Naval Nurse (Qualified)

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Medical
Level:Rating
Healthcare
Hands on
Humanitarian aid
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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

On shore during peacetime where your patients are your friends. At the scene of a natural disaster providing essential primary care. Wherever you are in the world, as a Naval Nurse you’ll play a key part in keeping our people fit and healthy. It’s a role full of responsibility and alongside your clinical work, you’ll also supervise and mentor junior personnel. Life as a Naval Nurse means unparalleled diversity, leadership opportunities, fast-track training and unrivalled experience.

Your role

  • Work at the forefront of your profession
  • Join as a qualified Adult Nurse and continue your training and development in challenging environments all over the world
  • Spend time working within the nursing team at an NHS Trust hospital
  • Make the most of opportunities to carry out specialist courses in areas including intensive care, operating theatres, emergency medicine, orthopaedics, primary care and mental health

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or even a degree, partially funded by us
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses

Skills you'll develop

  • Continued training and development in challenging environments 
  • Everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by a future civilian employer

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • BSc/MSc or BA Adult Nursing
  • RGN/RN (Adult) on sub part 1 or sub part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or Registered Nurse Mental Health on sub part 1 or sub part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • You must be aged 20 to 36
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

Skills and interests

  • An ambitious medical professional
  • Quick thinking and calm under pressure
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • A team player
  • An adventurous spirit

Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh


Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.


Professional training

Join a Defence Medical Group (DMG), start preceptorship programme including clinical rotation.  You will also do mentor training within this time.

Once rotation is finished there is the opportunity to specialise in ITU, trauma and orthopaedics, emergency care, primary health care, burns and plastics, mental health, surgical and medical.  Speciality training means going back to university and studying at degree or masters level.