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.

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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.

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Information handbook

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

2022 and 2023 Graduate Nurse Programs

2023 Registered Nurse GNP

Recruitment for the 2023 Registered Nurse Graduate Nurse Program (General) matches the PMCV Allocation and Placement Service timeline and eligibility criteria.

Applications open on Monday 6th June and close on Friday 8th July 2022. See below for further information about the application process.

Program summaries

Registered Nurse Graduate Nurse Program

  • Ongoing contract

  • Two x 6 month clinical rotations

  • Two intakes per year - January and February
  • 0.8EFT positions (8 shifts/fortnight)

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

  • Approximately 160 positions
  • Graduate specific orientation

  • Graduate professional development and training days including the internationally accredited ACTION™ program and MOCA (Management Of Clinical Aggression)
  • Extensive support network
  • A team of dedicated Coordinators and educators are committed to the wellbeing and success of graduates at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Preceptorship
  • Supernumerary days
  • 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-centred 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 Nursing Pool
Emergency Department
Emergency General Surgery
General Medicine and Respiratory
Haematology and Oncology
Infectious Diseases
Neurosurgery and Neurology
Nursing Pool
Outpatients Department
Palliative Care
Perioperative Services
Plastics and Orthopedic Trauma
Renal / Endocrinology
Vascular, Urology and Gastroenterology
Orientation, training and paid professional development days
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 Nurse Network

The network is run by individual graduates from each intake. Graduates meet regularly to provide feedback on the program and organise social events for the group.

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

It provides a great opportunity to network with other graduates and develop leadership skills.

Beyond your graduate year

Royal Melbourne Hospital Graduates are highly sought after within the healthcare industry, with 90-97% of our Graduates electing to continue employment with the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Following the Graduate Nurse Program, Graduates are encouraged and supported to gain future employment within the nursing workforce that aligns with their career aspirations.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital provides a range of programs to support the further education and development of our nurses, including our:

  • RISE Program
  • University-affiliated Post Graduate programs

RMH is affiliated with the following tertiary institutions for provision of our Post Graduate Nursing program.

  • The University of Melbourne (UoM)
  • Deakin University
  • Australian Catholic University (ACU)
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Graduate Nurse position description

2023 Graduate Nurse Program Application

Applications open on Monday 6th June and close on Friday 8th July 2022. The Royal Melbourne Hospital acknowledges the impact that COVID-19 has had on clinical placement and tertiary studies. If you have any questions about your application, please email and we will work with you to ensure you are putting your best foot forward with your Graduate application.

Submitting your application

Register with PMCV Allocation and Placements Service

  • Apply via The Royal Melbourne Hospital e-recruit on line application process Note: all applications must be submitted on line.
  • Please avoid Hotmail email accounts as these may not be accepted within the system
    • When asked "Are you applying for a Nursing Role?" under "Employment History," please select: "No”. This is because this is your first Registered Nursing role.
  • Ensure all documents are saved as PDF
  • The requested PDF documents below must be uploaded in order to complete your application and be eligible for the position
Cover Letter
  • Maximum 1 page
  • Addressed to: Katelyn Stevens, Nursing Education Coordinator Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street, Parkville 3050
Curriculum Vitae
  • Maximum 2 pages
  • Include a table outlining the details of all of your completed and upcoming clinical placements (dates, year level, organisation, clinical area)
  • Include details of 2 most recent acute* clinical referees (same as provided to PMCV)
  • Include details of 1 employment or volunteer referee or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Elder
Academic Transcript

Please include:

  • Official academic transcripts only accepted (including My eQuals)
  • All results received to date
    • We understand you may have results withheld or pending whilst awaiting clinical placements – please supply your most recent academic transcript. These can be obtained through Student Services at your university
  • The grading key
Clinical Appraisal Tools

Please include:

  • 2 most recent acute health care placement clinical appraisal tools in full
  • Formative and summative scores and comments (where available).

Where 2 acute clinical appraisal tools or referees are not available, the following will be accepted:

  • Most recent sub-acute placement
  • A second year placement (Bachelor students)
  • A first year placement (entry to practice Masters (2 year degree) students only)
  • Mental health and community placement appraisals and referees will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances and where the reason for this is explained within the cover letter
  • Due to the timeframes set by PMCV, we will be unable to accept documentation that will be finalised after the close date of applications.

Please note, documents do not need to be certified for your submission

Ready to submit?

Submit your application via our employment portal.

For further information, please contact the Transition to Practice Programs team at or call 0408179288