Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Programs

Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Programs

Bendigo Health offers a range of Graduate Programs designed to support your development from student to registered nurse or midwife. Each program includes a comprehensive induction and orientation, supernumerary time, supported learning and development opportunities/study days, debriefing and clinical support. See below for the great range of graduate programs on offer at Bendigo Health.

How to apply

Application process

 Registered Nursing and Registered Midwifery Graduate Programs

Step One

  • You will need to register to participate in the GNMP Match via the Allocation and Placement Service (APS) Website (https://allocations.pmcv.com.au)
  • Select Bendigo Health in your health service preferences
  • Nominate 2 referees
  • You can do this from Monday 5 June 2023 to Friday 7 July 2023

 

Step Two

  • You will need to register to apply for positions at Bendigo Health via our online recruitment system which is available by clicking here
  • Once registered you can apply for the Graduate Nursing and Graduate Midwifery position at Bendigo Health for 2024 that interests you
  • You can do this from Monday 5 June 2023 to Friday 7 July 2023

In 2024 we will have the following Graduate Nursing and Midwifery positions available:

  • Graduate Registered Midwifery Program 2024 – Midwifery Stream (2 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing/ Registered Midwifery Program 2024 – RN/RM Stream (6 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing Program 2024 – Perioperative/Perianaesthetic Stream (6 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing Program 2024 – Mental Health Stream (21 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing Program 2024 – Aged Care Stream (16 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing Program 2024 – General Stream (60 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing Program 2024 – Critical Care Stream (12 positions)

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program

Step One

  • The next recruitment process will commence in July for October start date. Apply directly to Bendigo Health via eRecruit.

  • Please note: you do not have to register with Allocations and Placements (APS) GNMP Match Process to apply for this position.

Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program

Aged Care

Providing an exceptional opportunity in gerontological nursing, a specialty Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program is offered at Bendigo Health. The 12 month program offers two six month rotations in residential aged care facilities.  

This program assists in building your specialised knowledge and skills of gerontological nursing, whilst being supported by Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators to consolidate your professional practice. Support is also provided by the nurse unit managers, clinical managers, nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

Graduates work 0.8 EFT during the program and are offered ongoing contracts with Bendigo Health upon successful completion of the graduate program.

FAQs

When does the Graduate year commence?
The 2024 Graduate Nurse Program will commence in January 2024.

How many positions do you offer?
We offer 8 positions in the Aged Care program.

How many clinical rotations do you offer?
We offer two clinical rotations. Each rotation is six months in duration. The aim of providing two rotations is to give each graduate the opportunity to experience and learn in two different residential aged care facilities.

How many professional study days do you offer?
You will attend four compulsory paid graduate nursing study days.

Am I employed part time?
Yes you are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight shifts (64hrs) a fortnight.

What shifts do I work during the Graduate Program?
You will work a combination of morning, evening, weekday, weekend and public holiday shifts.  As a graduate nurse, you are not required to work night shifts.

How much support will I receive during my Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program?
We offer a variety of support to our Aged Care Graduate Nurses in addition to the Graduate Nurse Program. We provide support through our dedicated and professional health care team.  This includes the Director of Nursing, Nurse Unit Managers, Clinical Managers, Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Allied Health.  You are also Strongly supported and guided by the Nurse Educators and Clinical Support Nurses.

Our Graduate Program provides formal and informal assistance including regular face to face meetings, informal chats and supervision, group debriefing and education sessions.

Helpful information

Key Dates

PMCV Key Dates

Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Careers Day – Monday 29 May 5pm to 7pm Bendigo Health Concert Hall, Bendigo Hospital Precinct. Hospital tours available. Bookings essential - register here.

BH applications open for all graduate registered nursing and midwifery positions – Monday 5 June

BH applications close –  Friday 7 July

PMCV closing date for change of preference – Wednesday 13 September

Allocations and Placement match results available – Monday 2 October

Second round match – From Monday 2 October 

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program – Direct applications to Bendigo Health opening July 2023

Useful Links

International students

All applicants for graduate registered nursing and midwifery programs must be registered with the PMCV Allocation and Placement process.

