The Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife (RN/RM) Graduate Program provides temporary, 12-month nursing and midwifery appointments across multiple facilities including:

Introduction to the Nurse and Midwife Graduate Program

Program aims

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.

Clinical support

Graduates receive support within the clinical environment from a range of team members including:

  • preceptors
  • 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.

Clinical areas

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 (Midwives only)
  • Paediatric ward, also known as the Child and Adolescent unit
  • Mental Health, this includes rotations across the health service
  • Peri-operative
  • 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.

Work hours

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 preferably employ graduate RN/RMs:

  • who meet merit through the graduate program recruitment process
  • who are available to commence on the graduate program start dates
  • who won't be working in a concurrent appointment to a different clinical area while completing the graduate program
  • who aren't on the casual pool.

You must apply through the Graduate Portal. 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. You must provide 2 referees on your CV who we'll contact directly for referee reports.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identified positions

We value the guidance and involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working in our services to help us provide culturally and clinically safe care.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate nursing and midwifery positions.

To be eligible to apply for an identified graduate position, the graduate must identify during the graduate application process, using the Statutory Declaration on the Graduate Portal. Proof of Aboriginality (as outlined in Commission Chief Executive Guideline 02/13: Evidence of Attribute – Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Identified Roles) is required if you're appointed to an identified position.


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 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.

Last updated: December 2022