Army Nurse

Army Medical Service

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This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

ADAPTABLE AND DEDICATED NURSING CARE WHEREVER THE ARMY SERVES

"THE ARMY HAS OFFERED ME A DIVERSE AND EXCITING RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES."

Army nurses can find themselves working in a variety of settings. These can vary from NHS hospitals within Joint Hospital Group hospital units to ground-based environments such as medical regiments and field hospitals. Nursing personnel deal with a wide range of medical situations, which could involve caring for civilian and military patients in the UK to military casualties of war and conflict.

Posting opportunities are diverse and include a variety of clinical roles, instructional positions within clinical and military training establishments and other interesting jobs such as recruiting. You can also choose to join as a Soldier or Officer, depending on your qualifications, experience and the type of career you are looking for.

Training For The Role

JOIN AS A REGISTERED NURSE

As a Registered Nurse, you'll command a team that provides the highest standard of care. You can choose to join as an Officer or Soldier - both roles will stretch your clinical and leadership abilities. As a soldier you will follow a regular nursing career pathway. Officers will take on additional leadership and management responsibilities within the Army, alongside their nursing duties.

Army Nursing can be tough, so we'll give you the best possible military and professional training. You can develop your skills throughout your career with further study up to and beyond MSc level, funded by us. It's not all hard work though. You'll also get to travel, take part in Adventure Training and play sports for the Army. With a competitive salary, non-contributory pension and free healthcare too, you'll get great rewards - and an amazing experience.

During your Army Nursing application we will advise and support you in making the right career choice for you so that you can realise your true potential, whether that's as a Nursing Soldier or Nursing Officer.

Training

Step 1 - You join the Army and complete your initial Soldier or Officer military training.

Step 2 - You then complete a short Transition to Military Practice Course, after which you will be assigned to a Joint Hospital Group (JHG) to commence your preceptorship and rotation programme and begin life as an Army Nurse.

Golden Hello

If you hold a recognised specialist qualification within Emergency, Intensive Care or Burns & Plastics you may be eligible for a £30,000 bonus on completion of your military training. 

JOIN AS A STUDENT NURSE (SOLDIER)

We also train our own nurses. You will complete a 3-year degree programme that will give you professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You will be well supported by military and civilian University staff at the Defence School of Healthcare Education within Birmingham City University and will then be employed as a Registered Nurse by the Army. After successful completion of your Student Nurse training you will wear the rank of Acting Corporal. Your first unit will be a Joint Hospital Group, where you will complete a comprehensive preceptorship programme to find your feet as a Registered Nurse and this includes a post-qualification rotation programme to allow you to develop in acute areas of practice.

Training

Step 1 - You join the Army as a Soldier and complete Phase 1 Training prior to starting your university course.

Step 2 - Following university, you then complete a short Transition to Military Practice Course, after which you will be assigned to a Joint Hospital Group (JHG) to commence your preceptorship and rotation programme and begin life as an Army Nurse.

JOIN AS A STUDENT NURSE (OFFICER)

If you are already in your student nurse training or soon to embark on your Adult Health training pathway with a guaranteed university place you could apply for an Army Nursing Bursary worth up to £42,000. £5,000 for each year of training and on successful completion of your student nursing course and successfully finishing officer training, you will be given a lump sum of £27,000. You will then enter the Army as a Registered Nurse and be assigned to a Joint Hospital Group unit, where you will receive a comprehensive preceptorship package with excellent mentorship from clinical practice educators.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 36 years 11 months
Qualifications:

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You will be invited to an insight course where you will be offered a career discussion to advise which role best suits you - either Soldier or Officer.

STUDENT NURSE (SOLDIER) - 120 UCAS points plus 3 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (previously A-C) including Maths, English Language and one of the following: Health and Social Care, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science double/triple award or equivalent. Full entry requirements on Birmingham City University website

STUDENT NURSE (OFFICER) - If you have already gained your Student Nurse university place, are in the process of obtaining a place through UCAS or are part way through your Student Nurse training you are eligible to apply for an Army Nursing Bursary. You will join as an Nursing Officer once you qualify. You will need to pass the Army Officer Selection Board and the Arms Selection Board for the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps for professionally qualified officers.

ADULT NURSE - You need to be registered with the NMC. You can join as a newly qualified nurse, be in your final year of training (on a course which will result in NMC registration) or join with prior nursing experience. You chose whether you want to join as a Soldier or Officer once you qualify. If wanting to join as a Nursing Soldier, you will need to pass the Assessment Centre tests for the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. If wanting to join as a Nursing Officer, you will need to pass the Army Officer Selection Board and the Arms Selection Board for the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps for professionally qualified officers.

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m
  • 2km run 12m
  • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

You will have the opportunity to specialise in one of a number of areas, including: Primary Health Care (to Advanced practice), Emergency Nursing (to Advanced practice), Critical Care, Burns & Plastics, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Sexual Health, General Medicine and General Surgery. Alongside this you will gain significant personal and professional development.

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“The Army has offered me a diverse and exciting range of opportunities. I have worked with helicopter Aero-Medical teams providing medical support and completed survival training in the jungles of Belize. I have deployed with Medical Regiments and provided healthcare to remote tribes in Kenya. I have also had the support to develop personally and professionally – the Army are funding my training in Emergency Nursing.”

Download the Army Nurse Factsheet here

HOW TO APPLY

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.

Training For The Role

JOIN AS A REGISTERED NURSE

You'll command a team that provides the highest standard of care. Army nursing can be tough, so we'll give you the best possible military and professional training. You can develop your skills throughout your career with further study up to and beyond MSc level, funded by us. It's not all hard work though. You'll also get to travel, take part in Adventure Training and play sports for the Army. With a competitive salary, non-contributory pension and free healthcare too, you'll get great rewards - and an amazing experience.

Opportunities to commission as an Officer depend upon your knowledge, skills and experience. During your Army Nursing application we will advise and support you in making the right career choice for you so that you can realise your true potential.

TRAINING

Step 1
Your military training will take place both with your Unit and at Military Training Centres located across the UK

Step 2
You will then go on to Nurse specific training with your Unit. This will vary depending on your civilian qualifications and experience.

JOIN AS A STUDENT NURSE

You can join the Army Reserve as a Student Nurse, during your second and third year of training if you are planning a career in the acute or primary care (General Practice Nurse) setting however, until you are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) you will remain a untrained. If, you have the Care Certificate then you may join as a Health Care Assistant until you complete your Nurse training and are registered with NMC when, you will then be transferred across to a qualified nursing role within a medical unit.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m
  • 2km run 12m
  • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: ADULT NURSE: - <span>You need to be registered with the NMC. Clinically Qualified, Current and working in this field</span>

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

You’ll be paid on a daily rate commensurate to your qualifications. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

Pay and Benefits

You’ll be paid on a daily rate commensurate to your qualifications.

This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

“The Army has offered me a diverse and exciting range of opportunities. I have worked with helicopter Aero-Medical teams providing medical support and completed survival training in the jungles of Belize. I have deployed with Medical Regiments and provided healthcare to remote tribes in Kenya. I have also had the support to develop personally and professionally – the Army are funding my training in Emergency Nursing.”

HOW TO APPLY

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.

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