ICU AirForce

Posted
by bryango bryango Member

Specializes in critical care/ICU.

Hi there. Anyone know what the needs are for the Air Force in regards to critical care nurses? I know a few years ago the need was high. I am curious to know if that need has decreased significantly since the wind down in Iraq and Afghanistan.

midinphx

midinphx

Specializes in ED. iCU, now add on PICU. Has 19 years experience. 849 Posts

We are still considered critically manned in ICU.

bryango

bryango

Specializes in critical care/ICU. 41 Posts

Mindiphx- what does critically manned mean? I am assuming that means- we got enough :)

midinphx

midinphx

Specializes in ED. iCU, now add on PICU. Has 19 years experience. 849 Posts

The opposite. Critically manned means that there are more open iCU slots than nurses to fill them. It's a good time to apply for fully qualified iCU. Be more competitive and get the CCRN.

bryango

bryango

Specializes in critical care/ICU. 41 Posts

That sounds like a positive for me. I have been a nurse 9 years now, all ICU. Sounds like its time to get ahold of the recruiter and get the ball rolling. Where are you stationed, midinphx?

jfratian

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 10 years experience. 1,483 Posts

I would like to point out that manning strength doesn't mean you are definitely going to be accepted. There isn't enough money in the budget to fully man ICU or OR or ER...they've all been critically manned for quite some time. There are still limited slots, and it's more difficult to get in than was a few years ago.

You're in a much better position with 9 years of ICU than med/surg, but it's far from a sure thing. Know that the app takes 8 months+ from the time you talk to a recruiter to the time you start training.