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Graduate Nurse Program

Graduate Nurse Program

Creating purpose-trained nurses who have a long lasting career at Austin Health and provide reliable, safe, patient-centred care.

About our program

The Graduate Nurse Program (GNP) at Austin Health is well established and takes between 300-400 graduate nurses each year across all our streams.

Our graduate nurses participate in a well-structured and highly supportive program that offers many learning and development opportunities across our four sites.

We believe that graduate support and education is everyone’s business, and this is the culture that we foster at Austin Health.

The nursing education and ward teams strive to achieve best practice clinical learning environments for our graduate nurses, ensuring we deliver the best patient experiences and develop our early career nurses for a robust career in nursing.

Program streams

What we offer

  • Dedicated Graduate Coordinator
  • Dedicated Graduate Nurse Educator
  • Two rotations (6 months each)
  • Large variety of acute and specialty rotations
  • Opportunities to work in High Dependency Units
  • Comprehensive orientation program
  • Supernumerary time each rotation
  • Dedicated study days for each stream
  • Online learning
  • Structured reflective practice

Benefits of working at Austin Health

We offer a range of benefits, including salary packaging, wellbeing programs and staff discounts.

A safe and inclusive workplace

We are committed to supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce, by providing an inclusive environment where all cultures are valued and respected. We have a number of initiatives in place to support this commitment.

As a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Graduate and Cadetship Network there is a dedicated support and guidance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates. 

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2024 Graduate Nurse Program information sessions

If you are interested in a future career at Austin Health please book into one of our information sessions.

Online information session

This session will cover all four program streams offered at Austin Health.

Date and time Booking link
Tuesday 23 May 2023 from 10am to 12pm  Book the 23 May session on Eventbrite

Face to face information sessions

These sessions will cover all four program streams offered at Austin Health. Due to limited capacity in our lecture theatre it is essential that you book your space in advance to avoid missing out.

Date and time Booking link
Monday 29 May 2023 from 5pm to 7pm  Book the 29 May session on Eventbrite
Thursday 8 June 2023 from 5pm to 7pm  Book the 8 June session on Eventbrite
Wednesday 14 June 2023 from 5pm to 7pm  Book the 14 June session on Eventbrite

Mental health information session 

This session is for the mental health stream only and will not cover information on the general, combined or perioperative streams.

Date and time Booking link
Thursday 15 June 2023 from 5pm to 7pm  Book the 15 June session on Eventbrite

How to apply

Applications for our 2024 Graduate Nurse Program will open on 6 June 2023.

We are currently updating our application process to provide a more streamlined approach.  These details will be available by Monday 22 May 2023. 

Application requirements

Document to include More information
Cover letter

Addressed to the graduate program coordinator by name.

  • General and Perioperative stream: Erin Lemmo
  • Mental health stream: Bianca Blatchford
  • Combined stream: Erin Lemmo and Bianca Blatchford
  • No more than three pages
  • Include table of placements detailing where the placement took place, dates of placement, clinical hours completed and specialty
  • Include two clinical referees
Academic transcript
  • Most up to date (even if subjects are still pending)
  • Must be an official document
  • Include marking key
  • Must be official transcript
Clinical appraisals X 2

General Stream:

  • Acute
  • Acute/Subacute/Specialty

Perioperative Stream:

  • Acute
  • Acute/ Subacute/Specialty
  • Please supply a perioperative clinical appraisal if available.

Mental Health Stream:

  • Acute 3rd Year
  • Mental Health

Combined Stream:

  • Most recent acute
  • Mental Health

Please include the cover page and time sheet for each appraisal.

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Beyond the graduate year

Austin Health provides a wide range of opportunities beyond the Graduate Nurse Program, with more than 92 per cent of graduates staying on with Austin Health after completion.

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