We offer a transition program for experienced or novice enrolled nurses to take the next step in their career and train as specialised mental health nurses.

Enrolled nurses are integral to our commitment to developing a specialised mental health nursing workforce.

Our Enrolled Nurse Transition Program allows for a safe and supportive transition to mental health practice. The program allows you to consolidate and build on your knowledge, skills, and confidence while being supported within the clinical settings.

Our program

A 12-month program that includes an induction period, five mandatory study days and completion of a clinical portfolio regarding the development of mental health nursing skills.

Our clinical settings include:


We offer bi-monthly (every two months) intakes to the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Mental Health Nurse Program.

Who can apply

We welcome applications from:

  • Experienced enrolled nurses who wish to pursue their careers in mental health nursing
  • Novice enrolled nurses who have a passion for mental health nursing

Experienced registered nurses may be interested in our Registered Nurse Transition to Mental Health Nurse Program.

What we offer

This program includes part-time or full-time employment with the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) Mental Health Service.

Working at the RMH comes with benefits such as:

  • Salary packaging
  • Flexible working arrangements (0.6 to 1.0 EFT)
  • Convenient facility locations with access to public transport
  • A supportive working and learning environment with dedicated Clinical Nurse Educators

Study days

The 12-month program includes five paid study days:

  • Three days orientation at the beginning of the program, which will introduce you to foundation knowledge and skills to prepare you for clinical placement
  • A further two study days that you are required to attend. We also offer supernumerary time in the allocated clinical setting.

Leave entitlements

We offer annual leave, personal leave, accrued days off (ADOs) and study leave entitlements per the Public Mental Health Services Enterprise Agreement.

Support available

We provide Transition Mental Health Nurses with clinical support by an enrolled nurse educator in the clinical areas.

Our Enrolled Nurse Transition Program Coordinator is also available for the wellbeing and success of graduates.

After the program

The program will allow you to consolidate and build on your mental health knowledge and skills with confidence in a supportive setting.

After successfully completing the Enrolled Nurse Transition Program, you will receive a certificate of completion that will allow you to work in a variety of mental health facilities throughout the service.

Build your career in mental health with us

We will regularly advertise positions for the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Mental Health Nurse Program.

Register for job alerts through our online recruitment portal.

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer rotations?

No. You will be allocated to an inpatient clinical setting or community team at the start of the program.

Do you have a preceptorship program?

You will either be allocated a preceptor or be part of a learning support team depending on the clinical setting you are allocated to.

Mental Health occupational therapist, Caitlin at CCU
Looking for a career with us?

Find out more about current vacancies in our mental health services on the Royal Melbourne Hospital online recruitment system.

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Last updated 08 April 2024