Hello wtbcrna. I am a new graduate nurse (finished in May and passed nclex last week). I Joined the Airforce reserve in January hoping to get a couple of personal/family benefits but I am beginning to realize that that's probably not going to happen the way I thought, mostly because my recruiter lied to me about somethings and not totally opened about others. I'm shipping out to bmt next week but my big goal is to be a crna through HPSP. Airforce offered me a job outside nursing because I have limited options as a non-US citizen, though I know it would probably be best to come in as commissioned officer after one year of icu experince. How do you advise I go about this? I know I will probably need a release from my present unit to go to school (not sure), and also have to overcome the hurdle of commissioning. Wish I knew what I know now 6 months ago. Please advice me.
Thanks for the reply. Yes I know I need to be a citizen before commissioning or getting hpsp. I am just starting out as a new nurse and my citizenship should kick in latest by the first quarter of next year. I was just wondering if you have any advise regarding switching to commissioned nurse officer and eventually getting the hpsp when I finally apply to crna school (in the next 2years at least). I dont know how difficult it is for reservist to 1. Be able to attend crna school with current reserve commitment and 2. Secure hpsp