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Graduate Nurse Program

  • The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Graduate Nursing Program (GNP) is designed for newly graduate registered nurses to develop specific knowledge and skills required to work in this children's speciality hospital. This is a structured program with integrated study days and debriefing sessions to assist the graduate nurse to practice in a safe and supportive environment as a confident and accountable professional.

    The Program is designed to promote:

    • Child and Family centered care
    • Competence in Paediatric nursing practice
    • Engagement in critical questioning and reflective practice
    • Integration into effective multidisciplinary teams

    2015 Graduate Nurse Program Information Evening

    Final year nursing students are invited to attend the information evening for the 2015 Graduate Nurse Program at the Royal Children's Hospital. The evening includes presentation on the application requirements and process, as well as information on the structure of the program at RCH.

    Please click here to secure your place.

    Bookings are essential. Attendees will be required to present current university ID card and printed ticket for entry.

    DATE:    Wednesday 28 May 2014

    TIME:    5:30 - 6:30pm (doors open at 5pm) 

    VENUE:  The Royal Children's Hospital, 50 Flemington Road Parkville VIC 3053

    Further Details:

    1 ticket available per student due to venue restrictions. Places are limited so get in quickly to avoid disappointment.

    If all places are booked please register your interest by joining the waitlist. This will allow us to contact you with with information on any follow-up or repeat events. 

    The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne uses PMVC Computer Match to appoint graduate nurses to the program. Students are encouraged to visit their site for information and registration. Further information regarding the RCH online application process will be available soon.

    Structure of the program

    The program offers the graduate nurse a structured 12 month program that provides support and education through preceptorship, clinical skills development, debrief sessions and ongoing theoretical study in a dedicated clinical area.  Each graduate nurse is allocated at least one preceptor and will have access to Clinical Nurse Facilitators, Clinical Nurse Educators and  Nurse Educator, Graduate Nurses to support the transition process from advanced beginner to a competent nurse.  The graduate nurse will have supernumerary time with their preceptor/s for up to six weeks of the program (this varies depending on unit speciality requirements) to enable transition to the new practice setting.  

    The content of the program comprises of both clinical and theoretical components.  The clinical component will comprise of full time rostered shifts in an allocated clinical area to develop the skills and attributes of nursing, while the theoretical component of the program is presented through study days focused on developing the knowledge for assessment and management of paediatric patients.  It is a yearlong series of learning and work experience.  Graduate nurses will be employed on a permanent basis as a Registered Nurse, making you part of the organisation right from day one.  Graduate Nurses will gain competence and confidence by working closely with our experienced teams and will be fully supported throughout the course of the year in the GNP program. 

    Key Dates

    Group A commencement Monday 20 January 2014
    Group B commencement Monday 17 February 2014

    Useful links


    Chrissy Temperley Administrator, Nursing Education  Phone 9345 6716 or
    Mercy Thomas          Nurse Educator, Graduate Nurses  Phone 9345 5768  
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