Bravodeltaj

Bravodeltaj BSN

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Bravodeltaj has 12 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU/ER.

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  1. Hi there.  Just run in to this thread.  How's the Air force life treating you? Army reserve nurse and I am trying to see if I can cross over to Air Force reserve flight nurse.

    1. Bravodeltaj

      Bravodeltaj, BSN

      Hey! So far, I like it. I am a non-prior E so don’t really have anything to compare it to but I had just completed OTS and it wasn’t bad. I am still waiting for dates for the next training. Flight nursing in the AF is basically transporting patients/military service members that are stable (think of it as med/surg/psych patients) from one base to another using a cargo plane. This is not CCAT (Critical Care Air Transport). So if that’s what you’re looking for, then this isn’t for you. As flight nurses in the AFRC, we basically learn the aircraft so we can safely transport patients and manage them during the flight. I’ve gone to a training mission and it was fun. From what I’ve heard since I am not a fully qualified flyer yet, they usually transport really stable patients.

      If you are curious to know what my timeline looks like since COVID pretty much affected everything:

      Aug 2019 - first POC with recruiter

      Sept 2019 - MEPS

      Dec 2019 - Interview with Chief Nurse for the FN job

      Mar 2020 - In-flight Physical and took my oath (commissioning)

      **** insert COVID restrictions ****

      June 2020 - virtual orientation and then from then on, monthly drills virtually.

      January 2021 - was given my dates for OTS

      April 2020 - OTS (I was sent to the 5-week course, others were sent to the 8-week course; you will never know which one they send you to)

      And now I am just waiting on other training dates, such as SERE, Water Survival, and Flight Nurse School and the internship that follows after that.

    2. RobdRN

      RobdRN

      Thank you for responding and thank you for the insight.  Sound like you liking it.  Yes,  I heard about the 2 different flight nurse.  CCAT and AE.  CCAT do not get a wing but AE gets the wing.  I have an ER experience but I am leaning more towards AE.  I am in touch with AF recruiter and hope to get it moving.  I heard it takes a good year.  Where do you do your weekend drill?  

  2. Air Force Reserve Flight Nursing 2020

    Hey there! Flight nurses do get a bonus, however, the amount depends on the current need at the time of application. It used to be 45K/yr for 3 years... then it became 20K/yr. so I’m not sure where it’s at now. flight nurse reservists are a little...
  3. Flight Nursing in Air Force Reserves

    I was basically told three weeks before my flight physical that he was trying to get me oathed in before flight physical. So ??‍♂️
  4. Flight Nursing in Air Force Reserves

    Had my interview in December... was waiting on flight physical since but was also told that it runs on a different time frame as the whole approval process. That was why I was able to oath in on the same day I had my flight physical. I just had my fl...
  5. Air Force Reserves Flight Nurse Process

    Hello! im going in for a flight nurse interview with the Chief Nurse next week. Any tips? How do I prepare for the interview? I would appreciate any response! thank you!
  6. Direct commission

    Hi there! I see that these posts are old! But wanted to follow up and ask what happened after. I decided to join the AF reserves as a flight nurse in August 2019 and I did my MEPS and passed in September 2019. I just got confirmed for an interview mi...
  7. Flight Nursing in Air Force Reserves

    I’m also here in SoCal waiting for March AFB to get back to me for flight physical. I did my MEPS beginning of September, been following up and waiting for a response.
  8. Flight Nursing in Air Force Reserves

    For those of you who are already flight nurses in the reserves: How do the benefits look like?Do you get full medical, dental, vision being in the reserves?Investment/Retirement accounts?What other benefits are there?After being deemed “qualified”, a...
  9. Flight Nursing in Air Force Reserves

    Hi again Devo19: On bonuses, I was informed that you don't get your first bonus until you hit your first year of service... is this first year counted on your commissioning date? or do they start counting after all trainings have been completed--mean...
  10. Flight Nursing in Air Force Reserves

    Hi there GueInRn! I followed this thread and read throughout. Just wondering what you ended up doing since I am also here in California and probably working with the same recruiter as yours, I am currently waiting for my interview at March AFB to be ...
  11. Flight Nursing in Air Force Reserves

    Hi guys, I am in the process of getting into the reserves as a flight nurse as well. I just finished my MEPS and passed, now waiting for my interview. According to my recruiter, air force speed is government speed so I really don't know when I will b...