Hi, I am a student nurse in a traditional BSN program in Texas. I am very interested in working in the public health service with IHS. I would prefer to work at a reservation in New Mexico but I wouldn't be too picky if another state was offered. I am just wondering if there are nurses here who have experience with the public health service either corps or civilian service who know whether the Public health service is willing to hire new grads or if they want you to have x amount of experience in some area first(also which area does it have to be public health)? I would prefer to do the commissioned corps just because of benefits and everything but I'm sure I would be just as happy in civilian service. I have heard that the public health service has a very long application process(6 to 8months) and I am about 10 months from graduation now and wondering if it is possible to start the application process before I graduate. Any advice or helpful experience would be much appreciated thank you!