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Graduate nurses

  • Graduate Nurse Program

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Graduate Nurse 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 

    More information

    2023 Graduate Nurse Program Online Information Session Recording

    What our current Graduate Nurses think of our Program

    Key dates 2023 program (*subject to change in line with PMVC dates)

    RCH Application open and closing date    Monday 6th June - Friday 8th July 2022 at 5:00pm*
    Online medication test (sent via email)  Friday 8th July - Wednesday 13th July 2022*
    Shortlisting Process   Mid-Late July 2022*
    Notification of interviews by email (following shortlisting stage)  Early August 2022*
    Interviews  Mid-Late August 2022*
    Allocation & Placement (PMCV) results available to applicants 
    Early October 2022*
    RCH contacts successful applicants  Early October 2022 (following PMVC results)*
    Intake one commencement  Jan/Feb 2023 (subject to change as required)
    Intake two commencement  March/April 2023 (subject to change as required)

    Key contacts

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

    Administrator, Nursing Education

    Chrissy Temperley and/or Ellie Codman
    Telephone: 9345 6716
    Email: nursing.education@rch.org.au

    Nurse Educator, Graduate Nurse Programs

    Claudia Barriga
    Telephone: 9345 6716
    mail: nursing.education@rch.org.au

    Psychiatric Nurse Consultant

    Laura Hainsworth
    Telephone: 9345 6937
    Email: laura.hainsworth@rch.org.au