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Army Nurse


Job Description

Army nurses can find themselves working in a variety of settings. These can vary from NHS hospitals within Defence Medical 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. Work locations vary between clinical roles, instructional positions within clinical and military training establishments and other interesting jobs such as recruiting.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 35 years 6 months.

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.

Student Nurse: 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.

Bursary Nurse: You will have already gained your Student Nurse place, are in the process of obtaining a place through UCAS or are part way through your Student Nurse training. You are then eligible to apply for an Army Nursing Bursary. You will need to pass the Army Officer Selection Board for professionally qualified officers and the Army Selection Board for the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps to qualify.

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.

Fitness: Mid Thigh Pull 46kg, Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m, 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry). More information about the fitness test

Training for the Role

Registered Nurse
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. Click here for more information.

Student Nurse
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. Click here for more information.

Worth up to £42,000. If you are already in your student nurse training or soon to embark on your Adult or Mental health pathway within the NHS with a guaranteed place you could apply for an Army Nursing Bursary. Click here for more information.

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.

Qualifications you could get after Training

Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (SLAiP) will be the first formal qualification you will be required to complete. 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 development and development.

Required Skills

  • Confident
  • Friendly 
  • Enjoy Travelling 
  • Cool under pressure 
  • Responsible 
  • Caring 

Salary Range 

Student Nurse and Adult Nurse Officer: £15,671 to £32,067

Adult Nurse Officer: £26,903 to £35,744

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