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

    Applications for the 2015 Graduate Nurse Program are now open. Please see details below on the application process, review the Position Description or read our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

    Application Process

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

    1. All candidates must register via PMVC Computer Match; and
    Online applications will open on Wednesday 4th June 2014, and candidates will be required to submit completed applications no later than 5pm on Thursday 24th July 2014. The following are requirements of the online application:
    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Academic Transcript
    • Clinical Appraisal documents
    • Preference Form
    These documents will be used by the selection panel in shortlisting candidates for interview.

    Cover letter

    (1-2 pages)

    • Addressed to “Nurse Unit Manager”
    • Discuss the following concepts:
      • Commitment to paediatric nursing at The Royal Children’s Hospital
      • Transition from undergraduate nurse to Registered Nurse
      • Communication and interpersonal skills required for nursing in a paediatric setting


    (Max. 4 pages)

    Must include:

    • Contact details (incl. full name, address, phone number/s and an email address)
    • Tertiary level education history (post-secondary)
    • Clinical experience (incl. number of weeks for each placement)
    • Recent employment history (incl. responsibilities in each role)
    • Volunteer experience
    • Professional development experience
    • Professional memberships
    • Referees


    (Min. 2 contacts)

    • Include contact details of professional nursing referees (min. of 2)
    • Must provide name, position and title, organisation, contact number and relationship (e.g. Third year clinical teacher)

    Academic Transcript

    • A certified true copy of all tertiary level academic transcript/s

    Clinical Appraisal documents

    • A certified true copy of clinical appraisal documents/tools for two most recent placements
    Preference Form Applicants must indicate which clinical services area they would prefer to work: Medical or Surgical.  Space is also provided for applicants who may wish to nominate a unit which they would most and/or least like to be placed if successful.

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email and shortlisted candidates will be invited to a face to face interview. Interviews will take place over a three week period, commencing Monday 25th August 2014.
    If you may be interested in working in the Perioperative Suite, please click here for some information about the unit.

    Interview process

    The interview process will take approximately 20-30 minutes, and candidates will meet with a small panel of senior nursing staff. The interview is an opportunity for applicant to demonstrate:

    • Understanding of the structure and contect of the Graduate Nurse Program at RCH;
    • Awareness of integrating the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia 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; and
    • Child- and family-centred approach to care.

    If you are shortlisted further information regarding the process will be provided you with your invitation for interview.

    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

    Applications open for RCH

    4 June 2014

    Applications close for RCH

    24 July 2014

    Notification of interviews by email

    11-22 August 2014


    25 August 2014 - 9 September 2014

    Computer Match results available to applicants

    15 October 2014

    RCH contact successful applicants

    16 October 2014

    Group A commencement

     January 2015

    Group B commencement

     February 2015

    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 

    Useful links


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