need the advice of any military nurses out there

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read about my request. I'm seriously thinking of joining the military as an RN who's interested in the Air Force. Could any military RNs (any branch) respond with the PROS and CONS of what I'm about to get into?!?

    Appreciate it!
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  3. by   JJFROG
    I have tons of info and have posted at length in past. Was an Army Nurse for 4 years, feel free to PM me.
  4. by   cmggriff
    I was in both the Army Reserves and the Air Force. If you wish to join the United States Military please be aware of what you are doing. When you raise your right hand and say "I do", you are
    placing yourself in harm's way. Your Uncle Sam will use you as he sees fit and will not be concerned with what your recruiter told you or what your personal goals might be. While I was in service I had to listen to way too many Dr.s and nurses whine about how they weren't getting what they thought was right an appropriate for their respective stations in life. I got really tired of that.

    If you want to serve the greatest nation on Earth, then you have my respect and gratitude. I wish I could join you, epecially now. But if you are looking for some cushy job with great benefits and little work or responsibility, look somewhere else. Gary
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    If you have young dependents or a less than SUPER STRONG MARRIAGE, think LONG and HARD about this. The MILITARY ALWAYS COMES FIRST and DEMANDS IT! But, especially if you are single and looking for adventure, travel, and change, military nursing has GREAT rewards. You sacrifice tremendously, too. When war breaks out, (and it inevitably will), you are numbero uno to take off.....often. This has enormous appeal to some nurses.

    If this if for you (and it may WELL be) I would talk to a recruiter about it. It can be enormously rewarding taking care of your military brothers and sisters in their time of need and military friendships are VERY strong and lasting. I know firsthand how wonderful those friendships can be.

    Just know well what you are in for. I was not an RN in the Air Force but am a 10-year veteran nonetheless. Could not hang; my kids and husband needed me more than Uncle Sam did. So, I got out. No looking back for me.
  6. by   tevagirl
    To jjfrog, cmggriff, & smilingblueyes:

    Thank you for your support and advice. This is a major commitment which I'm about to embark upon, and still have yet to make that final decision.

    Thanks again!
  7. by   cmggriff
    Either way let us know what you decide. Gary
  8. by   cindyln
    I am the wife of an 20 year army veteren and let me tell you that is a job in itself.He was gone alot! If you have a family make sure that they are aware that they will be a single parent the majority of the time,especially with the way things are in the Middle East right now. I don't encourage my children to go in the military but I wouldn't stand in their way if they wanted to.Now husband now wonders why the kids,both in their 20's are much closer to me than him.Maybe because he missed so much of their growing up.Think long and hard.
  9. by   alet3ff
    A lot of excellent info... I have 21 years in now and will retire as soon as my RN degree is done. I will be happy when the day comes that I hang up my military uniform and am no longer under control of Uncle Sam. He has done some good for me, but, he is a user more then a giver.
    An important point!!! Always second guess any information given to you by a recruiter. Whatever is on your contract is what you get, nothing more. Something else, right now I believe being stationed in Korea is a one year tour and without family members. Sometime in your career you may sent there.
    PM me if you have questions.
    Take care,
    Ed
  10. by   Rustyhammer
    Will you still have to go to "boot camp"?
    -R
  11. by   JenKatt
    Any memeber of the military has to go to one form of boot camp or another, unless they were waived through by a higher power.. The easiest "boot camp" is COT. That's Commissioned Officer's Training, and it's what the Air Force requires of certain officers, mostly medical, nurses included. It's 4 weeks of classes, physical traning, and bonding time. The worst part is being in Alabama, sorry to anyone who lives there, but Alabama has nothing to do, especially Montgomery where Maxwell AFB is...

    Anyways, I am in the Air Force, love my job, but as I say that I am coutning down to my day of freedom. Do not believe your recruiter, they fib, they have too. Most nurses in the military are in clinics so far removed from patient care they couldn't tell a foley from a fallopian tube. And if you are lucky to be bedside, you have no say in your schedule, you work whenever, including routine roatations onto nights.

    You're life is not your own. But I really do love it. Really....

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