Graduate nursing and midwifery

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Graduate programs assist you to transition into the nursing and midwifery workforce in a supportive environment. You will gain exposure to a variety of clinical settings, while consolidating theoretical learning and critical clinical skills and judgment.

Through the online recruitment system GradConnect, newly qualified enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives are encouraged to undertake a fully paid graduate program at either a public hospital or health service or a participating private hospital. This allows you to apply for graduate opportunities in all our participating hospitals and health services using just 1 application.

Find out more about GradConnect.

Do I need to complete a graduate program to practise as a nurse or midwife?

Once you are registered to practise as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or midwife you are able to gain employment in any health facility within Australia. Completing a graduate program is not mandatory.

Undertaking a graduate program is not a requirement for initial or ongoing employment. Graduate programs have been designed to offer additional support for novice nurses and midwives to assist their transition to the professional role within busy clinical environments.

Places within these structured graduate programs are capped for a range of reasons. You can still gain valuable experience outside of a designated graduate program.

More information

To find out more:

  • email us
  • contact individual hospitals and health services.
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Nursing and Midwifery Office