Nurse education in the British armed forces
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Nurse education in the British armed forces

Chris Carter Army nurse lecturer, Department of Healthcare Education, Defence School of Healthcare Education, Birmingham
Alan P Finnegan Defence professor of nursing and head, Academic Department of Military Nursing, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham

Defence nurses form the largest registered specialty in the UK defence medical services. Once qualified, defence nurses maintain and develop their nursing and clinical skills in appropriate healthcare settings, and can be deployed in operational environments such as Afghanistan. Workforce planning and staffing establishment levels are defined to meet the needs of British armed forces, allies and, potentially, local populations. Since the workforce is geographically dispersed, deployed or undertaking non-clinical duties, there are constraints on nurses’ attempts to maintain basic skills and access continuing professional development. This article explores the concept and the developing role of defence nurse lecturers in improving educational support for defence nurses.

Nursing Standard. 29, 7, 43-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.7.43.e9195

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 03 March 2014

Accepted: 04 July 2014