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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 100-200 graduate nurses each year.

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. 

For more information please contact:

Watch our 2023 Graduate Nurse Program information session

How to apply

Applications for our 2023 Graduate Nurse Program will open on 6 June 2022.

You will need to:

Application requirements

Document to include More information
Personal details form Can be found on job advertisement (Austin Health Careers)
Cover letter Addressed to the graduate program coordinator by name
  • No more than two 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 certified either digitally or manually
  • Include marking key
  • Must be official transcript
Clinical appraisals X 2

General Stream:

  • Acute
  • Acute/Subacute/Specialty

Mental Health Stream:

  • Acute 3rd Year
  • Mental Health

Combined Stream:

  • Most recent acute
  • Mental Health

Strict maximum of 10 pages for any of the above appraisal requirements

All clinical appraisals must:

  • be a maximum of 10 pages
  • be certified
  • include timesheet

Appraisals should preferably include coversheet with the placement location and dates.

More information

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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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