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Registered Nurse/ Registered Midwife Graduate Program

Intake: February 2022

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

  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Nambour General Hospital
  • Gympie Hospital
  • Caloundra Hospital

The clinical areas include:

Women’s and Family rotations across the health service:
Including Midwifery, Birth Suite, GP Clinic and MGP
Pediatric ward (Child and Adolescent unit) Mental Health rotations across the health service
Peri-operative Palliative Care unit: Caloundra Hospital Acute Rehabilitation unit
Acute Neuroscience unitCancer Care and Gastroenterology unit Intensive Care unit
General Medicine: various units across the health service General Surgery: 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 unitGlenbrook Residential Aged Care Facility

Emergency Department and Paediatric Critical Care unit are not offered within the first-year graduate program at SCHHS.

Aims of the Program

  • to support the novice RN / RM as they transition into the role
  • to enable opportunities to consolidate clinical skills and develop clinical competence and confidence
  • to provide opportunities to work within a team and develop decision making and critical thinking skills

The SCHHS does not employ graduate RN / RMs:

  • who have not been successfully recruited through the graduate program
  • prior to the commencement of the Graduate RN / RM Program
  • on the casual pool instead of the Graduate RN / RM Program
  • in a concurrent appointment to a different clinical area while completing the graduate RN / RM program

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. You will be provided with regular opportunities for feedback and discussion regarding your clinical practice.

Eligibility for the SCHHS program

The SCHHS Graduate Program recruitment is guided by the Queensland Government Graduate nurse and midwife recruitment prospectus.

Check you are eligible to apply for a graduate position.  

This program is for graduate registered nurses and midwives that meet the following criteria:

  • have graduated (domestically or internationally) from your first undergraduate nursing degree, midwifery degree or graduate-entry Master of Nursing or Master of Midwifery within the past two years (July 2019 to July 2021) or be due to graduate by 1 March 2022.
  • hold either Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residency, New Zealand citizenship (with a subclass 444 Special Category Visa, or right to be granted) or any other visa with non-employer sponsored work rights.
  • have not have worked as a registered nurse or registered midwife for more than 960 hours (the equivalent of six months full-time).
  • are eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), including all documentation and identity checks.

Applicants are required to ensure that they select SCHHS supplied clinical preferences to remain eligible for the SCHHS Graduate RN / RM program.

Commencement on Graduate Program is conditional upon the following:

  • Completion of Bachelor of Nursing / Midwifery degree
    • Proof of completion must be provided to facilitate recruitment.
    • If your qualification certificate (e.g. Bachelor of Nursing Science) is not issued prior to commencement date you are required to supply a JP certified copy of your unofficial Academic Transcript until your certificate is available.
    • You must forward a JP certified copy of your qualification certificate once this is issued.
  • Registration with Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
    • Registration must be issued before the recruitment process can be completed
    • Graduates are required to apply for registration with APHRA 6 weeks before completion of their undergraduate course
  • English Competency
    • Evidence of successful completion of ILETS (where applicable) prior to submission of application to SCHHS.
    • Proof of English proficiency (where applicable) is mandatory as part of registration wit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is therefore an essential component of eligibility for first year registered nursing or midwifery positions with Queensland Health.
  • Criminal history clearance
  • Evidence of Vaccination for Preventable Diseases (VPD)
    • Candidates must provide evidence of mandatory vaccination, as identified in the VPD checklist / job role.
  • Favourable clinical referee report (PDF 133 kB)

All recruitment for graduate positions within SCHHS will be via the OCNMO Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Program site.

Last updated: 30 August 2021


Graduate Program Co-ordinator
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service