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NAVAL NURSE

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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2008
    Age on entry:
    17½-33 as a Student Nurse, or 21-33 if you are already a qualified nurse
    Nationality:
    British, Irish, Commonwealth or British/ dual citizenship
    Qualifications:
    RGN/RN (Adult) on Part 1 or 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register. Other non-standard or equivalent qualifications will also be considered
    Gender:
    Naval Nurses can be men or women
    Job description

    As a Naval Nurse, you will do everything that a civilian nurse might do - but you have an opportunity to gain nursing experience in challenging situations as part of a Royal Navy team. Whether in peacetime or conflict, Naval Nurses make a vital contribution to the health and fitness of everyone in the Royal Navy.

    You can join as a Student Nurse and train in the Royal Navy, or you can join as a Naval Nurse if you are already a registered nurse.

    We offer most people the security of a Full Career, which is 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. Some people may have the opportunity to serve for longer, depending on their wishes and the needs of the Service. However, if you want to leave the Royal Navy, you can submit 12 months' notice two and a half years after the end end of your initial professional training. The exact length of this training period depends on the particular job you do and the level of training it requires. All new recruits have a right of discharge at 14 days notice after 4 weeks, within the first 6 months of service, regardless of career terms.

    On board

    Name: Kath Jones
    Age: 23

    How is your role different from RGN work?
    I'm an autonomous nurse practitioner so I treat and discharge patients. My role is more responsible than most staff nurses. I don't work for or under anybody really.

    What is military medicine like outside the hospital environment?
    Desert military exercises with the surgical support team gave me good career experience. Working in a field hospital with the Royal Marines, we didn't have any luxuries that the lads didn't have. We all lived on ration packs.

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