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jfratian MSN, RN

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jfratian has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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    Navy nurse corps for Foreign Grad Nurses

    Get an MSN online from a U.S. school. Many nursing MSNs in nursing education or management are as quick as 32 credit hours (about 11 or 12 classes). That's how most foreign grads do it.
  2. No it would not be wise to join until you get a decree from a U.S. nursing school with the proper accreditation. You will have to wait years longer to be a military nurse enlisting as a medic or corpsman first. Even if you earned an MSN from a U.S. school on your own while working as a medic/corpsman, they would make you finish out your enlistment prior to commissioning. You should graduate first and then join the military.
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    Air Force Nursing Transition Program?

    Having done both active duty AF and reserves, I personally feel that the Air Force Reserves (or guard) is the best deal going. You can do whatever job you want much quicker and there are always opportunities to be put on full-time orders and effectively get the same pay and benefits as an active duty nurse. You can even earn an active duty retirement with enough reserves points. As a reservist, you just have way more freedom. I don't really see any advantage to active duty. I would highly recommend you just get an civilian ER (ACS level 1) or ICU job once you graduate and then apply as a reservist after a year. You won't face much competition for reserve slots; there are always open jobs in most units. That's honestly going to be the fastest route to flight nursing. You'll be much happier in the long run.
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    Air Force vs Navy?

    Yeah you should definitely look at the Air Force Reserves or Air Guard for flight nursing in a part time capacity; they fly more anyway. You can always volunteer for deployments and do more if you want to. Active duty Air Force makes new nurses, even with ICU experience, jump through a bunch of hoops and wait several years before letting them do flight nurse (AE) or critical care transport (CCATT). The Navy really doesn't have many flight nursing jobs.
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    Nursing and AirGuard...

    Definitely wait until after you graduate with a BSN. You'll be likely joining as a medical technician if you don't get a BSN first.
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    Information Starting a Military Nursing Career

    Yes, there are specific healthcare recruiters for each region of the country for each branch; the branch website usually has drop down menus that guide healthcare professionals to the right recruiter. I'm not sure whether you can really join with an associates degree or not. That seems to fluctuate based on need for nurses and I know the Air Force never allows it. Typically if you can, you are required to get a BSN before you can promote to a certain rank...usually O-3 or so. The difference between branches for those who are military nurses is small. You still have the one weekend a month and 2 weeks per year requirement. You're job is largely nursing focused. The finer job details and mission will vary by branch. With the reserves/guard, you interview with each unit; this is similar to a civilian job. Each unit typically has a certain function, and those functions differ by branch. For example, the Air Force reserve and guard units generally focus on aeromedical evacuation and patient movement by air throughout the world: flight nursing, staging, etc. You really have to ask the unit what they do.
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    Duty Stations!!

    This was a mildly entertaining drunken christmas diversion. Obviously nothing I said is true or even based partly in fact. You're not worth it. You came in here with a chip on your shoulder wanting to be spoon fed for no effort. Nobody here is going to play ball.
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    Duty Stations!!

    Now if you're in bagram, the poppy situation is off the chain. A couple M4s gets you all the product you need to really have a good time.
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    Duty Stations!!

    Well pacers had the high end lines of coke that I really needed after a long day so I preferred that. Now, I think cheetahs near the docks has the preteens you might crave.
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    Duty Stations!!

    Now balboa in San Diego...they've got a great swingers group. You've got have someone invite you to the facebook group for sure!
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    2 year probationary period for army civilian nurse

    In my experience, nobody in the Federal government ever gets fired unless they're really bad.
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    Duty Stations!!

    Now I put in picc lines at SAMMC in San Antonio. Not a great staffing situation. I was working 60 hr weeks. I never got to see my family! Horrible base!
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    Duty Stations!!

    Oh and when I was at Luke in Phoenix there was a great titty bar around the corner. $2 beers. Can you believe it?!? Does that help?
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    Duty Stations!!

    OK, my autistic son had a great therapist at JBER in Anchorage,AK. Maybe they're still there?!? Definitely best base ever!
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    QM/PI/Risk Management in Military Nursing?

    Prepare to take a step back with your management transition if you join the military. Generally speaking, you cannot start immediately as a military nurse in a non bedside role. The reason is because the military strongly values longevity and time in service, and you can't lead (which non-bedside roles typically are) without a decent amount of it. Depending on your starting rank, you might be able to do management or quality improvement down the road...at least 4 years in I would say.
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    Military nurses treatment of civilian nurses

    Yeah, you're largely treated much better. I know every unit I've worked on generally gave civilians their first choice of vacation and schedule. They were afraid that they would just call out if they didn't get their way. It's way harder for a military person to call out sick.