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

    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