In this section
The Program is designed to promote:
Our Graduate Nurse Program aims to facilitate the transition of newly
registered nurses to competent registered nurses by developing clinical
excellence within a safe and supportive environment.
The Graduate Nurse Program is a 12 month program based in one clinical
area, which allows all nurses to develop and consolidate knowledge that is
necessary to become a skilled and proficient registered nurse. From day one,
the program is structured to include a variety of clinical hours, study days
and further educational support. Each graduate nurse is assigned a named
preceptor to assist with the transition into the clinical area. During the
supernumerary period you and your preceptor will work identical shifts to
facilitate development of your nursing skills. Following your supernumerary
period further professional development opportunities will be supported by the
area NUM, Clinical Support Nurse’s and senior nursing staff within your
Each role at RCH has a specific Position Description, please read
through our Graduate Nurse position description prior to applying.
When considering which clinical area interests
you, please review each department unit outline by clicking on the links
Butterfly Ward – Neonatal Intensive Care
– Surgical and Neuroscience Care
Dolphin Ward – Short Stay
Kelpie Ward – Adolescent and
Koala Ward – Cardiac Care
Kookaburra Ward – Cancer Care
(Theatre, Recovery, Surgical Short Stay, Day of
Platypus Ward – Surgical Care
Rosella – Paediatric Intensive Care
Sugar Glider Ward – Medical Care
1. Application process
The following information will assist you with your application and
ensure you are providing our talent team with the most appropriate information
that showcases you and your interest in working at The Royal Children’s
please take the time to read through the
following information when compiling your application.
Initially 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 Thursday 1 June 2017 and candidates
will be required to submit completed applications no later than 5pm on Friday 21 July
2017. Your uploaded documents will be used by the selection panel to
shortlisting candidates for interviews. Please adhere to the recommended
guidelines as outlined below.
Your online application should include*
1. Application Form
3. Academic Transcript
4. Clinical appraisal
5. RCH Preference form
- available for download with the online recruitment advertisement
The application form will be
available as a part of the online application process. Please complete the application form
and attach to your online Mercury application. You do not need to attach
a cover letter as this application form replaces the cover letter.
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. This information is to be included in the application form.
Your resume should include the following components and a be maximum of three
pages in length
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.
4. Clinical appraisal documents/tools
A certified true copy of your two most recent clinical appraisal
documents/tools are required, along with the application. Please note that we
only require the appraisal pages of this tool. You are not required to upload your entire
5. RCH preference form
We use the preference form to assist us in
placing you in a clinical area that you think you will thrive in, or have a
particular passion for. Our aim is to place you in one of your ‘top 5’
preferences. However, in certain circumstances this could change especially if demand happens to exceed the number of available places for
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to undertake a medication calculation
test and psychometric test.
The medication calculation test is usually a short online timed test
or 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, however, awareness of paediatric
medications is not a requirement to undertake this test.
psychometric test was introduced in 2016 for future programs and consists of an invitation to participate in an online assessment. Information is emailed to shortlisted applicants in August 2017.
Applicants who fulfil the requirements of the psychometric test and the
medication calculation test 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 28th August 2017. If you are shortlisted, we will
email you with further information including the date and time of the interview.
The interview process will take approximately 30 minutes with a small
panel of senior nursing staff. The interview is an opportunity for
applicants 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.
How can I prepare before submitting my application?
The 2018 information session will be held on Thursday 25th May 2017 at The Royal Children's Hospital, this is an excellent opportunity for you hear about the support and resources available throughout our program. Our Program Educator, Nurse Unit Managers and current Graduate Nurses will share first hand experiences with you and welcome any specific questions you may have.
Bookings are now open for our Information sessions!
Secure your seat by registering your details using the links below.
Please note that both sessions are identical so you only need to register and attend one session.
Administrator, Nursing EducationTelephone 9345 6716Email: email@example.com
Nurse Educator, Graduate Nurse ProgramsTelephone 9345 6716Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychiatric Nurse ConsultantTelephone 9345 5526Email: Anthony.Purdon@rch.org.au