Hello again to all the long-standing and new members. It has been quite a while since I last posted. For those of you who may remember, I applied to the ANCP last year for my senior year of nursing school, however, after going through the whole process and sending my packet up to be reviewed, I was informed that I was too old for that program (I am now 41 with 6 years active duty prior service)... bummed out.
Anyway, life goes on... I am now graduated with my BSN, I have taken and passed my NCLEX, and am in orientation on the neuro/surgical ICU at a local level I trauma center.
However, I have still not lost my desire to serve again in the Army. The last time I spoke with my recruiter (Nov. of 2011) I was told that the Nurse Corps was no longer accepting new Grad. nurses at that time, but that if I gained a year of experience, then I would be considered for appointment.
So here I am, looking at options again for returning to military service as a Nurse Corps Officer. So I have a few questions that I though some of you may be able to give insight on, before I talk to my recruiter again.
1. Is the Nurse Corps still full, and are they accepting very many applicants? (I am looking at a commission in 2013-14, so I would have over a year of ICU experience at that time).
2. I am also on track (still need to take an Orgo class and the GRE) to apply for CRNA School, and what better than the Army's, right? So, I would be interested to hear from anyone who has recently direct commissioned into the Army's CRNA program, and how that experience has been for them.
3. I thought I read somewhere that the Army CRNA school has (or will) moved to Ft. Bliss (El Paso, TX)...is this correct, or is it still at Bathesda, MD?
4. any advice on what and when I should begin prepairing for commission application. I had a full packet a year ago, but I know I will have to redo almost all of again it this time around... Love the MEPS! ;P
Thanks in advance for your input and advice,