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Looking to join the national guard.

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by Mindy Sue Mindy Sue (New) New

Hello fellow nurses! I have my ADN and am a few months from finishing my BSN through Western governors. I work in a skilled nursing facility and have (as and LPN then RN) for 8 years.  I’m interested in joining the national guard, should I wait until I finish my BSN to start the application process? 
 

Does the NG only take critical care/ER nurses? 

Jeckrn1, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Operating room, ER, Home Health. Has 22 years experience.

You will need to contact a healthcare recruiter for your state. The NG does not have as many medical slots compared to the reserves. 

nurse2033, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU.

You will need your BSN to apply but not to find a job. I would recommend you contact the unit where you want to work. They can facilitate recruitment. Reserve and Guard are roughly equivalent in their time commitment.

Thank you for the replies! Contacted an AMEDD guard recruiter and they’re over Strength right now. The reserves want 1 year ER experience, looks like I’ll be applying at local ER’s and try again in a year! Thanks! 

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Jeckrn1, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Operating room, ER, Home Health. Has 22 years experience.

It’s true that they are over strength. The Major (O-4) boards just came out and the pick up rate was 29%. Normally it’s over 70%.