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  1. Currently, retention bonuses (also referred to as incentive special pay) require a board certification (CNOR, CCRN, CEN, etc) and an eligible course AF course (you can get one done in your first year on active duty). You can take one as long as you don't owe time for anything else. Just take a 3 year deal, get your cert, and sign-up for CSTARs once you get to your first base. CSTARs (a 2 week class) is the easiest eligible course you can take to get the ISP.
  2. And the AF just increased the retention bonuses for current ER and ICU nurses to $35K per year for a 6 year deal ($210,000). That should tell you something.
  3. jfratian

    Flight Nursing in Air Force Reserves

    The SERE techs do 5.5 months... https://www.fairchild.af.mil/About/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/238992/us-air-force-survival-school/ I think you'll be fine as long as you have a good attitude. It's not designed to fail people.
  4. I don't think anybody is going to train you to do a job you've never done if you only want to work 1 day a week or less (my definition of PRN). No offense, but inpatient nursing is a significant body of knowledge and it takes years to become competent. Even if someone was willing to let you do it, you can't effectively learn vasoactive drips, vents, or invasive monitoring a few days a month anyway. You need a steady stream of experience to build on. I'm pretty sure you could apply to many FNP programs without acute care experience anyway.
  5. jfratian

    Flight Nursing in Air Force Reserves

    Okay, for the record, it's not the REAL SERE school. It's an abbreviated version. People with marginal fitness levels and no camping/outdoor experience get through it all the time. You should be fine.
  6. I just listened to the deputy AF chief nurse speak last week about this. The theoretical reduction is targeted at nurses without a deployed mission. These include NICU and L&D. They haven't actually announced cuts, and currently plan to allow retirements and separations to weed people out. I would expect that NICU and L&D would be the first people either pushed out or forced to retrain if they do start cutting. ICU and flight nurses are still short. They will still direct commission some nurses (especially in ICU and flight), because of force shaping. You need a certain number of people in each rank. New accessions typically come in as Lts.
  7. jfratian

    Shutdown Affecting Recruitment?

    The DOD, which includes all branches except the Coast Guard, is fully funded. There shouldn't be any change to military accessions or recruitment. Bonuses, staffing, advertisements, etc shouldn't be impacted.