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lucy18

ED, ICU, Education
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  1. lucy18

    Air Force Reserve Process

    Spoke to the recruiter, this was her response GI bill is not available in the reserves. I would require a waiver for flight which she does not think is possible. No partial retirement even for 1 day less of twenty years. No medical coverage, no sign on bonus, nothing. No answer to the perdiem requirement. I have two weeks to decide. I am going to look into active duty. I would believe based on this experience the AF does not need nurses. Of course, I did not start this process to get anything other than offer my experience, however I am unable nor did I expect to incur an additional job and cost because of it. Especially since there is no need for my expertise at McGuire. Thank you, you gave me more information than the recruiter. It is a definite military weakness. They undoubtedly lose many applicants due to their recruiter's minimal knowledge regarding healthcare professions, the hesitance to provide information and the intentional withholding of information.
  2. lucy18

    Air Force Reserve Process

    Thank you for the reply. I live in NYC so D.C. is not really driving distance. I think because of my age the flight nurse path is not an option, but I will ask the recruiter. Any idea about active duty? Would I qualify for GI Bill or any type of retirement? I would have to give up my retirement at my current job so I would have to know about that. I appreciate the reply. Thanks again.
  3. Thank you for responding. My recruiter says I don't qualify for the GI Bill since I already have an advanced degree. I planned on transferring it to my son. I knew I wasn't getting anything for signing on, but I was under the impression there was prorated retirement. My main motivation was to care for the soldiers, however the unit I would drill at does not do patient care. It is 2 hours away and I would need to stay in a nearby hotel. I would also have to keep my perdiem job in the Emergency Room which I planned on quitting once I commissioned. Since the unit does not do patient care I must ensure a certain amount of hours in the civilian hospital. My full time job is as an educator now so I must keep per diem status. I am very disappointed. It is becoming a hardship for me to join. I would be taking on a third job and would be accruing more cost between hotel, driving, uniforms and I wouldn't even be able to do any nursing care. There are no other bases that are commuting distance. Any ideas if active duty would offer anything different for an older commission?
  4. I am over 40 and am in the process of joining the Airforce Reserves. I had my Chief Nurse interview yesterday, although it went well I am perplexed about something. The Colonel was trying to persuade me not to join due to my age. I am over the age to complete 20 years. He said I would recieve no benefits for my service. I am not recieving a bonus or loan repayment which I understood before starting the process. I have no loans and already have an advanced degree. Here are my questions, to any older commissioned officers: Do I recieve any type of money toward retirement or any medical benefits? Can I get the GI Bill and transfer it to my son?
  5. lucy18

    Air Force Reserve Process

    Well, I went to MEPS on Wednesday and had my interview with the Commander and Cheif Nursing Officer today @ McGuire. It went well and they told me they would love to have me. Here is my dilemma. First, they could not understand why at my age of 46 I would ever want to do this, knowing that I am not recieving anything for my service. I of course am interested in helping those who have served and are coming back from war. Problem is McGuire does no patient care at all. In addition to this, I will have to keep my per diem job in the ED, I have been working full time as a nurse educator for the past two years. Since they don't do patient care you must have ongoing patient care in a civilian hospital. My plan was to quit my per diem job once I commissioned, instead it will be like taking on a third job, besides that I am in school. I am very disappointed, it is not what I had hoped for at all. I am starting to rethink my decision.
  6. lucy18

    Horror stories- MEPS

    Thank you. I like to be prepared.
  7. lucy18

    Horror stories- MEPS

    Thank you, so its medical paperwork. Anything else? Background information, financial for example.
  8. lucy18

    Horror stories- MEPS

    Can you tell me what type of paperwork you completed at MEPS?
  9. lucy18

    Commissioning and AF Sign-On Bonus

    Any one if they are offering bonuses for AF reserves?
  10. lucy18

    Air Force Reserve Flight Nursing

    Thought I would reply even if I cannot answer your questions. I also am a critical care, ED nurse pursuing the reserves, however as a clinical nurse. What I understand is that you must meet the needs of the facility you will be drilling at. In my case McGuire AFB is the only base within commuting distance. I have a Masters Degree in Education and do teach. My recruiter believes they will be more apt to use me as an educator rather than an ED Nurse since McGuire is an ambulatory care facility. So my advice is find out what base is within commuting distance and find out from your healthcare recruiter what openings they have. Then you can determine if any additional training would assist with the selection process.
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    MEPS over 40 physical

    The recruiters may not be as attuned to the over 40 crowd since they themselves are much younger. I have a binder with all my medical stuff and I plan on bringing it just in case. The tag with over 40 is pretty funny. I was hoping they would never know looking at me, but guess I'll be wearing it as a scarlet letter. I read in another blog that one of the over 40's was mistaken for a recruit's mother, hilarious! Age says so little about you other than how long you lived, not who you are, not what you have done and definitely what you can do. I hope you are judged on you as a person and not the number.
  12. lucy18

    Air Force Background check

    My husband who was a Marine had a copy of his SF 86, and it went back seven years. The questions were pretty straight forward with no real surprises. Thanks again.
  13. lucy18

    Air Force Background check

    Thank you, this is helpful.
  14. lucy18

    MEPS over 40 physical

    Thankyou. Best to be prepared. The process is long enough, don't want any further delays. I have copies of all my things so I will make sure to bring them.
  15. lucy18

    MEPS over 40 physical

    If you are over 40 whether normal or not you must have a copy of a recent mammography and papsmear. Also EKG and occular pressure exam as well as a rectal smear which they apparently do at MEPS. THE JOY OF BEING AN OLDER APPLICANT!
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