Graduate Nurse program

Acquire experience and knowledge in a supportive environment.

The Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (BRHS) Graduate Nurse Program has been designed to provide a valuable and varied experience for newly qualified nurses embarking on the first twelve months of their role as a registered nurse.

The goal is for the graduate to acquire experience and knowledge within a supportive environment, enabling them to become a competent, confident, accountable and professional health care practitioner.

We aim to equip the graduate nurse with the skills and confidence to successfully initiate known theory with practice within the health care setting.

The graduate nurse will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills throughout the program and into their professional careers.

BRHS Graduate Nurse Program

Program Structure

This program is specific to BRHS and provides the graduate nurse the opportunity to consolidate practice in various areas in the clinical setting.

The 12 month program consists of 2 x 6 month rotational positions throughout the hospital, at 0.8 EFT each.

Prior to the program, participants will be given the opportunity to indicate their ward preference for the program.

They can choose from areas such as: Medical/Surgical, Aged Care, Rehabilitation, Dialysis, Medical/Palliative/ Paediatrics, Emergency, Midwifery (dual degree graduates only), Medical Imaging and Perioperative areas.

There is also an opportunity for two graduate RNs to rotate for six months in a primary health care partnership with Gippsland Lakes Community Health at 0.8 EFT.

How to Apply

The recruitment process for positions in our 2022 Graduate program has been finalised.

Applications for the 2023 program open on the 6th June 2022 and close on the 8th July 2022.

Please go to the vacancy listing here and follow the application instructions as stated at the bottom of the advertisement. 

Educational Opportunities

The graduate nurse is provided with a number of educational study days throughout the year which are designed to complement the clinical environment.

Reflection is used as a strong underlying basis over the 12 month program.

It is used as a means for the Graduate RN to gain a greater awareness of their performance and their personal and professional self to ensure they are providing quality, person-centred nursing care.

The graduate nurse is encouraged to regularly attend education sessions occurring within the wards and throughout BRHS, or within the primary health care setting where relevant.


Learning Experiences

The graduate nurse programs will challenge participants to think critically about current knowledge, practice and the importance of evidence based practice in the clinical setting.

The graduate will be encouraged to be self-directed with their learning objectives and goals.

All graduates are required to complete compulsory assessable components including work based learning assessments and theoretical work.

Performance Development

The graduate nurses’ performance will be monitored and assessed throughout the year, utilizing reflective and feedback tools to assist with their learning and development.


Each graduate will be assigned a preceptor.

This process enhances orientation and adjustment to the clinical area and assists in the development of clinical skills and knowledge.

Support is provided by the Graduate Nurse Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Educators, Nurse Unit Managers, nursing and multidisciplinary staff on the ward.


The graduate nurse will be expected to work a rotating roster, including mornings, evenings, night duty, weekends and public holidays.

Some of the rotations, depending on the setting, will have more regular hours.

Annual Leave

Annual leave will be available during the program, as per the Nurses and Midwives Enterprise Agreement.


Nurses at BRHS are provided with a uniform package sourced through a local business.

Nurses on the GLCH rotation are expected to wear neat and professional attire.

The uniform is to be returned, if the graduate chooses not to continue employment with BRHS following the program.

Employment Details

Participants of the BRHS Program are employed for a fixed term for 12 months.

Once the program is complete, there is an opportunity to apply for our 12 month Transition Nurse Program.


 There is no onsite accommodation at BRHS, however staff can apply for temporary accommodation at our residential complex.

This can be negotiated at offer of contract.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Nurses Registration

All participants must be eligible to apply and be granted their Victorian nurses registration prior to commencement of the program.

Some features of BRHS include:

  • 52 Acute Beds
  • 19 Sub-Acute Beds
  • Modern Theatre Suite
  • High Dependency Unit
  • Day Procedure Unit
  • Oncology/Medical Ambulatory Day Unit
  • Dialysis Unit
  • Emergency Department + Short Stay Unit
  • Palliative Care
  • Maternity Services
  • Aged Care Facility
  • Allied Health Services
  • Medical Outpatient Services
  • Home-Based Services  including Hospital in the Home, Community Health and a CBD campus.

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