This is my first post
I have always been in civilian service positions (non-profit, education, etc), and I come from a service-oriented family (Mom works in Social Security; Dad is an Army Colonel; Brother is a Marine Corp Major; sister is a Fire Dept. Captain; and my other sister is a Physician Assistant). I want to continue this legacy of service!
I have been reading and found various forums on here regarding folks who have become Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) as civilians OR have joined the military through the Nurse Corps; but I am interested in changing careers to become a CNM (non-nursing background with a college degree), and would like to join the Air Force and use the HPSP (Health Professions Scholarship
Program) to cover the cost of the bridge program to become a CNM. Has anyone taken this route before (specifically joining using HPSP as a non-nurse)? It seems many people use the HPSP for medical school, but I know it can be used to train CNMs. I would love if anyone has some guidance on the following:
1. What is the HPSP application process/what does it require?
2. What is the timeline of the Boards? How do they base their decisions on who gets selected for an HPSP?
3. Any positive and/or "wish I had known" experiences to share as an Air Force CNM?
4. What are examples of additional leadership responsibilities that are expected from a CNM Officer?
My goal is to finish pre-reqs by this summer (2018), and apply to midwifery programs this year for a June or September 2019 start date. Hopefully I can go to COT between March - May, before school starts? Thoughts?
I'm excited about this journey! Thanks in advance for any help and advice anyone can provide!
(Read this as neutral and not aggressive)
You have a degree in __________.
You want to be an advanced practice nurse in the Air Force...?
How is it that an accredited college will accept you into a CNM program without a "bachelors in nursing" ?
Are you sure it's accredited...sounds fishy to me. With nursing it's kind of stupid. I know a nurse that has an associates in nursing. And a bachelors in education. Wants to be a nurse educator and teach nursing education but since she doesn't have a bachelors in NURSING education she's a no-go.
I would question this school (and maybe you did) and make sure you're not going to get screwed. A lot of pop up nursing schools are expensive and lose accreditation-when that happens you're stuck with a useless non-useable degree.
Every nurse midwife I know was a nurse first in peds, picu or labor and delivery before they went back to CNM.....just be careful and make sure you aren't getting screwed.....
Again I read through this and it could be mistaken for an aggressive and demeaning tone but I assure you I'm just looking out for you and not trying to be a jerk)
as far as joining the military....get yourself a good recruiter. Feel them out. I inquired about the military in 2013. My recruiter saw gaps in my resume and experience. Steered me in the right direction. Checked in on me in 2014 to see if I was meeting milestones. I was. He repeatedly checked in on me and kept a file up until 2016 when I checked my last box off and started the paperwork and MEPs process. And finally in 2017 I commissioned in the army. Your medical recruiter will make or break you. And it's a LONG process. You sound like me in 2012. Which is fine. Grab that degree, get the experience and serve. Just meet with the medical recruiter. Lay out your prospects and see what they advise you to do.
i spoke to almost every branch and there were more than a few recruiters that didn't care and wanted to steer me in another direction to get me in. One Air Force recruiter told me to enlist as something else and then I can commission later...not the route for me. Another Air Force recruiter wanted me to commission into the nurse transition program which would essentially start me as a new grad nurse even though I had 6 years I'd experience. This was because there was no critical care slots available. He told me I could reclass once a position opened up. Now knowing what I know after being in....to reclassify isn't easy and it's a real headache for some of my colleagues. So that was Not for me either. Navy had no incentive for my skill set. Marines not an option either. Army was my best fit. But I think mostly because the recruiter. Finally found a recruiter that wanted to help me for me. Be vigilant. Good luck.
Last edit by brap740 on Feb 7