Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) from Monash University in 2017. It was during this time that he received the Defence University Sponsorship Scheme (DUSS) to become a Nursing Officer in the Australian Army.
After the completion of his studies, Ben commenced his graduate nursing program within the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane; and completed his second placement year within both the ICU, and the Emergency Department (ED).
During his placement years, Ben documented the entirety of his experiences commencing as a Registered Nurse via a podcast, called 'New Grad Radio: Intensive Care & Emergency Nurse'.
Ben has since gone on to establish, and host 'The ACN Podcast with Ben Jenkins MACN', the offical podcast of the Australian College of Nursing; where he also holds the position of 'Communications Coordinator' for the Military Nursing Community of Interest.
As of January 2020, Ben has commenced his Full-Time service as a Nursing Officer at the Lavarack Barracks, for 1CHB 2CHC.
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