they tell you that there's only lets say, 1 slot open for FNPs this coming year, do they mean just from that location or the nation? Thanks everyone.
  3. by   shapely
    My recruiter made it sound like there were numerous spots for fnp's. We'll probably never know the exact numbers. Start the application process at least 1 year before graduation.
  4. by   MIKEFNP
    I am looking into the AF HPSP as I'm about to begin my MSN program. The recruiter I spoke with told me it was realistic to have the entire scholarship process complete in 2-3 months. Has anyone else heard this? If there are any active duty FNP's online, could you please share your experiences. What's day to day life like? How many extra duties do you have outside of your main clinic/hospital job? Thanks
  5. by   shapely
    Star76 is the only AD FNP on here that I've found. Page 3 she wrote about her experience. WCBCRNA also wrote about his role as a CRNA on page 5 including extra duties, etc. I'll be an FNP leaving for COT in August. Check back because I promise to update everyone. I would think it would take at least 2-3 months. The boards move a little slow and there is a lot of paperwork. To be eligible for the scholarship you probably have to go to MEPS too (get a physical). I don't think they would want to give a scholarship to someone who won't qualify physically. But good luck. Better to get started and eventually get it.
  6. by   Melissa17036
    hi mikefnp. i am in the af hpsp program working towards my fnp. i began the application process in may 2009 and took the oath january 21, 2010. the application process is lengthy but if you start now you should have no problem getting everything done by the start of the next fiscal year (october 2010). i think this is the best time to get your application in so it can be reviewed at the first boards of the year. i don't know how many fnp hpsp students they take every year but i imagine it's not very many.

    there is a lot to complete including; the application (includes essay type questions, goal statements, info regarding your background, etc.), meps physical, interviews with a chief nursing officer and np, and then the waiting.

    your recruiter is a major part of how fast things get done. the day i met with my recruiter he had me fill out paperwork to get the ball rolling. he also wanted me to go to meps the next day! at that point i was just collecting information so i waited to go until late june. i had my interviews in august and then my packet went to the november boards. i found out that i was accepted in december but at that point they need to process all of the info so, i couldn't take the oath until january.

    i began school in august 2009 but the af did not cover any of my tuition/books until the spring semester since i did not commission until january.

    i hope this helps.
  7. by   just_cause
    I was wondering if anyone in the AF might be able to private message me or post some general data on NP needs of the AF, is this an area of surplus and demand is quickly reached or still an area they actively have to recruit to meet the mission needs.
  8. by   MIKEFNP
    Thanks Melissa and Shapely for the input. Melissa, I would love to hear more about the process and any recommendations you might have as I go down the application path. Any more tips would be appreciated! thanks again
  9. by   Melissa17036
    mikefnp. i will be happy to help in any way i can. just let me know if you think of any specific questions. for now start to memorize the af mission and values. i tried to incorporate the information into my essay questions. it is also important to know during the interview process. the interviewers will specifically ask you what the af mission and values are.
  10. by   MIKEFNP

    Have you found out your duty station yet? If not, have you heard the odds of actually getting one of your top 4? I know the saying "it's ultimately up to the needs of the AF". Just wondering your experience.
  11. by   shapely
    I got my 3rd choice, Nellis. If you're in the scholarship program, you won't get your assignment probably till close to graduation.
  12. by   Melissa17036
    thanks for the reply shapely. i have also been wondering when i might find out where i will be stationed. do you know if i will be contacted or should i start making calls next summer before graduation? i haven't had the opportunity to fill out my preference list yet. do you remember when you made your list? thanks for any info.
  13. by   shapely
    I'm not sure when scholarship recipients will get their assignments. I would think around graduation time since assignments could change depending on when you graduate. I made my list when I submitted my application. Believe me when your time to graduate comes, they will be making plans for you. With the military it seems that everything just falls into place when it needs to. You could always start a thread asking other scholarship recipeints when they got their assignment or ask the recruiter.