Our Graduate Nurse Program is designed to support registered nurses in their first year of practice and provide opportunities to consolidate both theoretical and clinical skills.

Applications for our 2025 Graduate Nurse Program have closed.

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About the program

At the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), people are at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to our graduates' wellbeing and success and each year support over 200 Graduates making the transition from student to registered nurse (RN).

"Overall my grad year has been such a good experience for me. The flexibility, support, sense of community and overall culture has been amazing."

2023 Graduate nurse

The program embodies the RMH values of 'People first', 'Lead with kindness' and 'Excellence together'.

As a graduate nurse, you are an important part of the nursing workforce at the RMH. We are excited to welcome you to a friendly and stimulating working environment to build your confidence and skills as a new RN.

Available positions and requirements

  • Ongoing contract for career security
  • January, February and March 2025 intakes
  • Approximately 207 positions
  • Positions are 0.8EFT (eight shifts per fortnight) to support your work-life balance in your first year of practice (perioperative rotations are full-time)

To begin the program, you must have completed your RN qualification by February 2025.

All enrolled nurses (ENs) who are completing a Diploma to Bachelor transition program who will become an RN by February 2025 and meet the other PMCV eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply.

Note: We are not planning to run an EN Graduate program in 2025.

Education and training

  • Opportunity to develop a range of nursing skills with two six-month clinical rotations across a wide variety of specialties
  • Graduate-specific four-day orientation program to set you up for success
  • Four graduate professional development and training days including the internationally accredited ACTION™ program (see Melbourne Clinical Simulation Centre to learn more about the ACTION™ course)
  • Specialised graduate preceptorship model across all clinical areas
  • Smooth transition to the ward with minimum seven supernumerary days across both rotations
  • Additional professional development opportunities including regular ‘Grad Tutorials’ and the Graduate Nurse Network

"The team environment/culture is amazing. It exceeded all of my expectations. They are all so open and willing to help, which helps create a safe place to learn and grow."

2023 Graduate nurse

Wellbeing and support

  • Dedicated Assistant Director of Nursing and Early Career Nurse Educator to prioritise the needs of our graduate nurses and offer additional expertise and assistance
  • Extensive network, including ward-based Clinical Nurse Educators and Clinical Support Nurses, highly skilled within the speciality area to support you
  • Free wellbeing support 24/7 via our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with Converge

Program completion

  • Supported transition into employment following completion of GNP facilitated by the Nursing Workforce Unit
  • A celebratory graduation event on completion of your Graduate Nurse Program


  • Salary packaging of up to $11,660 FBT per year, reducing your taxable income and increasing your disposable income
  • Secure car parking and bicycle storage available, including shower and changing facilities
  • Close to public transport

Find out more about the benefits of working at the RMH.

Why choose the RMH?

Nursing education support
Preceptor support
Speak Up culture and wellbeing
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Professional development during your program
Clinical nurse leaders and additional specialist support
Beyond your graduate year

Links and documents

Royal Melbourne Graduate Nurses Association (RMGNA)
Current RMH Graduates receive one year free membership to the RMGNA
Contact us
Graduate Nurse Program Recruitment Team
0408 179 288
The RMH Parkville
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
Nursing Education
Melbourne Simulation Centre
The RMH Parkville
Ground Level West
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
Last updated 24 June 2024