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RAF nursing – no ordinary job

Nurses who join the RAF can expect an exceptional career pathway with varied and exciting roles.
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Nurses who join the RAF can expect an exceptional career pathway with varied and exciting roles

When you are considering your options in nursing, delivering care in the military may not be an obvious choice. But for Squadron Leader Ian Swain, a nursing officer working at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, his job in the RAF has turned out to be ‘varied, challenging, and exciting’.

Having trained as a nurse in the NHS, Sqn Ldr Swain joined the RAF Nursing Service 20 years ago. He is one of nearly 500 nurses employed by the RAF.

Nurses aspiring to an RAF career have the choice of a range roles. The nursing officer role is focused on clinical nursing with a managerial component, while the registered nurse career is purely focused

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