The Graduate Nurse Program is designed to support Graduate Nurses in the clinical area and provide opportunities to consolidate both theoretical and clinical skills.

The program supports Graduates making the transition from student to advanced beginner practitioner in a friendly and stimulating working environment.

Graduates play an integral role in the nursing workforce at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and as such it is in our interests to welcome graduates into our team and assist Graduates to become confident and skilled nurses and part of our vision to be "First in Care, Research and Learning".

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About the program

Our Graduate Nurse Program is designed to support graduate nurses in the clinical area and provide opportunities to consolidate both theoretical and clinical skills.

The program supports graduates making the transition from student to Enrolled or Registered Nurse in a friendly and stimulating working environment.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital offers Graduate Nurses a number of benefits and services, including professional study days, clinical support and a social club.

Information handbook

Please download our information handbook which contains all the information about our program.

2021 and 2022 Graduate Nurse Programs

2021 programs

Applications for our 2021 Registered Nurse Graduate Program have closed.

Our Enrolled Nurse Graduate Nurse Program will not be offered in 2021.

2022 Registered Nurse GNP

Recruitment for our 2022 process will commence mid-2021.

Our recruitment process matches the PMCV Allocation and Placement Service timeline and eligibility criteria.

Program summaries

Registered Nurse Graduate Nurse Program

  • Two x 6 month clinical rotations

  • This offers 0.8 EFT positions. Salary as per Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2016-2020

  • Limited full time positions are available in the perioperative area only

  • Graduate specific orientation

  • Graduate study days including the internationally accredited ACTION™ program and MOCA (Management Of Clinical Aggression)
  • Extensive support network
  • A team of Coordinators and educators are committed to the wellbeing and success of graduates at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Preceptorship
  • Two intakes per year - January and February
  • 100 positions
  • Supernumerary days
  • Salary packaging
  • Secure car parking and bicycle storage on-site
  • A celebratory graduation ceremony upon completion of your Graduate Nurse Program

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Nurse Program

Our Enrolled Nurse Graduate Nurse Program will not be offered in 2021.

When running, the program offers:

  • 6-month program in one clinical area
  • This offers 0.8 EFT positions. Salary as per Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2016-2020
  • Rehabilitation and sub-acute clinical areas available
  • Supernumerary days
  • Graduate specific orientation
  • Graduate study days including the internationally accredited ACTION™ program and MOCA (Management Of Clinical Aggression)
  • EN GNP ‘Experience days’ – graduate shadows specialty practitioners such as RMH@Home sub-acute and alongside Clinical Nurse Consultants
  • Extensive support network
  • A team of Coordinators and educators are committed to the wellbeing and success of graduates at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Preceptorship
  • Salary packaging
  • Secure car parking and bicycle storage on-site
  • A celebratory graduation ceremony upon completion of your Graduate Nurse Program
Clinical rotations

The Graduate Nurse Program is designed to ensure the development and consolidation of basic nursing skills in the provision of person-centered care. Clinical rotations are allocated based on Graduate Nurse nominations and placement availability.

Clinical rotations at The Royal Melbourne Hospital include:

RMH City CampusRMH Royal Park Campus
Acute Medical Unit Geriatric Evaluation and Management
Cardiology and CardiothoracicRehabilitation
Colorectal and Hepatobiliary
Emergency Department
Emergency General Surgery
General Medicine and Respiratory
Haematology and Oncology
Infectious Diseases
Neurosurgery and Neurology
Nursing Pool
Palliative Care
Perioperative Services
Plastics and Orthopedic Trauma
Renal / Endocrinology
Vascular, Urology and Gastroenterology
Orientation, training and paid professional development days

The program begins with a structured orientation and induction program.

Our three-day orientation program consists of organisational, program and local area orientation, designed to be both fun and informative, giving you the opportunity to get to know other Graduates, members of the nursing education team and the clinical areas of the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The orientation is comprised of different activities, workshops and lectures to help you feel relaxed and confident about beginning your role as a nurse.

Training for the new Electronic Medical Record system will also be included as part of orientation.

Throughout the year there are a further training and paid professional development days, including the internationally accredited ACTION™ program and MOCA (Management Of Clinical Aggression). These days will provide you with up-to-date knowledge to assist you with your clinical and professional development.

Expert clinical support

Preceptor support

Preceptors will work alongside you in the initial period of your rotation, ranging from four to six weeks. This individualised support will help facilitate a positive clinical experience.

Our staff in Nursing Education conduct a number of Preceptorship Workshops and study days to prepare our staff to take on this vital role.

Nursing team

Our dynamic nursing team at The Royal Melbourne Hospital will welcome and support you.

Nurse Educators

Our dedicated team of Nurse Educators are locally based within each clinical area and provide expert clinical supervision, support and education to all graduates within the Graduate Nurse Program and clinical staff.

Nurse Unit Managers and Associate Nurse Unit Managers

Our senior clinical nurse leaders are there to assist, support and listen to all staff, especially those new to a clinical area or role.

Clinical Nurse Consultants

We have a number of clinical nurse consultants who can be accessed via pager for expert advice including stomal therapy, intensive care, palliative care, discharge planning, and infection prevention to name just a few.

Graduate Committee

The Graduate Nurse committee is run by individual graduates from each intake. They get together regularly to organise and discuss social events.

Members of the committee can be asked to participate in organisational events and improvement programs.

The committee is a great opportunity to network with other graduates and develop leadership skills.

The social club is a great opportunity to get to know other graduates and is especially valuable for those coming from interstate. So come and join in on the fun!

Beyond your graduate year

The Royal Melbourne Hospital prides itself on assisting the development of future nursing leaders.

Royal Melbourne Hospital Graduates are highly sought after within the healthcare industry, with greater than 90% of our Graduates electing to seek employment back with the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Following the Graduate Nurse Program, Graduates are encouraged and supported to gain future employment within the nursing workforce.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital conducts university-affiliated Post Graduate programs. Please see our Post-Graduate Program for further information regarding the program on offer and the application process.

Opportunities to learn more and meet our team

If you would like to learn more about our Graduate Nurse Program, we will be holding a number of online information sessions and interactive opportunities in 2021.

Events will be posted on the RMH Nursing Education on Facebook or follow RMH Nursing Education on Instagram.

What you'll need for your application

Please make sure you have the following ready when you're preparing your application

  • A one page cover letter

  • Your CV
    This should be no longer than two pages. Please include a table detailing your clinical placements

  • Your two most recent acute clinical appraisals.
    A second or third year appraisal is acceptable. A second year sub-acute appraisal is also acceptable

  • Official academic transcript
    If your transcript does not include all of your subjects, please submit what you currently have

Documents do not need to be certified for your submission.

Graduate Nurse position description