Surgical Nursing

QARNNS working in Surgical Nursing provide high levels of clinical care across a wide range of Surgical Nursing sub specialties, preparing nurses for their key operational role leading the nursing management of surgical care, and providing expert advice to support the deployed clinical team.


The Surgical specialty has a broad remit which requires surgical nurses to have a understanding across a number of nursing sub specialties including wound care, infection control, caring for the deteriorating patient, nutrition, high dependency care and surgical patient assessment.


On joining or on completion of Surgical Specialist Nursing courses you will be employed in Defence Medical Group (DMG) clinical units based in Plymouth, Portsmouth or at the Royal Centre of Defence Medicine based in Birmingham.


Surgical nurses can expect to be employed in Surgical Assessment Units and a number of surgical sub specialty area including Upper GI and Liver, including Level One units supporting their clinical development. Work is ongoing to develop additional career pathways including potential advanced practice if required by the Operational Capability.


Operationally you will deploy as a member of the nursing team on the Primary Casualty Receiving Facility (PCRF), RFA Argus. There will also be opportunities for you to deploy in support of LAND based operations.


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