Graduate Nurse Program

We designed our Graduate Nurse Program to assist newly graduated registered nurses to transition into an acute care setting, over a 12-month period

The Graduate Nurse Program provides opportunities for graduate nurses to consolidate and expand their clinical ability, judgement and confidence while working as valued members of the organisation. 

Highlights of the Graduate Nurse Program

  • We recognise:   
    • The transition from student to graduate nurse has had additional ongoing challenges due to the pandemic. In response to these challenges, targeted education has been developed, with the focus on fundamental nursing skills and knowledge.   
    • A successful first year in a nurse’s career is integral to their ongoing professional longevity, as consequences each graduate is provided with opportunities to make the most of their nursing career from the very beginning.  
  • Our graduate nurses consolidate fundamental nursing skills, acquire specialised cancer nursing skills and benefit from a tailored clinical support and education program.
  • We are a very acute hospital (not sub-acute) and provide opportunities to work in inpatient and/or outpatient settings. There is also an opportunity for graduate nurses to work within our theatre department.
  • Our Graduate Nurse Program is structured to encourage reflective practice and help new nurses identify the many possibilities available in their nursing career.  
  • We have a well-developed Professional Practice model that provides our nursing workforce with clear pathways that inform, support and guide nurses to progress their career, from novice to expert cancer nurse.   

There will be more than 30 graduate nurse positions available in 2025, with intakes in February and March.  

Where we allocate graduate nurses as part of the Graduate Nurse Program

The program may include two six-month rotations or an allocation to one ward or unit for its duration. Please see areas where we allocate graduate nurses: 

Please see information on how to apply for our 2025 Graduate Nurse Program   

Information evening

The 2025 Graduate Nurse Information night took place on June 4 - you can watch a video of the night below. 

Please see more information regarding our Graduate Nurse Program

Please see Peter Mac virtual fly through below.   

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