Graduate Nurse Program

We provide a learning environment that facilitates motivation and self directed learning, and the development of a professional identity, with support and guidance.


The Women’s provides graduate registered nurses with endless opportunities to learn and consolidate in a variety of women’s health settings.


Full time employment for 52 weeks including 6 weeks annual leave.


Combinations of the following areas are available to 15 Registered Nursing graduates:

  • Oncology / Gynaecology (six and nine months)
  • Neonates (six and nine months)
  • Perioperative Suites includes Theatre; Anaesthetics and Post Anaesthetic Care Units (six months)
  • Day Surgery Unit (three months)
  • Reproductive Services Unit (six months)
  • Emergency (three months)

Graduates are asked to provide their placement preferences with their application. These will be further discussed at interview. Every attempt will be made to place graduates in their preferred areas, however, this may not always be possible.

Professional development days

Professional development days are provided throughout the year, occurring more frequently early in the year. These study days are tailored to meet the specific needs of the graduate group and cover a broad range of topics. These include clinical skills such as pain management, epidurals, blood taking, pharmacology and BLS assessment. 

The vast range of services offered to women at the Women’s are also explored through speakers from the Women's Alcohol and Drug Service, Neonates, Oncology Unit, Acute Pain Team, Women’s Health Information Centre, Reproductive Loss service, Centre Against Sexual Assault and many other areas.

Preceptor program

Each graduate is allocated a preceptor by the nurse unit manager. Each placement provides graduates a supernumerary time appropriate to that area.

Night duty

Graduates are generally not rostered night duty during the first 10 weeks of employment.

Graduate Nurse requirements

  • Appraisal in each placement area
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) competency
  • Neonatal (BLS) competency (if applicable)
  • Emergency procedures (online)
  • Clinical areas: Orientation package & competency/skills checklist
  • Researched 10 minute reflective presentation to graduates their professional development day
  • Reflective journal submitted each study day
  • Medicine Management Compentency Package
  • Epidural competency
  • Smart Move / Smart Lift
  • Hand Hygiene and Infection Prevention
  • Storage Collection & Administration of Blood Products
  • Pressure Injuries, Falls & Faints (PIFF)
  • Data Integrity
  • Respectful workplace behaviours

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, participants receive a hospital certificate.


There is only one intake in our Graduate Nurse Program, commencing February 2014. There are no mid year intakes.


The Women's supports the rights of women to make individual decisions related to their health and well-being. This also includes making available pregnancy termination services. In your role as a graduate nurse you may care for women undergoing termination of pregnancy and, included in your care, you may be required to administer the first medication in this process. If you have any concerns in regards to this you may need to rethink whether the Women's is the right hospital choice for you to complete your Graduate Nurse program. 

Graduate Information Evening

The Graduate Information Evening will take place on Wednesday 18 June 2014.

For details of the time and location, and to register, please email Clinical Education.

Applications for the 2015 Graduate Nurse Program open on 29 May 2014. 

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