Duties of a Nurse Soldier vs Nurse Officer

Hello,

What are the differences between becoming a nurse soldier to a nurse officer? I'm mainly wanting answers on duties on the ward etc?.

Do the army recruit nursing officers directly or are they selected from within the ranks? If so what are the requirements?.

I feel the recruitment website doesn't really address these questions and would hope you have some more information.

I'm a Student and looking towards the Army Reserves.
 

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Hello,

What are the differences between becoming a nurse soldier to a nurse officer? I'm mainly wanting answers on duties on the ward etc?.

Do the army recruit nursing officers directly or are they selected from within the ranks? If so what are the requirements?.

I feel the recruitment website doesn't really address these questions and would hope you have some more information.

I'm a Student and looking towards the Army Reserves.

As with all Officer roles in the British Army, the overarching role is the management and looking after the welfare of Soldiers which is achieved with varying degrees of of success across the board.
 

I am not, and never have been, a nurse. I was a medical clerk in the QAs 30 years ago, so unfortunately I have no relevant information to give.

Some would say that's true for just about everything ;-)
 
Taken from a relatively recent RAF source

“The Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service pledges to deliver the highest standards of care that will have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of those individuals to whom we are committed at home, in the air and on operations.”

Nursing Officers provide the highest standards of patient care and also lead teams in a variety of clinical environments. You will be part of developing and delivering cutting edge military medicine and will adapt your practice to deliver nursing care in a wide range of challenging environments. Nursing Officers will be given the opportunity to undertake Aeromedical Evacuation training to ensure that they are able to operate in the often clinically challenging conditions that exist in aircraft.

The RAF employs its Nursing Officers in a wide range of general and clinical specialities. Professional training is available to continue to develop your practice in either specialist or non-specialist areas. Dependent on Service need, you will have the opportunity to work in many and diverse areas including Primary Health Care, Occupational Health, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Burns and Plastics, Operating Theatres, Medical and Surgical speciality wards, Infection and Prevention Control and Mental Health. Wherever you work, you will be leading a highly motivated team of staff nurses and work as part of a multidisciplinary and often tri-Service team. To ensure you professionally broaden and to make the best of your qualities you can expect to have several assignments.

All Nursing Officers can expect to deploy on operational tours to provide care not only to RAF colleagues, but to those in other Services and often other nationalities.

I've bolded the bit that makes the difference between a Nurse and a Nursing Soldier. In effect you'll be joining straight up as a Grade 7, with the professional background of a newly qualified Grade 5. It's challenging, but do-able.

[before you ask, rank doesn't necessarily equal clinical grade and vice versa - you will have senior clinical grades as SNCOs within Armed Forces Nursing.]
 
Taken from a relatively recent RAF source



I've bolded the bit that makes the difference between a Nurse and a Nursing Soldier. In effect you'll be joining straight up as a Grade 7, with the professional background of a newly qualified Grade 5. It's challenging, but do-able.

[before you ask, rank doesn't necessarily equal clinical grade and vice versa - you will have senior clinical grades as SNCOs within Armed Forces Nursing.]

Hello, thank you so much for that information. I can now picture clearly the main differences.
 

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I am not, and never have been, a nurse. I was a medical clerk in the QAs 30 years ago, so unfortunately I have no relevant information to give.

Some would say that's true for just about everything ;-)

Desolé cherie, my bad...I'm claiming a blonde moment - what with the moniker and all......unforts Sluice has long ago given us all up as a very bad job.

This one is for all our gallant nurses [proper]

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In my previous experience (and I stand by to be shot down), nursing officers were much like ward sisters, being in charge o
Desolé cherie, my bad...I'm claiming a blonde moment - what with the moniker and all......unforts Sluice has long ago given us all up as a very bad job.

This one is for all our gallant nurses [proper]

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I'm nicking that!!
 

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HE117

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officers like Party Rings...

(..or is that just REME?)
 

theoriginalphantom

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Nurses think they run the whole of the AMS

Nursing officers would if they had the time
 

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