Staff Nurse Leanne Kirk dedicates herself to second career in Royal Naval Reserve



Leading Naval Nurse Leanne Kirk joined the Royal Navy Reserves in 2015 and has become a valued member of HMS Flying Fox, the Royal Naval Reserve Unit in Bristol. Having passed her Leading Rates Leadership Course in December 2018 she is continuing her development and taking on new challenges. In recognition of her strong performance, commitment and drive over the past 12 months Leanne was awarded a Commanding Officer’s Commendation in May this year.

Out of her naval uniform Leanne dons scrubs in her role as a Staff Nurse within the North Bristol NHS Trust. Being part of the Royal Naval Reserves has provided her with an opportunity to develop and share her passion for nursing with the non-medical members of the Ship’s Company.

Reflecting on her experiences in the Reserves, Leanne says: “The RNR has changed me for the better. When I think I have life all worked out, the RNR continues to challenge me, physically and psychologically, which has made my everyday and working life so much more exciting. I have a robust relationship with North Bristol NHS Trust who accommodate all my training. I’m proud to be a Nurse, not only in the NHS but also in the Royal Navy.”

When asked what the RNR had given her, she mentioned the extensive travel opportunities she has had: “I’ve travelled to Cyprus and America to broaden my skills in dynamic and challenging environments, completed leadership weekends in Wales and was privileged to attend the D-Day 75 event. Those closest to me can’t ever process the amount of opportunity you get in the Reserves and are always asking me “what’s next?”

Her thoughts extend to those thinking of joining, “Alongside all the travelling, it all boils down to maintaining a capability to serve your country at the drop of a hat and support your regular counterparts.”

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