Graduate Nurse Program

The Memorial Hospitals Graduate Nurse Program is designed to assist Graduate Nurses in their transition to professional practice. This program is available to newly registered, Registered and Enrolled Nurses and it aims to: 

  • Assist and provide support to Graduates in their initial transition from Student to practicing novice Nurse.
  • Assist the Graduate in consolidating their knowledge, clinical practice, leadership, communication and teamwork skills in a supportive and flexible learning environment that is responsive to their needs

Assessment is based on the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) Competency Standards.

Objective of The Memorial Hospital Graduate Nurse Program 
At the completion of the program, the Graduate will have consolidated their knowledge and met their responsibilities as a first level practitioner and be ready to move on to the advanced beginner level of knowledge & skill.

About the Graduate Nurse Program 
The Memorial Hospital’s Graduate Nurse Program is a 46-week clinical program based on full time employment, commencing in February each year. Mid-year intakes or employment outside of this identified time frame may be considered on an individual and workplace need basis.

The Graduate Nurse Program includes: 

  • Hospital & program orientation
  • Unit orientation for each clinical rotation
  • Professional development study days with a strong clinical focus
  • Access to an online professional development education tool
  • Varying clinical experiences with unit rotations based on staffing requirements

The Graduate Nurse Program provides support to Graduate Nurses in the form of: 

  • On-site Graduate Nurse Coordinator, Clinical Managers and Clinical Nurses / Preceptors
  • Ongoing peer support from Nurses working in the clinical areas

Performance review 

  • Formal - performance appraisals
  • Informal - ongoing verbal feedback

Ward Based & Perioperative Programs 

Ward based program includes 2 x 6 month rotations to various areas across the hospital (ie. Surgical, Paediatic, Rehabilitation, placements depend staffing requirements).

Graduates who select the Perioperative program will work in the Perioperative area and may work in one or several areas throughout the year. This may include Theatre (Scrub / Scout), Anaesthetics, Recovery and Day Surgery. Perioperative experience during your nursing studies is an essential prerequisite for applicants of the perioperative stream.

The number of Graduate positions offered each year will be dependent on the staffing requirements. All positions are one year contracts and may be offered as part-time / full-time (0.8 – 1.0FTE). 

Address applications to Jody Roberts, Education Coordinator, submit online via The Memorial Hospital Website – Careers / GNP. Enquiries to

​​​​​​​Applications to include:

  • Cover letter, including requested program – ward or perioperative 
  • Resume
  • Referees – x 2  3rd year clinical referees and x1 current employer referee
  • Copy of course transcript
  • Copy of 2 most recent clinical placement reports


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