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Hello,

I have a question for any Nursing Officers or anyone out there, I am currently a Registered Nurse and have been thinking about joining the Canadian Forces part time with my local reserve here in Thunder Bay. However, I dont see any postings at our local reserves that they are hiring and NO's.

My question is, can you apply and complete Nursing officer training, but since there is no availability for NO, can I apply for a different job with my local reserve but still have the opportunity to sign up for or volunteer for any Nursing Officer jobs or overseas missions (as a NO).

So, I would like to be a Nursing Officer, but not have a NO job, but still apply for NO opportunities.

Sorry if that sounds confusing.
I have contacted my local reserve but no response yet, so I thought I'd try and get some info.


Thanks  :)

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Search for contact information for 18 Field Ambulance; it's a medical reserve unit in Thunder Bay.  They should be able to assist you and can likely find a way to accommodate you as a NO in the CAF.
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Re: The "Nursing Officer" Merged Thread
« Reply #327 on: October 10, 2017, 09:13:02 »
Hi,

I am a Nurse but Technically a HCA in the reserves. I have recently transferred from Infantry and at the time I initiated my transfer my unit did not have any NO positions. The training for each trade is similiar up to the BNOC (both do exactly the same BMQ, HSOSOC).

Be careful leaving messages at the unit you wish to belong. Many phone lines and email addresses are "ghosts" and no one will get back to you. It is best to physically go there and figure out who is best to talk to. It is possible they have a position and/or get you in and borrow a position from some other unit. Hope that helps, and good luck

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My question is, can you apply and complete Nursing officer training, but since there is no availability for NO, can I apply for a different job with my local reserve but still have the opportunity to sign up for or volunteer for any Nursing Officer jobs or overseas missions (as a NO).
The short answer to your question is “no, you cannot”. The professional scope of practice that you are allowed within the CF is dependent on your training AND military trade. For example, if you are an RN but have joined the Reserve Force as a Medical Assistant, then your scope of practice will be that of a Med A. You will not be allowed to deploy as a Nursing Officer unless you are enrolled as a NO.

In Murse’s case where s/he is a civilian nurse but enrolled as an HCA, the military scope of practice for his/her clinical duties within the CF does not exist, since HCA is a non-clinical MOSID.

If you want to deploy as an NO, you need to be enrolled as NO. Hope this helps clarify.

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Re: The "Nursing Officer" Merged Thread
« Reply #329 on: October 11, 2017, 11:52:58 »
I thought I read somewhere that they recently lifted the recruiting caps for the Reserve.

I would recommend that instead of phoning the unit, visit them in person. The recruiters are usually just a single NCO who's very busy and sometimes isn't there to answer the phone.
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Nursing Officer Questions
« Reply #330 on: November 01, 2017, 16:46:45 »
Hey all!
I'm newly graduated with my Bachelor's of Nursing (Critical Care) and joining the CAF is somewhat a dear dream. I've reached the point where making a final decision to enroll or not is upon me, and as i'd be applying to be a Nursing Officer, i have various questions. Most are basic and probably no-brainers, but i ask nonetheless :)

1) What is the assignment like? Essentially, i'm aware we get stationed where we are needed, but what are the various task differences versus a civilian hospital?
2) What are the odds of getting the assignment you ask for? Realistically of course, i'm a Montrealer and love it here, i'm curious to know the facts.
3) What is the general attire and hygiene care for a Nursing Officer? We don't usually partake in combat ops, so i doubt our protocols for things like hair, beard, dress and such are the same. No?
4) Big one: How different is MY basic versus the usual basic? I know they are different somehow, as i wouldn't be as combat-trained as, say, infantry. But still, like every newbie, i'm curious.

I do believe these are my biggest questions. I have asked these to recruiters and some people i know in the Navy, but i admit i would love to know various opinions or stories about these. Thanks in advance!!

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Re: The "Nursing Officer" Merged Thread
« Reply #331 on: November 01, 2017, 18:02:18 »
Welcome to Army.ca, BadWolf87

I have merged your post with the existing thread.

Most, if not all, of your questions have already been asked and answered in this and other threads. Please take some time and explore this Site, and take the Search Function for a spin. There is a ton of information here ripe for the plucking. You'll also likely find answers to questions before they even occur to you.

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Re: Nursing Officer Questions
« Reply #332 on: November 02, 2017, 12:37:01 »
Hey all!
I'm newly graduated with my Bachelor's of Nursing (Critical Care) and joining the CAF is somewhat a dear dream. I've reached the point where making a final decision to enroll or not is upon me, and as i'd be applying to be a Nursing Officer, i have various questions. Most are basic and probably no-brainers, but i ask nonetheless :)

1) What is the assignment like? Essentially, i'm aware we get stationed where we are needed, but what are the various task differences versus a civilian hospital?
2) What are the odds of getting the assignment you ask for? Realistically of course, i'm a Montrealer and love it here, i'm curious to know the facts.
3) What is the general attire and hygiene care for a Nursing Officer? We don't usually partake in combat ops, so i doubt our protocols for things like hair, beard, dress and such are the same. No?
4) Big one: How different is MY basic versus the usual basic? I know they are different somehow, as i wouldn't be as combat-trained as, say, infantry. But still, like every newbie, i'm curious.

I do believe these are my biggest questions. I have asked these to recruiters and some people i know in the Navy, but i admit i would love to know various opinions or stories about these. Thanks in advance!!

I can only speak to 3 and 4:
3. everyone has the same standard. The nursing officers in my clinic wear combats in their day to day jobs in the clinic. Hair, beards, jewelry, everything is to the same standard as an infanteer or clerk or whatever.
4. BMOQ will be the same as the infantry officer or Log O or any other officer trade. You will have a special Health Services component after you finish BMOQ. You will still get trained on the gas hut, C7, leading troops, drill, etc. While you won't be AS combat trained as an infantry officer, everyone is a soldier (sailor/airmen/etc) first, trade second.

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Re: The "Nursing Officer" Merged Thread
« Reply #333 on: November 15, 2017, 11:11:18 »
Hello,

If you'd like further information on the roles of Nursing Officer in the CAF you can email the Health Services Recruiting Email (this is for Regular Force applicants only):
HealthSvcsRecruiting-RecrutementSvcsdesante@forces.gc.ca

Sometimes it can take a day or two (business days) to get a response but they have a hand out to email you that goes into detail.