A little background about me: I am a nurse with 5 years of experience on an LDRP unit that does about 1500 deliveries per year. I have also been a member of my hospital's perinatal flight team for the last 2 years, transporting high-risk patients from surrounding areas. I have NCC certifications in Inpatient Obstetrics and Electronic Fetal Monitoring. I have frequently considered joining the military, and have finally decided now is the time to pursue it.
I am 27 years old, single, and in decent physical shape.
Here's where things get interesting: I had a large meningioma, which caused permanent anosmia (I don't have a sense of smell) and I had a craniotomy in 2017.
My finances weren't the best after my surgery and everything and my credit score isn't the best. I know this is something they consider when commissioning.
I would love input from those with experience joining the military as a nurse! I would be interested to know if you have any idea if I even have a shot at joining, considering my medical and financial history. My recruiter doesn't seem too concerned, but I still am very worried I'm going to get denied, which would be devastating.
I also want to know how difficult /competitive the process is: it seems pretty straightforward, but I keep reading about people who apply multiple times for years before getting in. On that note; if I'm told no, can I keep trying?
At this time my recruiter tells me there are 4 slots available for OB nurses, but 52 for clinical nurses. He gave me the option of trying to join as a clinical nurse to improve my chances of getting in. My ultimate goal is to go back to school for my FNP, so I would be okay with changing specialties, even though I love labor and delivery!
I would love to hear other people's experiences with Air Force nursing in general as well, as far as if you like it, all the pros and cons, if I can expect to be deployed often, what bases are good/bad, etc!
Thanks in advance and thanks for reading this novel!