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  1. Not yet. I have to finish all of my initial training before I can be deployed. There are 2 courses about a month long each that I need to finish.
  2. I am a 1LT in the Army Reserves as a Critical Care Nurse. I have been in since December but, I have only been drilling since March because it took almost 3 months for my orders. Also, I was on the enlisted side in the Marine Corps for five years.
  3. So, your time commitment is based on if you sign in for any incentives. For example, I received a bonus that will be paid out over 4 years so I am obligated at least 4 years. As a commissioned officer you don’t have an end date per se. In order to get out you have to resign your commission compared to enlisted just finish their contract and go home if they don’t re-enlist. There is also the IRR, i believe if you haven't done 8 years then when you finish your active duty or reserve then you transfer to the Individual Ready Reserve for a period of time. Deployments could be anywhere the military needs you. The Army has forward surgical teams and Combat support hospitals that can be relatively close to “a hot zone” but the navy you might end up on a naval hospital or a boat somewhere. As far as where you would drill if you go reserve that is a better question for your recruiter. Just make sure you are talking to a healthcare recruiter for Officers. I hope I was able to answer some of your questions. Let me know if you need anything else.
  4. No problems just a lot of work so I can be enrolled. My CO wants 30% of BOLC phase 1 done before we submit with ATRRS. Also, I have to get the gov charge card and that in itself is another course and packet to fill out.
  5. I bought the Army Officers Guidebook from Amazon. I received my orders back in March. Usually from the time of commissioning it should take about a month. There were changes made to my contract due to the incentives changing which made me sign multiple times. Once you receive orders then you get get your ID and proceed to check in with your unit. I’ve drilled twice so far. Me and a group of new LTs are jumping through hoops to get scheduled for DCC BOLC phase 2. Hope this info helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
  6. I havnt been on allnurses in awhile but I’ve got a nice update for this topic. I commissioned in the Army Nurse Corps Reserves 12/2018 as a 1Lt/ 66S (critical care nurse) through the direct commission path. This process has been over a year in the making starting in Jan 2018. I have been a RN for 6 years and have a varied experience. I started in the ICU as a new grad and worked ICU for 2 years until I was asked to apply for an ICU Swat position. I was a Swat nurse for 2 years which led me to fill in as a relief House Supervisor. I then became a part time House supervisor and a full time rotary Flight Nurse during my 5th year of nursing. Working 72 hours a week with a 3+ hour commute to my flight job wasn’t a good fit for my family. I’m married with 3 children so, I made a change and transferred to an ER staff nurse position and resigned as a flight nurse. In my 6th and current year of nursing I started the process for joining the Army Nurse Corps. My packet took longer than normal because I have mild hypertension which required a waiver. Also, because I was applying for a critical care slot and was transitioning from a flight nurse job to an ER job there were lots of hoops to jump through to be eligible to apply. After lots of effort and patience my packet was given the green light by the Nurse Corps for a critical care slot and about a month later my waiver was accepted. The next hurdle was the board selection. A few of the boards were pushed back so I waited months for my packet to make it to the board for review. I was selected for the Oct 2018 board and had a background investigation interview weeks after the board selection. My scroll approval came back the week before Christmas and I was able to swear in and sign my oath a few days later. Now I am waiting on orders. Typically orders take about a month to come in. I’ve had to re-sign my contract due to the incentives changing and then again due to an error with how many years I signed up for vs what was actually put in the system. Each time I had to re-sign it kicked back my timeline another month. This chain of events may be different for active duty and/or other branches. It is my understanding that I have to wait on my orders to be able to get an ID card, uniforms and check in with my unit. In the meantime I have been working on my PT and picked up the Army Officer guidebook. I will provide updates as they come and if anyone has any questions shoot me a message and I will do my best to answer it. Once I check in with my unit I will have online modules to work through then I will attend 2 separate courses. The first is Direct Commssion Course in Ft Sill which is around 4 weeks long. From what info I can gather this course is designed to train new officers to the Army way of life kinda of like a mini-boot camp. The next course is Basic Officer Leadership course at Joint Base Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas. As a reservist I will attend the last 3-4 weeks of BOLC for the field training portion. DCC is the stricter of the two courses with not a lot of free time and base restrictions. For BOLC you get weekends off. Keep in mind I have not been to either of these courses. This is info I have gleaned from the interwebs and RallyPoint.
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    Reserve RN

