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.
- Provide general and specialist nursing care to soldier and civilians
- Manage daily patient case load at a Defence Medical Group Hospital
- On operations you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, often alongside other multi-national forces
- You could work in modern UK hospitals or the more austere and challenging conditions of a field hospital abroad
- Excellent continued professional development up to and beyond MSc level
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.
Step 1 - You join the Army and complete your initial military training.
Step 2 - You then complete a short Transition to Military Practice Course, after which you will be assigned to a Defence Medical Group Hospital (DMG) to commence your preceptorship and rotation programme and begin life as an Army Nurse.
If you hold a recognised specialist qualification within Emergency, Intensive Care, Theatres or Burns & Plastics you may be eligible for a £30,000 bonus on completion of your military training.
Join as a 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. After successful completion of your Student Nurse Training you will wear the rank of Acting Corporal. Your first unit will be a Defence Hospital Unit, where you will complete a comprehensive preceptorship package to find your feet as a Registered Nurse including a post qualification rotation programme to allow you to develop in acute areas of practice.
Join with a Bursary
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. £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 Defence Medical Group Hospital unit, where you will receive a comprehensive preceptorship package with excellent mentorship from clinical practice educators.
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.
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.
- Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
- Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
- 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
Adult Nurse Soldier: Earn £15,671 during initial training. When you complete your military training and join your unit, your pay will rise to £32,076.
Adult Nurse Officer: You'll be on an annual salary of £26,903 during your training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before commissioning on a minimum of £35,744 a year, depending on your experience.
Student Nurse: Earn £15,671 during initial training. During your time at university you will be paid up to £21,409 each year. Upon qualification and first posting your pay will rise to £32,076.