Joining as an Naval Nurse

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  1. Hey all, was looking at joining as a Naval Nurse, but saw it needed 240 ucas points. Just wondered if any other qualifications were taken into consideration, such as an access course? As you can use one of those to do most nursing degrees?
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    As a student Nurse, the requirement is 240 UCAS points at A Level & 3 GCSE's A*-C (Maths, English & a Science ideally).

    Unfortunately the only accepted equivalents can only be advised by the AIB - take your certificates to the AFCO & ask if they may be verified for Naval Nurse.
  3. Does that mean the recruiting process is the same as an officer candidate?
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Selection is broadly similar for everyone now:

    Recruiting Test, Eyetest, Medical, PJFT, Interview, (Specialist Boards for Nurses, Musicians, Divers, Royal Marines & Officers), Security Clearance then (several moons later...Entry.
  5. Do you know exactly how many moons away it would be? As everything seems to be measured in years at the moment
  6. Hmmm...25.4 moons I'd say. That equates to two years. Of course I could be completely wrong if entry time happens to occur earlier...or later even. :?
  7. Just a thought, but why not train as a Nurse first and then join as a Nursing Officer?
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Yep, the only slight disadvantage of joining as a Nursing Officer is that Nursies need two years post-grad experience to apply as an Officer, unlike any other graduate officer.

    Student Nurses are about 6 -12 months wait. It varies greatly as we recruit very few on a national basis.
  9. Ah.....bit of a snag there! Thanks NJ.
  10. My girlfriend is thinking about being a Naval Nurse after she has completed her critical care degree, but she is more inclined to do the Naval Reserves than regs. And as ninja said even though she would of had her nursing diploma and critical care degree most places will want two years experience.
  11. Also should emphasise that numbers are looking good (generally speaking) and just because you have a degree and 2 years doesn't mean you will waltz straight into the RN.

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