Acute Nurse

Acute Nurses are on the front line, making a difference to our patients every day across a range of acute settings. There is no better place to start your nursing career than the Royal Devon.

We offer a safe and supportive environment for you to gain experience across a wide range of clinical areas. Our Preceptorship Programme has been developed to support you and to help you build confidence as you make the transition from student to newly registered practitioner.

As well as providing you with protected time to study, you will also be assigned a preceptor to help guide you as you develop. Your preceptorship portfolio will also count towards degree or master's credits if you wish to continue your education and we will provide you with career development support that will help you plan for the future.

What is it like to work at the Royal Devon?

What is it like to work at the Royal Devon?

The Royal Devon is a university hospital trust and in addition to the teaching opportunities that you would expect, there are educational programmes, specialist networks and lots of opportunities to advance your own learning.

For those joining us with a wealth of experience in your field, you’ll also hold great autonomy as a senior professional, imparting your knowledge and experience to the next generation of medical students. In terms of your own development, you can expect a dynamic working environment with plenty of rotations to pique your interest.

This will cover a diverse mix of patients, complex conditions and specialist procedures, plus you’ll be working with the latest equipment under the guidance of senior medical staff that are at the very top of their game. We can’t wait to welcome you on board.

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Becoming a Nurse at the Royal Devon

What does a career pathway look like?

What does a career pathway look like?

There are so many ways to achieve a fulfilling and rewarding career as a Nurse. You may be starting afresh and looking for a brand new role, or perhaps you have dedicated a few years to other goals and are looking to return to practice. If you are interested in developing your role, we have a wealth of opportunities you can harness too.

To help you on your way, we produced a brochure to kick start your career with us. 

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Your bespoke learning journey

Your bespoke learning journey

You’ll be supported to create your own personal development plan. This is used to identify your individual training needs, which can be met from the wide range of learning opportunities available such as clinical skills, management development, coaching and mentoring, IT skills and much more.

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Advancing your career

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Jodie Ashford, Band 5 Staff Nurse
Jodie Ashford, Band 5 Staff Nurse

“I joined the Royal Devon as a newly qualified nurse and began working on our care of the elderly ward. I’ve recently made the move to the medical assessment unit where I work as part of a team alongside healthcare assistants, nursing associates, doctors, therapy teams and pharmacists. I’ve found everyone very friendly.

My pathway into nursing was through A levels and an adult nursing degree from UWE Bristol. Since starting work here, I’ve also been completing my preceptorship training. This course is designed for all newly qualified registrants in the trust. Over your first year, there are six taught study days and you’re assigned a mentor who helps support and guide you through your newly-qualified year.

The best thing about my job is getting to meet so many different people from such varied walks of life. It’s a privilege to hear their stories and care for them when they are at their most vulnerable. I would definitely recommend nursing at the Royal Devon. I’ve felt incredibly welcome everywhere I’ve worked.”

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Preceptorship programme

Preceptorship programme

Whether you are newly qualified, joining us from outside the UK, or returning to practice, our Preceptorship Programme will help you find your feet so you feel as confident and competent as possible.

The structured programme consists of a series of study days, after which you will apply theory to practice and hone the skills you have learned as you gain experience within your clinical area. These study days are spread over the course of a year.

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What can I expect to get paid?

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A day in the life of a Band 5 Staff Nurse

Last updated: August 17, 2023


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