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NTP bases??

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by MarywoodMurse MarywoodMurse (New) New

I have just started the application process to become an Air Force nurse and recieved my information packet from my recruiter (finally!). He included a list of bases which offer NTP programs (since i will be a fresh graduate) however when i was doing some searching around this forum and other places online i noticed that what he said during our meeting and what is in this information packet seems like it might be slightly dated and i was wondering if anyone has current information on which bases currently and in the near future will still offer the NTP program. The base list that i have is Peterson (CO), Andrews (MD), Eglin (FL), Keesler (MS), Lackland (TX), Langley (VA), Mt. Home (ID), Nellis (NV), Travis (CA) and Wright Patterson (OH). I was hoping to get Peterson, Andrews or Langley however these are the bases that seemed to have conflicting info with what i have found online. Any help or adive is greatly appreciated!!

luvbug080688

Specializes in Med/Surg, APU/PACU, Peds, Flight. Has 5 years experience.

Hmm...I don't know about all of the bases but I will be going to NTP in September/October-ish at Wright-Patterson and I know some people who are going to Keesler and Lackland.

The Little Greek

Specializes in L&D, mother/baby, antepartum. Has 5 years experience.

I'm at Langely and I've never seen NTP students here. Unless they are planning this for the new hospital opening, which is always a possibility. We do have PNC (training for perinatal RNs).

midinphx

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

I'm wondering why you are looking for NTP bases. It isn't necessarily where you will be assigned after your short stint at NTP. What are you looking into it for? Are you asking the right question to get the answer you are looking for?

2012RN2b

Specializes in None.

Below is the most current list of NTP bases taken from the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning PRogram (NECP) application guidelines. As The Little Greek said your NTP base may or may not be your first duty station.

a. Eglin AFB, FL

b. Elmendorf AFB, AK

c. Keesler AFB, MS

d. Lackland AFB, TX

e. Landstuhl AB, GE

f. Langley AFB, VA

g. Mt Home AFB, ID

h. Nellis AFB, NV

i. Travis AFB, CA

j. Wright Patterson AFB, OH

carolinapooh, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

To my knowledge there is no NTP at Landshtul anymore; I can't imagine them having the time or the room for that given their operations tempo.

I also don't think Mt Home, Keelser, or Langley are valid at this point. I think Davis-Monthan in Tucson, AZ has NTP now; I keep seeing folks on this forum with orders to NTP in AZ and I don't think they're going to Phoenix. I know Eglin doesn't have NTP because I went to COT with several RNs who were sent to Eglin, but came to Lackland TDY for NTP.

I think all that's left are Lackland (soon to be Ft Sam/Brooke Army Medical Center), Travis, Wright-Patt, and whichever base in AZ has it. NECP isn't always updated appropriately.

midinphx

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

The Arizona NTP is off base in Scottsdale. They house you at the Marriott and you train at Scottsdale Shea or Scottsdale Osborn hospitals. this info was actually in the Nurseweek magazine I got. There is one nurse online here who is there now. Luke AFB is here in Phoenix, but it's at least 45 minutes from the hospitals.

carolinapooh, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

I knew it couldn't be Luke, and Tucson was the only other base I knew of. Cool - thanks for posting that piece of info.

The Little Greek

Specializes in L&D, mother/baby, antepartum. Has 5 years experience.

It seems that many of the new NTP slots are located at civilian community hospitals. I know someone who is in NTP in Cincinnati right now. SHe told me that this is being done to give students the most exposure to a variety of nursing experiences.

carolinapooh, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

Which is strange because they'll spend their careers working for the Feds in Federal facilities (which for the most part are so far removed from the civilian sector it's like comparing apples to oranges).....I figured it had more to do with funding and a lack of places to put new grads (i.e., more new grads than Wilford Hall and other smaller AF hospitals can handle).

But we all know about spin, I guess. :)

annabeap

Specializes in pediatrics. Has 10 years experience.

Haha, I can tell you that they don't have NTP up at Mt Home. They have 10 beds and NO IMPATIENT PHARMACY. I'm sure it's a beautiful place though. :) And Andrews is supposed to be turned into a clinic soon, I thought.

And Lackland's Wilford Hall will soon be SAMMC (located on Ft Sam Houston... sorta).

Sooner than later, all these Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) projects will change where we train/work. But it's exciting in the meantime!

carolinapooh, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

Actually, Wilford Hall will still be Wilford Hall - as a massive outpatient center. We already are SAMMC - we're SAMMC South, and BAMC is SAMMC North. SAMMC North will become the inpatient center, and SAMMC South will be all the clinics. The architectural drawings of this place are amazing!

annabeap

Specializes in pediatrics. Has 10 years experience.

Thanks for clarifying! And I agree, that new facility will be so beautiful!

2012RN2b

Specializes in None.

carolinapooh you were correct after reading more carefully i realized the list i posted were bases that have inpatient care were necp new grads can be stationed for their first pds. after more careful research i was able to track this down the following dated 9 mar 2010:

the usaf nurse transition program (ntp) is a clinical training program for nurses with less than 12 months acute care experience. the course is designed to facilitate the transition of novice nurses into the roles of air force nurse corps officers. the nurse transition program provides students the opportunity to gain experience and competence in direct patient care under the supervision of a nurse preceptor. the course is 11 weeks for the military sites and 9 weeks in length for the civilians sites.

the course is currently hosted at the following 10 sites:

96th medical group - eglin afb

81st medical group - keesler afb

59th medical group - lackland afb

60th medical group - travis afb

88th medical group - wright-patterson afb

3rd medical group, elmendorf afb

99th medical group - nellis afb

landstuhl regional medical center, germany

university hospital, cincinnati oh

scottsdale health care, scottsdale az

the first 5 days are classroom instruction and includes hospital inprocessing. clinical rotation one focuses on skills acquisition. the new nurse works with a preceptor whose primary purpose is to train, educate and mentor while the nurse is on that unit. clinical rotation two focuses on team leading. the ntp student must effectively demonstrate the ability to manage a team of patients in order to graduate from the course.

carolinapooh, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

That list still seems inaccurate to me, mostly because of where I hear people going on this board. And I still know four RNs who went to Eglin straight from COT, but came to Lackland TDY for NTP (while the DoD will spend money like it's water, the AF is notoriously tight when it comes to TDY money). I also don't believe they're having it anywhere overseas (I can't imagine the expense involved) - but since the incoming COT classes seem to be huge this could be changing this fiscal year. I'll ask our education office and see if I can get better information.

It bugs me that it doesn't say "59th Medical Wing" - we're the only independently operating medical wing in the Air Force - our two-starred commander is a physician, not a pilot! In a lot of ways that makes life easier for us.

The Little Greek

Specializes in L&D, mother/baby, antepartum. Has 5 years experience.

Unless something has changed in the last few months Eglin AFB does host NTP students. I work with two RNs that got here about six months ago from NTP there. They both loved it and want to be stationed there down the road.

carolinapooh, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

Unless something has changed in the last few months Eglin AFB does host NTP students. I work with two RNs that got here about six months ago from NTP there. They both loved it and want to be stationed there down the road.

How strange, then, that they'd TDY RNs to Lackland who are actually stationed at Eglin - unusually poor planning on the AF's part - someone at Randolph screwed up big time, I guess. :)