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Education

Graduate Nurse Program

FAQs about our graduate programs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about our graduate programs for nurses.

General

Do I get supernumerary time during my graduate year?

Yes you will get supernumerary time on both of your rotations, a minimum of three days on your first rotation and minimum of two on your second rotation.

How many study days are provided?

We provide a minimum of five study days in the General stream, seven study days in the Combined stream and ten in the Mental Health stream. These are tailored to meet the specific learning needs of graduate nurses.

Most graduates also attend extra study days specific to their clinical areas.

What support is offered to me as a graduate?

Graduate nurses are supported on the wards by members of the Clinical Education Unit, including specialty Nurse Educators and Clinical Support Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, ANUMs and NUMs. Each graduate is also allocated a preceptor who will work with them during supernumerary time and provide ongoing support during their rotation.

I have never done a clinical placement at Austin Health - will this affect my chances of getting into your program?

No - we understand that students don't usually get to choose where they undertake their clinical placements. We welcome the diversity of students from different universities and education providers in Victoria.

What contract will I be offered if I am successful?

Successful Graduate Nurse Program candidates will be offered a 54-week contract, at a minimum of 8 days per fortnight with the potential to work full time if desired. After your graduate year you will be given ongoing employment in various locations at various hours.


Application process

Who do I address my cover letter to? 

For the general stream please address your cover letter to Erin Lemmo, Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator.

For the mental health stream please address your cover letter to Bianca Blatchford, Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program Graduate Coordinator.  

For combined applications please address your cover letter to both Erin Lemmo and Bianca Blatchford. 

For the perioperative program, please address your cover letter to Bianca Blatchford, Graduate Nurse Coordinator.

How will I know if I am shortlisted for an interview and when are they held?

Graduate Nurse Program interviews will be conducted in August.

You will be notified by email if you have been successful in gaining an interview.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified via email.

When will I find out if my application is successful?

The Allocation and Placement System, run by PMCV, conduct the computer matching service which places graduate nurses with hospitals. If you have been successful in getting a position at Austin Health a member of the GNP team will ring you in the week following the results being released.

My appraisal is long, what should I do?

We understand that sometimes the appraisal documents are long, and this is university dependent. When uploading your document please make sure that you include:

  • Cover page with placement location and dates
  • Time sheet
  • Preceptor comments (Formative & Summative)

My acute placement was split over two locations, do I submit this as one or two appraisals?

Please include these as one single appraisal.

My preceptor did not write any formative comments?

If your preceptor did not write any comments please ensure you include the summative and include the marking rubric from your formative and summative assessments.

What should I do if my transcript does not have my third year results on it?

We understand that your third year results may not be released in time for your application. Please attach your most recent Official Transcript and bring an updated one with you to interview.

What should I do if I can't get some of the required documents by the closing date?

If you do not have a particular document when submitting your application, please indicate this in your cover letter and attach a word document with a statement explaining that you “Will submit when available”. Please bring the document to the interview.

All required documents must be either original, digitally watermarked or certified.

What are my chances if I am an interstate applicant?

Austin Health is governed by the Allocation and Placement System for computer matching. This year interstate candidates will be considered as part of the match.

I am an international student and am not eligible to register through computer match. Can I still apply?

Yes, Austin Health accepts applications form international candidates through PMCV.  


Rotations

Do you offer placements in specialty areas?

Yes - Austin Health has a wide variety of specialty areas across the three sites.

  • Victorian Spinal Cord Service
  • Victorian Liver Transplant Unit
  • Victorian Respiratory Support Service and Ventilation Weaning Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Acquired Brain Injury Unit
  • Cardiac surgery and cardiology
  • Paediatrics
  • Day surgery
  • Oncology and haematology
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Renal

Opportunity to work in High Dependency Units

  • Respiratory
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgical

Do I get to choose where I rotate during my GNP?

As part of the application process we will ask you to list the areas in which you would be your preferred area of work. We take these into consideration when we are allocating your two clinical rotations. 

What are my chances of getting one of my preferred clinical rotations?

Traditionally there are some wards that are very popular and demand is high for these positions. As such, we ask successful candidate to give us three preferences for clinical rotations

It is our priority to ensure each graduate receives the best clinical development by rotating across two distinct clinical areas such as: acute/subacute/medical/surgical/specialty.

Will I have to do shift work as part of the graduate program?

Yes, all of our graduate programs require graduates to work a rotating roster and a mix of morning, afternoon and night shifts. We ensure that shifts are well supported in the first few weeks.