Naval Nurse Advice


I am very interested in joining the navy and would appreciate some advice concerning which role is better for me to go into. I am specifically interested in joining the medical branch and have the qualifications for both roles I am looking into - Naval Nurse and Medical Assistant. One of my big reasons for wanting to join is so I can travel as part of a team doing a job I enjoy however I am not sure about how much time on a ship a nurse would get or if it is even likely to be based on a ship. If anyone could offer any advice on which role I would be more suited for, or any experience and knowledge on the recruitment and training of either, would be really appreciated! Thank you.


War Hero
Your best bet is to speak directly with the medical specialist recruiters in Portsmouth, viabut your AFCO.

As a (very) rough outline, if you want to go to sea, you will as a Medical Assistant but rarely as a Naval Nurse. I've processed NHS qualified graduate nurses for entry as Medical Assistants because they specifically stated that's what they wanted to do. Equally we get Medical Assistants who join with the aspiration of becoming Student Nurses but initially lacking the entrry level qualifications.

For student nurses, I'd be surprised if we need more than a dozen each year, so competition is stiff. Qualified nurses, we need.

Good luck.


War Hero
Naval Nurses served in ARGUS for OP GRITROCK (Ebola) and TELIC 1 ( invasion of Iraq). Not the kind of travel you have in mind I fancy.


War Hero
@photface may be able to help
I understand that she's currently detained at HM pleasure at a well known naval establishment in Dartmouth, in a drawn-out method to change the type of uniform that she is entitled to wear. I fear her opportunities for visiting RR might well be curtailed until late spring 2019.

But I agree - she'd be the best bet.


War Hero
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I understand that she's currently detained at HM pleasure at a well known naval establishment in Dartmouth, in a drawn-out method to change the type of uniform that she is entitled to wear.
Although I can't for the life of me understand why she would swap Chef's whites for anything else! :rolleyes:


Thanks for the advice, have applied as a medical assistant as I would rather be able to travel. Passed my recruitment test and interview so looking forward :)


@photface as I said I went for the medical assistant instead as it think that is more the type of career I had in mind. If you could offer any experience of this it would be great to know just so I can be prepared for it. Thank you
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