Quote from victorh
Thanks for your reply. I do have a few questions in regards to deployments, length, region, etc. How is the work schedule 3-12's 4-12's? Average length of stay at assigned duty station before PCSing? How about rank and how easy is it to gain it? I was told that if I get accepted into the NTP program I'll go to one of seven or eight bases that conduct the NTP after COT. I'm hoping for Travis or Nellis as my NTP base. I'm hoping that after the NTP I can stay at one of these two bases as my first duty station. Is it true that after about two years, if you get into a masters program they will take care of the costs associated with furthering my education, and will I transition into a full time student status during my time at school. What about OCONUS PCS's? Are they hard to get? How about nurse to pt ratios and support staff? Thanks again for your input, I know that I asked a lot. I'm excited about this venture and like I said I've been in the guard for eleven years and would love this opportunity to go active.
Oh my gosh....so many questions...lol
Shift work is usually 12hr shifts....work Mon, Tues, off Wed/Th, work Fri,Sat & Sun. Next week off Mon, Tues, work Wed/Th and then off Fri, Sat, Sun.
Non Shift workers M-F 0730-1630
Deployments: Length 4-6 months, most often deployed to Iraq, Germany, and Afghanistan.
Normal length of stay at CONUS base is now 4.5 yrs just changed from 3yrs
Normal length of stay at OCONUS base still 2yrs
I think somebody was trying to tell you about going to school using AFIT. AFIT is based on AirForce wide selection board and you can go to school full-time on active duty. It is doubtfull that you will get picked up for one of these slots at your two year mark d/t competition, experience, and time in service. The good news you can get 100% tution assistance and go to school on your own while working. If you want to PM your email address I will email you last years requirements for AFIT selection. It is about 50 pages.
OCONUS PCS's are not hard to get, but you will probably have to wait atleast two years. Normally they don't send new nurses overseas. You will be eligible to put in for an OCONUS assignment at your two year mark.
Nurse to patient ratios vary...Med-Surg units usually run a high of 5-6 pts per nurse, but it depends on the base. Support staff is great you will usually have one tech per one-two nurses.
Did I get them all? Let me know if you anymore questions.