Nursing Associate

Bridging the gap between healthcare support and registered nursing, Nursing Associates may be relatively new in the UK but they are leading the way when it comes to professional development in the workforce.

We are proud to be one of the first Trusts in the country to adopt this role, which acts as a great stepping stone to becoming a Registered Nurse.

You’ll be an important part of our multi-discipline team, working alongside Support Workers, Assistant Practitioners and Qualified Nurses as well as Doctors, Consultants and other healthcare professionals.

What's it like to work at the Royal Devon?

What's 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 a plethora of opportunities to advance your own learning. 

Your empathy and dedication are just what our patients need if they require acute care, and meanwhile, your team will be around to continuously provide support and guidance. Staff nurses, support workers, nursing associates and assistant practitioners work alongside consultants, doctors, sonographers and many more professionals, so you’ll be joining a warm and welcoming team that will support and guide you throughout your career.

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Becoming a Nursing Associate at the Royal Devon

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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Anne-Marie Watkins, Nursing associate
Anne-Marie Watkins, Nursing associate

My journey into nursing began in January 2011, when I joined as a healthcare assistant. Prior to this, I had worked in the community with Devon social services as a domiciliary care support worker for 7 years. In November 2016 a fantastic opportunity to apply for the Nursing Associate pilot arose and I realised that I could move forward with a career in the nursing profession.

My ward manager and mentor have been very supportive along my journey, they have allowed me to take part in any courses that I have needed to help me make the transition from a Healthcare Support Worker to a Nursing Associate, and I have thoroughly enjoyed learning many new clinical skills.

Additionally, I have had some incredible and diverse placements, which have greatly improved my leadership, management and communication skills. Most importantly though I have met and developed friendships with some truly inspiring people along the way.”

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Last updated: April 24, 2023


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