The Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife (RN/RM) Graduate Program provides temporary, 12-month appointments across multiple facilities including:
The program aims to:
- support you as you transition into the role
- provide you with opportunities to consolidate your clinical skills and develop clinical competence and confidence
- provide you with opportunities to work within a team and develop decision making and critical thinking skills.
Graduates receive support within the clinical environment from a range of team members including:
- clinical coaches
- nurse educators
- nurse unit managers
- clinical nurse consultants.
Clinical coaches provide hands on bedside clinical support and education in a friendly and supportive manner. They'll provide you with regular opportunities for feedback and discussion regarding your clinical practice.
During the program, you may work in the following clinical areas:
- Women’s and Family areas including Midwifery, Birth Suite, GP Clinic and Maternity Group Practice (MGP), this includes rotations across the health service
- Paediatric ward, also known as the Child and Adolescent unit
- Mental Health, this includes rotations across the health service
- Palliative Care unit at Caloundra Health Service
- Acute Rehabilitation unit
- Acute Neuroscience unit
- Cancer Care and Gastroenterology unit
- Intensive Care unit
- General Medicine, this includes placements in various units across the health service
- General Surgery, this includes placements in various units across the health service inclusive of Urology and Gynaecology
- Cardiac unit
- Respiratory and Infectious Disease unit
- Vascular, Plastics and Ear, Nose and Throat unit
- Orthopaedic unit
- Aged and Restorative Care unit
- Extended Day Surgical unit
- Glenbrook Residential Aged Care Facility.
We don't offer the Emergency Department and Paediatric Critical Care unit in the first year program.
The program includes night duty, shift work and weekend work.
First year graduates work a variety of hours.
We also expect all graduates to take on extra clinical hours as available within their clinical areas.
Eligibility and how to apply
You can find out about eligibility and how to apply on the Queensland Health website.
We welcome applications from graduates of all universities within Queensland, even if you haven't done a placement with us.
When you apply, make sure you select Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services clinical preferences to be eligible for our program.
If English is your second language, you'll need to give us evidence that you've successfully completed the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
This program is also open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates.
We do not employ graduate RN/RMs:
- who aren't recruited through the graduate program
- prior to the commencement of the graduate program
- on the casual pool instead of the graduate program
- in a concurrent appointment to a different clinical area while completing the graduate program.
We don't accept late applications or alterations to submitted applications.
If your application is successful, you'll need to attend a face to face interview. You'll need to to bring proof of identity to the interview. We don't require your referee reports at this stage.
To start the program you must provide proof that you've completed a Bachelor of Nursing or Midwifery degree.
If you don't have your qualification certificate before your start date, you'll need to give us a copy of your unofficial Academic Transcript. A Justice of the Peace (JP) will need to certify this. Once you get your qualification certificate, you'll need to send a JP certified copy to us.
You must also register with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). We can't complete your recruitment process until you get your registration. You must do this 6 weeks before you complete your undergraduate course.
You must also:
- get a criminal history clearance
- provide evidence of Vaccination for Preventable Diseases (VPD)
- provide a clinical referee report [PDF 133 kB]
- provide completed HR recruitment forms, which we'll sent to you when you accept your offer.
When sending your certified documents to us, please don't send photographs of them, we won't accept these.
Options after the program
When you finish the program you'll have the opportunity to apply for work in a variety of clinical areas. You may also want to apply for a variety of second year graduate programs with us.
We currently offer second year graduate programs within the following units:
- Cancer Care Services
- Renal Services
- Department of Emergency Medicine
- Coronary Care unit
- Gympie Hospital rural rotation
- Intervention Procedural Suites
- Gastroenterology Procedural Suites.