Naval Nurse (Student)

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

What you’ll do

The Royal Navy is only as good as its people, and their health is of the utmost importance to us. 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, once you’ve qualified as a Naval Nurse you’ll play a key part in keeping our people fit and healthy. Unparalleled diversity, opportunities, training, teamwork and experience. It’s all there for student Naval Nurses.

Your role

  • Complete your qualifications as a Naval Nurse, and then continue to develop your skills 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
  • Become part of a world-class medical service that’s respected far beyond the Armed Forces

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing
  • You could have the opportunity for further study at Masters level

Skills you'll develop

  • Command, leadership and management training with recognised civilian qualifications
  • Opportunities to complete a Post Grad certificate or Masters in a specialist clinical area

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 104 UCAS points including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 300 UCAS points
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 3 grades 9 – 4 including English Language and Maths and a science subject; before 2017, you need 3 grade C or above
  • You must be aged 17 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

  • Enthusiastic with an eagerness to learn
  • Quick thinking and calm under pressure
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • A team player
  • An adventurous spirit

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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

After you’ve done your Basic Training, you’ll study for your degree at Birmingham City University, and receive extra military training when you have some down time. Once you’re qualified as a Naval Nurse, you’ll be fast-tracked to the position of Acting Leading Naval Nurse, going straight into a Defence Medical Group, based in an NHS Hospital.