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Registered Nurse/ Registered Midwife Graduate Program

Intake: February 2021

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

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

The clinical areas include:

Women’s and Family rotations:
Including Midwifery, Birth Suite, GP Clinic
Paediatric ward Mental Health
Peri-operative Palliative Care unit Rehabilitation unit (Acute)
Acute Neuroscience unitCancer Care and Gastroenterology unit General Medicine: various units
General Surgery: various units inclusive of Urology and Gynaecology Cardiac unit Respiratory unit
Vascular, Plastics and Ear, Nose and Throat unit Orthopaedic unit Aged and Restorative Care unit
Extended Day Surgical unit Medical Assessment unit Intensive Care unit

Emergency Department is not offered within the first-year graduate program.

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 - Priority ranking 1 and will accept Hospital and Health Service (HHS) preference 1 applicants.

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

Commencement on the graduate program is conditional upon the following:

  • Completion of Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery degree prior to December 2018
    • 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 then must supply a JP certified copy of your final official Academic Transcript until your certificate is available. You must forward your JP certified copy of your qualification certificate once it 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.
    • oSuccessfully completed ILETS (where applicable).
  • 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 (DOCX 58 kB)

All recruitment for graduate positions within the SCHHS will be via the OCNMO site (graduate portal).

Last updated: 26 June 2020


For more information please contact:

Nurse Educator | Graduate and professional Programs
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

Email: scnurseeducatorgraduateprograms