The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Graduate Nurse Program provides you with the best start to your nursing career. We are flexible, supportive and will provide you with a wealth of experience, knowledge and much more!

Graduate nurses are an integral part of the RMH commitment to taking the nursing profession into the future. This includes ensuring that graduate nurses are well supported by senior nursing leaders and that they have the opportunity to experience a range of nursing specialities.

Graduates are recognised as a major source of new staff recruitment to RMH each year 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".

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.

2020 and 2021 GNP updated application information

If you have been invited for a GNP interview and have updated application information, please download and complete this form. Please bring this form with you to your interview.

Interviews for 2020 Enrolled Nurse GNP will be conducted during the week commencing Monday 10 February 2020.

Interviews for 2021 Registered Nurse GNP will be conducted during August 2020.

Application process for the 2020 and 2021 Graduate Nurse Programs

Applications for the 2020 Graduate Nurse Program:

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Nurse Program

Applications are now open and close on 4 February 2020. Apply online now.

Registered Nurse Graduate Nurse Program

Applications for 2021 will open mid-2020.

Position description for Graduate Nurse Programs
Program summaries

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Nurse Program

  • 6-month program in one clinical area
  • 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

Registered Nurse Graduate Nurse Program

  • Two x 6 month clinical rotations

  • 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
  • Three intakes per year - January, February and March
  • 160 positions
  • Supernumerary days
  • Salary packaging
  • Secure car parking and bicycle storage on-site
  • A celebratory graduation ceremony upon completion of your Graduate Nurse Program
Full and part time programs

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Nurse Program

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

Registered Nurse Graduate Nurse Program

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.

Paid professional study days

The program begins with a structured orientation and induction program.

The orientation program is 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 main areas and wards of the RMH.

The orientation is comprised of different activities, workshops and lectures to help you feel more relaxed and confident about beginning your role as an Enrolled or Registered Nurse.

From March 2020, training for the new Electronic Medical Record system will also be included as part of the orientation.

Following the workshops and lectures, you will commence your first rotation side by side with your allocated preceptor for three supernumerary days.

Throughout the year there are a further paid professional study 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.

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!

Expert clinical support

Nurse Educators

We have expert Nurse Educators who provide orientation and bedside teaching to the clinical staff and to you during the Graduate Nurse Program.

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.

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.

Nursing team

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

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.

Beyond your graduate year

RMH prides itself on assisting in the development of future nursing leaders.

RMH graduates are highly sought after within the health care industry, with greater than 90% of our graduates electing to seek employment back with RMH.

Following your GNP, you will be encouraged and supported to gain future employment within the nursing workforce.

We also conduct university-affiliated Post Graduate programs. Find out more about our Post Graduate Nurse Program.