WORKING AS A DENTAL NURSE FOR THE ROYAL NAVY

What is the Royal Navy

The Royal Navy has many important roles including preventing conflict, deterring negative action from the opposition, supporting international relationships, providing security at sea for trade, stepping in to provide humanitarian support in the form of aid and physical assistance among many other tasks.

The Royal Navy is one of the most respected armed forces in the world and is key to the safety and prosperity of Britain. Made up of different units in order to provide the overall impressive Royal Navy, many more teams go into the effective running of this spectacular organisation.

It is the people within this organisation that are the greatest assets of the Royal Navy and are united by the mission to protect the interests of the United Kingdom and her allies.

The Royal Navy needs you!

Why the Royal Navy needs a medical team

To ensure an efficient and effective Royal Navy, a medical team is required to keep them healthy.

Looking after the health of our Royal Navy is a vital and rewarding duty looking after the people who protect the interests of our nation.

It is due to the very nature of life in the Royal Navy that a medical team of the highest calibre is needed. And it also for this reason that all medical professionals part of the Royal Navy receive constant training and are given the opportunity to specialise.

Dental nurses are required across all the Royal Navy services with lots of opportunities to experience things you would not as a civilian.

Dental Nurse Navy
RFA ARGUS AND HMS MEDWAY

What it is like to be on the medical team for the Royal Navy

CPODN Janice Hearne shares her story in her own words:

“I am Chief Petty Officer Janice Hearne; I joined the Royal Navy (RN) in 2002 as a Dental Nurse (DN). Over the last 17 years’ life as a RN DN has far exceeded my expectations, from the variety of the roles, additional qualifications, travel prospects, and finally the friends I have made along the way.

My Naval journey has taken me to 29 different countries across 5 continents on board 6 ships.  Spent time with the RAF in Cyprus, Kenya with the Army and had the privilege to live in Gibraltar for 2 years.

I have provided chairside support in some unusual places, from a tent in various locations to orphanages in Kenya. From Olympic athletes in 2012 to Friendly Forces in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

I have developed from a Dental Nurse – Instructor – Practice Manager – Regional Practice Manager – Career Manager.

During my time working chairside, I enhanced my professional knowledge by becoming a mentor for student dental nurses. This led to an opportunity to work as a Dental Nurse Instructor, an aspiration I would not have had the courage to achieve if I had never joined the Royal Navy.

While working at the Dental Training School I became a National Examiner for Dental Nurses.

 I firmly believe that the Royal Navy provided me with the experience, confidence and knowledge depth to be successful with my application.  I continue to work with the NEBDN and enjoy the energy given off by the candidates on examination day.

I am also extremely lucky to work as a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission.

This role links directly to the Healthcare Governance, Health and Safety, Infection Control, Patient Safety and Medical Emergency skills taught to Royal Navy dental nurses throughout our career progression.

As a member of the Dental Identification Team (Forensics) we aim to provide closure to families who have lost a loved one. This job is very rewarding”.

The rewards of being in the Royal Navy

At the Royal Navy, they continually invest in you, help you reach and refine your potential.

  • Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • 6 weeks paid holiday every year
  • Free medical, prescriptions and dental care
  • GDC fees reimbursed
  • Travel the world
  • Learn new skills
  • Work in a variety and challenging environments
  • Lots of adventure
  • The list goes on…

SmileWisdom has teamed up with the Royal Navy

SmileWisdom is proud to support the Royal Navy in helping provide the best dental nurses to support the people that look after our nation. Like the Royal Navy, SmileWisdom takes great pride in the service we provide, our selection criteria and the education delivered by dental professionals for dental professionals. With the use of the specially created SmileWisdom Job Site the largest job site for dental nurses and support staff, we are able to connect dental nurse talent with a rewarding career in the Royal Navy. Our goal in this collaboration is to help inform qualified dental nurses and those with aspirations to become dental nurses, that there is a wonderful opportunity for them in the Royal Navy to explore.

How you can join the Royal Navy

Whether you are a qualified dental nurse or have just decided to become one, you can join the Royal Navy. You must be between ages 17 to 39.

Click here to see both qualified and trainee/student dental nurse positions to apply for.

The Royal Navy is always hiring and always looking for new talent to join across all their locations.