Military Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - page 2

Hey everyone, I have been an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for the last 5 years, the last 2 being in Critical Care. I am really wanting to join the Air Force or Navy as an ACNP, but information is... Read More

  1. by   juan de la cruz
    Quote from PsychGuy
    Btw, I didn't know brain ventricles were ostomied. Is that pressure monitoring?
    Pressure monitoring but more importantly to release pressure from hydrocephalus induced by a tumor or brain bleed.

    How to place an external ventricular drain (aka: ventriculostomy) - YouTube
  2. by   bnw6385
    Yes, it is. A lot of people know it the way I wrote it, but we technically say EVD for External Ventricular Device.
  3. by   bnw6385
    Got autocorrected. The above was correct. External Ventricular Drain.
  4. by   bnw6385
    By the way, on this 15th Anniversary of 9/11, I want to say bless those who lost their lives in the cowardly attacks. Bless the officers and firefighters, my fellow health care workers, and all servicemembers who responded to the call to defend this country. We live in an amazing time of technology combined with Medieval Barbarism. If anyone on here is reading this and thinking of serving the country, thank you for even making the consideration.
  5. by   juan de la cruz
    OP, do you know if Acute Care Nurse Practitioner is recognized as an official Nurse Corps job title in any branches of the military? I was told in the past that it's not listed as such (the same way as FNP and PMHNP are).
  6. by   bnw6385
    It is NOT recognized in any branch. You go in as a Critical Care RN or Emergency/Trauma RN or Flight RN.
  7. by   juan de la cruz
    Quote from bnw6385
    It is NOT recognized in any branch. You go in as a Critical Care RN or Emergency/Trauma RN or Flight RN.
    Then personally I wouldn't do it. There are enough opportunities in civilian settings and the VA system to work as an ACNP to the full extent of our training including managing critically ill patients and performing invasive procedures.
  8. by   airguard1
    The AF does use ACNPs and is the only service to
    actually utilize them as providers. I have been an ACNP for about 8 years. We practice primarily in the ICU.
  9. by   CoolLikeThat
    Quote from carolinapooh
    I'm active duty Air Force.

    If I were credentialed as an NP, there is no way on this planet I would let the military also recognize me as an RN. You're giving them too much opportunity to stick you in an RN billet (where every service has a shortage - don't believe the hype - they created a huge mess for themselves in the last round of drawdowns) and not care that you're an NP. Then you'll spend your time fighting to get the service to recognize that you have that NP and came in to use it.

    But that's just me.
    I deployed with an FNP that was put bedside as an RN - the needs of the military come first. She did throw a major girl scout tantrum which did not endear her to anyone.