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    EMEDS Training Question!

    Calling all nurses who have been through Air Force EMEDS!!!! I am slotted to go through EMEDS at the end of April. While I am really looking forward to the experience, I have a questions... On the packing list/reporting instructions, it says reference books, what did you take (I am in a critical care slot)? Any words of advice? Thank you in advance! Erin
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    Best shoes for nursing

    I like running shoes or Sanitas. I switch between the two.
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    VA Job Offer

    The board looks at your write up and experience. With only 29 months under your belt, it's a good offer. Getting a Nurse II is not easy. Also, because your masters is not in nursing, it's not really considered in the boarding process. Congratulations on your new job!
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    BSN to RN or to MSN?

    An MSN is a general term for your Masters of Science in Nursing... An NP is a Nurse Practitioner... While an NP may have an MSN, they may also have a DNP... Also, a RN with an MSN may have their Masters in Nursing Education, Administration, Informatics, Clinical Nurse Leader, etc....
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    Starting out in a hospital?

    I started in critical care as a day shifter... Basically, the experienced nurses did not want to move from nights to days...I was lucky. Most new grads start on nights...as many people mentioned, nights is probably a better place to start... Often times it's slower paced (few families, procedures, doctors😉)with more time to learn...downsides: less support (doctors, fewer staff....) Both shifts have positives... As a new grad, be happy if you can get into your area of choice. Good luck
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    I remember those days... Now 6.5 years in, they seem like a bad dream. I started in critical care and many days I'd go home, cry, pray I did not harm anyone... As you gain knowledge and confidence it gets easier. Best advice I can give is stick with it and if possible, find an experienced co-worker, who you respect, and tell them how you are doing. Having a mentor at work was so helpful! Good luck! It does get better!
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    Question for AF Reserve Nurses

    I've been in critical care for almost 7 years and I love it. If I move away from the bedside, big if, I'd still want to work per diem in ICU to maintain my skills and CCRN. Thanks for your insight!
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    Question for AF Reserve Nurses

    I have a question for the AF Reserve RN's. I was accepted into a Critical Care Position and took my oath in July. I am currently waiting to in-process into my unit. So, here is my question. I will be finishing my MSN in December and I am considering my career progression. A co-worker who is in the Navy told me that I have to have so many civilian critical care hours to maintain my position (which does make sense). Any insight into the "rules" would be appreciated. I don't want to look into jobs that would make me loose eligibility for the Air Force Reserves. Thanks, Erin
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    Does the VA prefer to hire internally?

    It really depends... If there is a qualified applicant, I think the VA, like most employers, would rather hire from within... That being said, as mentioned previously, the VA values education and training. I was hired in the the VA as a critical care nurse in 2012. I think coming into the system as a bedside nurse is easier then if you are trying to move into an auxiliary position. Just my thoughts! Good luck! The VA is a great place to be!