Graduate nurse program

  • The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Graduate Nursing Program (GNP) is designed for newly graduated registered nurses to develop specific knowledge and skills required to work in a tertiary paediatric 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

    Graduate nurse program 2017 news - updated 23rd August 2016 4.30pm

    Applicants shortlisted for an interview will attend a face to face interview at The Royal Children’s Hospital over a two week period commencing Monday the 29th August 2016. If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will receive details of your interview date and time.

    Applicants who were not successful in gaining an interview for the 2017 Graduate Nurse Program have also been sent email communication advising them of the outcome of their application.  We understand that you may wish to receive feedback on your application and we would be happy to facilitate this process.  You can contact us via email and a nurse educator will respond to your query after Wednesday 7th September.

    We thank you for your application and encourage you to apply for future Registered Nurse positions after completion of your first year of nursing practice.   All RCH nursing roles are advertised on the careers website and we hope you keep us in mind for future career opportunities.  

    Interview 

    The interview process will take approximately 20-30 minutes with a small panel of senior nursing staff.  The interview is an opportunity for an applicant to demonstrate; understanding of the structure and content of the Graduate Nurse Program at RCH; awareness of integrating the Nursing and Midwifery board of Australia (NMBA) competency standards for registered nurses into clinical practice; knowledge of contemporary nursing practice issues; ability to think critically; communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for  paediatric nursing; child and family centered approach to care.  

    A waiting room is provided with sufficient space to accommodate you and your support person(s) if required.

    Psychometric assessment

    The psychometric assessment was introduced in August 2016 for all of 2017 programs and consists of an invitation to participate in an online assessment that usually takes up to 30 minutes.  

    Medication Test

    The Medication calculation test is a short online timed test with a maximum of 20 multi-choice or true/ false type questions. The test needs to be successfully completed for this test to be eligible for an interview at the RCH.  The test assesses essential mathematical knowledge and please note that awareness of paediatric medications is NOT required. 

    Key Dates

      
     Application open & closeJune 1st - July 22nd
     Shortlisting stageAugust 15th - 22nd
     Notification of interviews by email (following shortlisting stage)August 22nd-26th 
     InterviewsAugust  29th – September 9th
     Computer Match (PMCV) results available to applicantsOctober 11th 2016
     RCH contacts successful applicantsOctober 12th 2016
     Intake one commencementMonday February 6th 2017 (TBC)
     Intake two commencement Monday March 20th 2017 (TBC)


    Key contacts

    Mrs Chrissy Temperley

    Administrator, Nursing Education
    Telephone 9345 6716
    Email: nursing.education@rch.org.au

    Mrs Mercy Thomas

    Nurse Educator, Graduate Nurse Programs
    Telephone 9345 6716
    Email: nursing.education@rch.org.au

    Archived information - how to apply

    • Read the Position Description and Frequently Asked Questions 
    • Consider which clinical services area you would prefer to work and review the Preference Form
    • Update your CV and advise your referees of your intentions
    • Draft your cover letter, addressing the criteria specified
    • Ensure you have up to date copies of academic transcripts and clinical appraisal documents
    • Organise certified copies of relevant documents 
    • Create electronic copies of certified documents for online applications
    • Learn about RCH and familiarise yourself with the organisation
    • Revise professional codes of practice and professional ethical standards 

    Application process

    There are 2 steps in applying for a Graduate Nurse position at the Royal Children's Hospital:

    1. Register via PMVC Computer Match
    2. Apply online to The Royal Children's Hospital via the advertised position on our careers site.

    Online applications will open on Wednesday 1st June 2016 and candidates will be required to submit completed applications no later than 5pm on Friday 22nd July 2016. Your uploaded documents will be used by the selection panel to shortlisting candidates for interviews.  Please adhere to the recommended guidelines as outlined below.

