I'm an EN student trying to figure out my next move after I graduate. I would like to work in the ADF but from my understanding, you have to be an RN or an RN student to obtain a nursing job in the ADF. I called the recruitment number and the recruiter I spoke to just quoted what was on the website and couldn't accurately answer my questions (wasn't aware of the difference between RN's and EN's). The information regarding EN roles in the ADF is really vague or perhaps I'm just looking in the wrong places.
Does anybody know what ADF jobs are available to me as an EN?
Jul 13, '12
medical orderly, not qualified enough to be medic.
Jul 15, '12
Thanks for the reply but that's the vaguest answer I've received yet. Medical orderly isn't even a listed job and the education requirements for medic is a year 10 pass so yeah, I'm kinda over qualified for that.
Guess I'll do my 2 years at Uni while time is still on my side.
Jul 15, '12
Unfortunately, none of the people that read these posts are fully qualified career professionals for the ADF.
Even, according to your post the ADF careers people could not answer your question.
Those of us that post here are nurses with varying life experiences and nursing experience and post on those experiences.
My brother is a medic in the navy and you will put your nursing registration on the line if you do what is expected of them. good luck in your career.
Jul 15, '12
Thank you. The diploma is not easy and it's frustrating to be asked "What's an EN?". I've been turned off from the idea due to the lack of information and recognition of the qualification. It seems like with the ADF you're an RN or you're not a nurse.
Sep 6, '12
I'm in the ADF and currently doing my RN degree. As an EN you could be a medic, which as you said, you are probably over qualified for. It is the medics who do the majority of the clinical stuff...To be a Nursing Officer, you need to be an RN with 2 years post graduate experience in Acute Care - so it's a long road. Also, the RN's in the ADF don't tend to do a lot of actual hands on nursing, it's more management and policy etc. There is also the ADF Undergraduate Program, where the ADF pay you a wage to go and complete your degree and get your 2 years post grad experience. Of course, if you do this then you will owe them time and are committed to working in the ADF....
Hope this helps
Apr 30, '13
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...There is also the ADF Undergraduate Program, where the ADF pay you a wage to go and complete your degree and get your 2 years post grad experience. Of course, if you do this then you will owe them time and are committed to working in the ADF....
Hi Lauren, I'm about to start my undergrad B.Nursing and I'm interested in the ADF Undergraduate Program... just clarifying: do you have to do 2 years post grad experience in a civillian hospital (acute setting) before you can work in the defence force as a Nursing Officer? Also what are your commitments (eg. training) to the ADF during you study?
Jun 14, '16
I know this is a few years after the post
I went t apply as an undergraduate RN, having done my first year and the psychologist was a bit of a *****.
The question which in my eyes made her tell me to come back in a year was, 'when you are working in the army (as an RN) and someone comes up to you and screams an order in your face, what do you do? I basically said that I am not sure how military hospitals work but they probably wouldn't allow such things, like unless they were literally calling on me to go fight then and there, id probably report them. No matter what the emergency in a hospital, you don't scream orders, you get on with what needs to be done.
I explained to her my thought process and I said I applied it to me in a nursing role. If we were out doing drills then you say jump and i say how high
I understand solider first then nurse but really?!?
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