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Naval Nurse (Qualified)
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Naval Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll be a key part of the nursing team in an MOD hospital unit, keeping our personnel fit and healthy.

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  • £18,500 - £57,000
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Surface Fleet
  • Medical
  • Rating level

At a glance

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll play a key part in keeping our people fit and healthy. Expect unparalleled diversity, leadership opportunities, fast-tracked development – and a medical career like no other.
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Working in different environments, from rehab and emergency care to hospital ships, makes nursing in the Royal Navy a challenge full of amazing opportunities that I wouldn't get anywhere else.


Naval Nurse, Medical Branch

Role details

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

  • Join at a level that reflects your nursing experience
  • Develop and maintain your clinical competencies and skills within a Joint Hospital Group Unit
  • Complete preceptorship, if newly qualified
  • 2-year foundation programme to rotate round a variety of clinical areas to develop skill set
  • Deploy in challenging environments all over the world
  • Take on leadership and management responsibilities as your career progresses
  • Further opportunities to carry out specialist courses including: intensive care, emergency medicine, infection prevention control and primary care

Pay & benefits

  • Earn at least £33,000 after initial training
  • Excellent pay and promotion opportunities
  • A non-contributory pension scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Sports and Adventurous training

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 at Level 6 or 7, all funded by us
  • Civilian recognised Leadership and Management qualifications
  • Standard and enhanced learning credits for personal and professional development

Skills you'll develop

  • Continued training and development in challenging environments 
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible to practice nursing anywhere around the world
  • Team working and communication
  • Leadership and management


  • You must be aged 20 to 39
  • BSc/MSc or BA Adult Nursing
  • You need to be registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • You must be a United Kingdom national, or Commonwealth citizen, or Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

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


Joining Process

From picking your role to starting on your first day, these are the steps you'll take to join as a rating.

Career Progression

From responsibilities to pay, find out where this role can take you.

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