    Online application includes*

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) including photograph
    3. Academic Transcript
    4. Recent clinical appraisal documents / tools
    5. RCH Preference form

    * forms available for download with the online recruitment advertisement 

     1. Cover letter 

    Address the following concepts;

    • Insignt into transition from Undergraduate student to Registered Nurse
    • Communicaiton & interpersonal skills for paediatrc nursing practice
    • Paediatric nursing at The Royal Children's Hospital

    Addressed to "Dear Nurse Unit Manager" (e.g. addressed generically to all NUM’s rather than one specific NUM)

      2. Curriculum Vitae

      Your CV should include the following components and a be maximum of three pages in length 

      • Contact details. Include full name, address, phone number/s ,email address and a photograph (head and shoulder shot only)

      • Tertiary level education history (post-secondary school)

      • Clinical experiences as a undergraduate nurse  (include number of weeks and hours worked for each placement)

      • Recent employment history (include responsibilities in each role)

      • Volunteer experience

      • Professional development

      • Professional memberships

      • Referees.  Include contact details of two professional nursing referees who are able to describe your nursing practice and one referee from current employer (if not employed your referee can be from your volunteer work, sport coach, extra curriculum, church etc). Include referees name, position and title, organisation, contact number and relationship e.g. Third year clinical teacher.

      3. Transcript

      A certified true copy of your academic transcript is required to be attached along with the application. This must be an official transcript and must include a grading key to assist the reviewing NUM.

      4. Clinical appraisal documents / tools

      A certified true copy of your two most recent clinical appraisal documents /  tools are required to be attached along with the application.

      5. RCH preference form

      Applicants can indicate the intake (January or March 2016) and clinical service area they would prefer to work (Medical or Surgical).  Additionally they can nominate a unit which they would prefer to work and the area they would prefer not to work.

      Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a face to face interview at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). Interviews will take place over a two week period commencing Monday the 29th August 2016. If you are shortlisted for an interview further information regarding your interview times,  psychometric & medication calculation tests will be emailed directly to you.

      Psychometric test

      The psychometric test is being introduced in 2016 for the 2017 programs and consists of an invitation to participate in an online assessment that usually takes 20-30 minutes.   Further information will follow.

      Medication Test

      The Medication calculation test is a usually a short online timed test or a paper test.   Details of this test will be emailed to you with a set time frame to complete as part of your application. You have to complete and pass this test to be eligible for an interview at the RCH.  The test assesses essential mathematical knowledge and awareness of paediatric medications is not required. 

      Interview Process

      The interview process will take approximately 20-30 minutes with a small panel of senior nursing staff.  The interview is an opportunity for an applicant to demonstrate; understanding of the structure and content of the Graduate Nurse Program at RCH; awareness of integrating the Nursing and Midwifery board of Australia (NMBA) competency standards for registered nurses into clinical practice; knowledge of contemporary nursing practice issues; ability to think critically; communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for  paediatric nursing; child and family centred approach to care.

      Key Dates

      Application open 1 June 2016
      Application close 22 July 2016
      Notification of interviews by email 15-26 August 2016
      Interviews 29 August 2016 – 9 September 2016
      Computer Match results available to applicants 11 October 2016
      RCH contact successful applicants 12 October 2016
       Intake one commencement January 2017
      Intake two commencement  March 2017


      How can I prepare before submitting my application?

      • Read the Position Description and Frequently Asked Questions 
      • Consider which clinical services area you would prefer to work and review the Preference Form
      • Update your CV and advise your referees of your intentions
      • Draft your cover letter, addressing the criteria specified
      • Ensure you have up to date copies of academic transcripts and clinical appraisal documents
      • Organise certified copies of relevant documents 
      • Create electronic copies of certified documents for online applications
      • Learn about RCH and familiarise yourself with the organisation
      • Revise professional codes of practice and professional ethical standards 

      Key contacts

      Mrs Chrissy Temperley

      Administrator, Nursing Education
      Telephone 9345 6716
      Email: nursing.education@rch.org.au

      Mrs Mercy Thomas

      Nurse Educator, Graduate Nurse Programs
      Telephone 9345 6716
      Email: nursing.education@rch.org.au