Graduate nurses

  • Graduate Nurse Programs

    2024 welcomed a new Graduate Program to RCH that revitalised and reinvigorated what we have to offer Graduate Nurses.  Our new program provides an adaptable experience that builds resilience and foundational competence over various specialties. RCH Graduate Nurse Programs (GNP) are designed for newly graduated registered nurses to develop specific knowledge and skills required to work in a tertiary paediatric hospital. We offer 3 options for structured programs that will turn graduates into competent and confident professionals through a model of continuous learning and development in a safe and supportive environment.

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    Our programs are specifically 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 options

    Graduate Nurse Program Hybrid Information Session

    Join us (in person or online) on Tuesday 21 May at 4:30pm to hear about our exciting new Graduate Nurse Program opportunities, and everything RCH has to offer.

    Bookings open on Monday 22 April through Eventbrite. Don't miss out! Book Now.

    Graduate Nurse Program Twilight Open Sessions

    Join us in person for two twilight sessions giving those interested in our program the opportunity to have a more informal and in-depth conversations with our nursing staff about the Graduate Nurse Program. In addition, these sessions will offer guided tours of our hospital giving the opportunity to see clinical areas in which program participants will work.

    Bookings open on Monday 22 April through Eventbrite. Don't miss out!

    Click here for the Thursday 23 May Twilight Session.

    Click here for the Tuesday 28 May Twilight Session

    Key Dates 2025 Program (*subject to change in line with PMVC dates)

    Graduate Nurse Program Hybrid Information Session Tuesday 21st May 4:30-5:30pm 
    RCH Application open and closing date    Monday 27th May - Friday 21st June 2023 at 5:00pm*
    Shortlisting Process   Early July
    Notification of interviews by email (following shortlisting stage)  Mid July
    Interviews  Late July - early August
    Allocation & Placement (PMCV) results available to applicants 
    Wednesday 4th September at 10am*
    RCH contacts successful applicants  September (following PMVC results)*
    Intake one commencement  Jan/Feb 2025 (subject to change as required)
    Intake two commencement  March/April 2025 (subject to change as required)

    Key contacts

    Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4:00pm                         

    Administrator, Nursing Education

    Chrissy Temperley, Ashlee Moore and/or Ellie Codman
    Telephone: 9345 6716

    Nurse Educator, Graduate Nurse Programs

    Claudia Barriga
    Telephone: 9345 6716

    Lauren Cross
    Telephone: 9345 6716

    Psychiatric Nurse Consultant

    Laura Hainsworth
    Telephone: 9345 6937