    Hmm I was told that you get half credit per year below 5 years, after 5 years you get year for year credit. I will have to clarify, thanks. I havnt done more than briefly chat on the phone with a few recruiters.
  8. I have 5 years prior service as an active duty Marine. I received an honorable discharge and have 0 disability. I have been an RN for 4+ years (ICU, ICU/Swat, House Supervisor, and a Flight Nurse) and have my BSN. I am very interested in joining the reserves and am eager to get the process started. Also, I'm married have 2 children and am 32. I'm wondering what job options are out there for 2017. This thread has given much needed insight, thanks!
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    Flight gear and tips

    Thanks for the informative response. I already want to change out my boots for something more comfortable. You are right about the pens...I loose all of my pens. I will now carry a pen in each pocket.
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    Flight Nursing stories

    Funny seeing an old post of mine! I figured I would update whoever is interested. I have been a Flight Nurse since January 2017. The training has been intense and the hours long. I have been off of orientation for about a month and there is still so much to learn! I had my first scene call my last shift, two actually (back to back). One was fairly straight forward, it was an intoxicated male who was stabbed with femoral artery involvement. Treatment was simple tourniquet, TXA, Fluids, and transport. The second call was more complicated. It was an MVA, unrestrained passenger, highway speeds. Broken jaw, teeth busted-out, blood in airway, altered with LOC. Interventions included IV, RSI, Intubation, sedation, vent management, and transfer. Scene calls are complicated and chaotic, thank god for my Flight Medic and the fire crews on the ground. They really had their act together which made my job as a new Flight Nurse more manageable. I will try to update more often!
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    Reserve RN

    Hello, I was thinking about joining the reserves as a nurse and had some questions about joining and the benefits. Most of the info on the forums is pretty old and wanted some fresh info. I am 32 and am a prior service Marine (I've been out since 2008), honorable discharge, 0 disability. I've been an RN for 4 + years (ICU, Swat, ER, Flight, and House Supervisor). Is that too old or have I been out too long for my service to count? Are my options decent with my current experience? Do my nursing years of experience count year for year? Can I receive help with loan repayment for school or bonuses? Any help from someone with recent or related experience would be great appreciated, thank you.
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    Flight gear and tips

    Thanks for the tip on the boots! I don't think I would want to wear my flightsuite anywhere. I'd imagine you would want those things off asap.
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    Flight gear and tips

    I will look up the forums. So what your saying is leave my tactical batman suit at home?? What, I thought I would repel down perform CPR while suspended from a wire. Besides the "go look through the forums" if anyone has any idea about a good pair of boots to buy that would be cool. Thanks for the tips guys and girls.
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    Flight gear and tips

    I am in the hiring process for a rotary-wing flight nursing job, just waiting for the OCC health, background check etc. to go through. I know they will issue me gear but wanted to start picking up additional gear in the meantime. What are some good investments and what is not needed, thanks. Also, feel free to share any tips for new flight nurses. I will be working in AZ. I do need a new stethoscope and want to get one that will hold up to rigors of flight. Boots Stethoscope EMT Shears under clothes lights additional items?
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    Flight Nursing stories

    Are you a flight nurse? Do you want to be a flight nurse? Please share your story, a memorable moment, advice for aspiring flight nurses. My name is Jeremy I have been an ICU nurse for just over 2 years. I worked ER before that as a EMT/ER tech. I am starting to study for my CCRN. I currently have ACLS, BLS and TNCC certs. I also start school for my RN-MSN program in May which will take 2 years. I know I need to pick up a few more certs along the way (pals, ATCN, NRP, EPC). Also a trauma job and or pediatric experience would be beneficial. Hopefully after school things will be lined up for me to apply to flight jobs. Any feedback would be great.
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