jfratian

jfratian MSN, RN

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  1. USPHS Medical Waiver for depression

    It's going to be tough and I doubt they will even want to attempt to apply for a waiver for you. USPHS is already really competitive...full military benefits with no deployments. There are already more applicants than slots, and many of them won't ...
  2. Air National Guard/ Reserve Experiences

    I'm an AF reserves nurse. I was active duty before that. I can say that it's significantly easier to balance life in the reserves. As far as having kids/family, it is very doable but challenging with either active duty or reserves. Active duty re...
  3. Can't speak to that specifically, but I can say I've seen all manner of overqualified people forced to do military training they don't need to check boxes. Imagine a physician assistant being forced to take an EMT-P course for the AF's pararescue ro...
  4. Airforce VS Navy Nursing

    So I assume that means NP adult-gerontology? Seems like you would want to do ICU in either case. I think your best bet is to start in a civilian ICU for a year...start applying about 6 months into working at your first job (app takes 6 months). Th...
  5. Nah, go for it. I've been an Air Force nurse for 8 years now. We work with civilians all the time. If you are a competent nurse, then you'll do just fine. I'm sure any education you'll be doing is healthcare related.
  6. Airforce VS Navy Nursing

    "I want to get a DNP" is a pretty broad goal. Depending on what you want to do...NP, CNM, CNS, CRNA, management, research...would change my advice. If not already in ROTC, I always recommend 1 year of civilian RN experience in the specialty o...
  7. USN Nurse, feel stuck in psych specialty.

    Not the best person to ask probably...I went reserves after 7 years as an AD Air Force ICU nurse. I had different reasons than you, though. I wanted to do CRNA and didn't get picked up for the USUHS program. If leadership doesn't work for you,...
  8. Please critique my Motivational Statement- Navy Nurse Corps

    I would add a something to the effect of 'I understand and am prepared for the personal sacrifices months of deployments and military training will require.' Dodging deployments is a constant issue in the military I feel. I think the first para...
  9. L&D RN: Air Force or Navy Reserve?

    The bottom line with L&D is they make you deploy as med-surg nurses. That's a pretty common theme across all 3 branches from what I've seen. When I was in Afghanistan, half the med-surg nurses were L&D nurses. Obviously, that chapter has c...
  10. USNR Nurse Corps Specialties

    In general, ICU experience is typically the most desired for nearly any military nursing job. Other than operating room, ICU RNs can pretty much backfill any other role. I would go with that.
  11. Air Force nursing FY2021

    6 years is standard from Captain (O-3) to Major (O-4). Nurses in the reserves usually fill Major billets (meaning they are all funded for up to that rank), so it is not very challenging to get promoted. I have personally not heard of any reserves A...
  12. O1 -O2 Promotions Army Reserve Nurses

    O2 and O3 promotions were automatic for me. Once you attain the required time in grade, often 2 years for each, your officer career brief and email will automatically show the promotion. If you commissioned on Jan 1 2020, you'll promote Jan 1 2022....
  13. Army Reserves CRNA

    You might have better luck on the Government/Military nursing page. I'm an RN in the AF reserves. Seeing as how they offer 15K per year for flight nurses in the AF, I think it's highly likely you can find loan repayment or sign on bonuses with one ...
  14. CRNA Pain Management Fellowships

    I'm starting to look at post grad CRNA fellowships for pain management. I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of each of the programs. There appears to be 3 programs: Texas Christian (TCU), South Florida (USF), and Middle Tennessee (MTSU). Can som...
  15. Air Force - Keesler Medical Center ICU

    Deployments these days are few and far between with Afghanistan now closed. COVID support 'deployments' are coming to a close as well. For Air Force nurses the most common deployments right now are natural disaster support (hurricanes), Germany, an...
  16. Air Force - Keesler Medical Center ICU

    Keesler is small community hospital with <50 inpatients in all units for average census. Their ICU is tiny and many of the patients are more step-down level. The patient care will be a piece of cake for any experienced civilian ICU nurse. ...
  17. Air Force RN with family

    I would recommend reserves for you. Active duty might be a bit too much. If you can manage 2-3 months of initial training (one time) plus 1 weekend a month and 2 extra weeks per year...the reserves will be be fine.
  18. You can actually do your 2 week drill anytime during the year provided there is money available. You also don't have to do all 14 days at once...or at all. With your unit commander's permission and a good reason, you can actually forgo or only do p...
  19. I'm not a CCATT RN, but yes it has been doable so far. I'm just wrapping up my first semester with clinical rotations and all is well. It's a bit of extra stress but feasible. You should really try to get your COT, APES, and CCATT initial and ...
  20. Speciality when joining Navy as RN with experience?

    None of the 3 branches of the military have a specialty code specifically for pediatrics or peds ICU RNs. All 3 have NICU codes. The problem with PICU nurses in my experience is there is a VAST difference in acuity from a PICU at a pediatric specia...
  21. Joining Navy with MSN

    In my experience, the only benefit to the MSN is that they start you one pay grade higher. I've heard some branches might be doing away with considering experience and advanced degrees for starting rank/pay grade. However, when I joined a nurse suc...
  22. Entering Reserve Nursing with young children

    I responded to your other post as well. I am a current Air Force Reserve RN. I spent 7 years on active duty before transitioning to the reserves. The requirements for reserves (and guard too) are the same for all 3 branches: 2 days on a weeken...
  23. FY 2023 Military Nurse Applications

    You generally should just follow the directions of your recruiter. Stay on top of them for sure...I'd check in via email or phone at least a few times a month. However, the nurse corps for each branch each have their own time lines and processes. ...
  24. VCU CRNA DNAP 2021

    guyton and hall textbook of medical physiology, 2016 You can find it on pdfdrive.com for free.
  25. ROTC w/ Nursing School?

    I will present the counter argument to give you the other point of view. I certainly know quality people who did both routes. I was a direct commission nurse and my unpopular opinion is that ROTC isn't really necessary in medical military roles...