Reserves

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by rubyagnes rubyagnes, BSN Member Nurse

Specializes in Neurosurgical ICU, Emergency, Psych, Art Therapy. Has 7 years experience.

Hello,

I am a registered nurse with my BSN currently working in Baltimore, MD. I have been a nurse for about 4.5 years with close 2.5 years previous experience in emergency department nursing and have been working at Johns Hopkins inpatient neuropsychiatric unit for almost 2 years. I am planning to move to the Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina this fall and have been considering joining the reserves for a while with the hopes of expanding my work experience and fine tuning my skills as a nurse, but did not want to start the application process until after I move to NC. I was hoping to get some feedback from nurses who have joined the reserves. Any advice/stories/etc would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!

Jeckrn1

Jeckrn1, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Operating room, ER, Home Health. Has 23 years experience. 265 Posts

You can start the process now since it will take awhile for everything to happen. What you will need to do is let the Healthcare recruiter know that you are moving to the triangle during the process so you can be placed in a NC unit. The HC recruiter will not care what unit you end up in as long as they get you in for their recruiting goal.

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elleMrn

elleMrn, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Perioperative. 13 Posts

Good for you for wanting to serve your country! I would also suggest starting your application process now. I just swore in May 8th and it took over 2 years and 5 months! You could start by contacting an AMEDD healthcare recruiter in your new location. It’s a ton of paperwork, then a very throughout medical exam (MEPS) and more paperwork before your packet to ready to go to the nursing board that meets a few times a year. Good luck! ???

zaokeanka

zaokeanka

Specializes in nursing student. Has 3 years experience. 2 Posts

I am having hard time locating a medical recruiter for Air force reserve. Anyone happen to have a name and contact info?

I live in Charleston, SC.

Jeckrn1

Jeckrn1, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Operating room, ER, Home Health. Has 23 years experience. 265 Posts

Go to goarmy.com and look up jobs, then officer where you will find contact a recruiter. They are not very fast getting back to you. It can take a couple of months.

mcaselogic

mcaselogic

Specializes in ID. Has 6 years experience. 79 Posts

On 8/17/2020 at 9:21 PM, zaokeanka said:

I am having hard time locating a medical recruiter for Air force reserve. Anyone happen to have a name and contact info?

I live in Charleston, SC.

https://www.airforce.com/find-a-recruiter

Use this website to find them. Make sure you search for healthcare professions recruiter because enlisted will likely not help. However, I do know of one but not sure if he covers the Carolinas. I'll PM you his info just in case (perhaps he knows of someone).

vnj2004

vnj2004, ADN, BSN

Has 10 years experience. 23 Posts

Like the above said start the process now! I just commissioned in May and it was about 14 months total (I’m army reserves). I’m still waiting on orders since May also! Covid happening didn’t help anything. good luck! 

On 6/16/2020 at 6:36 AM, elleMrn said:

Good for you for wanting to serve your country! I would also suggest starting your application process now. I just swore in May 8th and it took over 2 years and 5 months! You could start by contacting an AMEDD healthcare recruiter in your new location. It’s a ton of paperwork, then a very throughout medical exam (MEPS) and more paperwork before your packet to ready to go to the nursing board that meets a few times a year. Good luck! ???

I just swore in in May also! Still waiting on orders to my unit. Did you get orders yet?

tt2323

tt2323, BSN

Specializes in Primary Care/ Trauma. Has 13 years experience. 38 Posts

Be sure to speak to an AMEDD recruiter. As someone above said a regular recruiter will try to scoop you up. From my experience in the reserves there is very little to no new nursing skills learned. You direct commission with the skills of an RN. GL!