Applications are to be made online at Bendigo Health eRecruit and are required to submit all requested documents.

Key contacts

Graduate Program Coordinator Email
Aged Care Tiffany McKay [email protected]
Critical Care Carly Hickson [email protected]
Enrolled Nurse Erin Broad [email protected]
General Stephanie Weaving [email protected]
Mental Health Anthony Lunney [email protected]
Mental Health (Enrolled Nurse) Claire Allan [email protected]
Midwifery Maree Lines & Belinda Rosaia [email protected]
Nursing/Midwifery (RN/RM) Maree Lines (RM) & Belinda Rosaia (RM);
Stephanie Weaving (RN)
[email protected];
[email protected]
Perioperative/Perianaesthetic Mandy O'Connor [email protected]

Perioperative and Perianaesthetic Graduate Nursing Program

Perioperative and Perianaesthetic

Providing a unique opportunity in perioperative and perianaesthetic nursing, a specialty Interventional Suite Graduate Nurse Program is offered at Bendigo Health.  The 12 month program offers two six month rotations in Theatre (scrub/scout) and Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA) or Anaesthetics and Recovery.  Graduates concurrently study a single postgraduate subject relevant to their first clinical rotation. This subject receives university credit towards postgraduate qualifications. This assists in building specialised knowledge of perioperative or perianaesthetic nursing, whilst being supported by Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators to consolidate and build your nursing skills.

Graduates work 0.84 EFT (66.5hrs per fortnight) during the program and are offered ongoing contracts with Bendigo Health upon successful completion of the graduate program. Support is provided by the nursing education team, clinical support nurses, nurse unit managers, and nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?

There are two rotations of six months each. Rotations are ‘coupled’ according to the specialty area that graduates are successful in gaining.

DOSA (Day of Surgery Admissions) is linked with Perioperative specialty (operating theatres, scrubbing and scouting roles)

Perianaesthetics is linked with PACU (Post Anaesthetic Care Unit) care of patients.

When does the Graduate year commence?

The 2024 graduate program will commence in January 2024.

How much support will I receive during the Graduate program?

All perioperative and perianaesthetic graduate nurses will be assigned a preceptor and will also be supported by the education team including Clinical Support Nurses and Clinical Nurse Educators.

Additionally there are always supportive staff and managers on each rotation.

Bendigo Health also has a wonderful staff support program.

How many study days are there?

There are four. These are paid days and are included in your rostered hours. 

Do I have to enrol into a university course during the Graduate Program?

No, this is not compulsory, however is an option you may take up. It involves undertaking one unit for foundational learning relevant to work in the Interventional Suite area of practice, with Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Am I employed part time?

Yes you are employed 66.5hrs per fortnight which means you work seven shifts a fortnight, this is to assist with having enough time to complete the university requirements.

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?

As a Graduate Nurse in Interventional Suite, you will work day time hours of slight variation depending on the particular area, Monday to Friday. No evening shifts, night duty or weekends.

 

 

General Stream Graduate Nurse Program

General Stream

The General Stream Graduate Program provides an opportunity for graduate registered nurses to experience a mix of acuity and diversity across settings by undertaking two six month rotations. The options available for rotation include: 

  • Adult Acute Unit (Mental Health)
  • Cancer Services
  • Cardiac Catheter Laboratory
  • Children’s Ward
  • Community Nursing Service
  • Hospital in the Home (HITH)
  • Medical – Cardiac and Oncology
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical – Respiratory
  • Medical – Stroke and Renal
  • Orthopaedics
  • Patient Services
  • Rehab – Neurological and Stroke
  • Rehab – Orthopaedics and Amputee
  • Renal Services
  • Special Care Nursery
  • Specialist Clinics
  • Specialist Palliative Care & Evaluation Unit
  • Surgical – General

Recognising the important role nurses play in all settings, graduates are provided with guides and opportunities to develop and consolidate knowledge and skills that are both unique and transferable to any area of nursing practice, laying strong foundations for career progression beyond the graduate year. 

During the graduate program you will work 0.8 EFT. Support is provided by the nursing education team, clinical support nurses, nurse unit managers and nursing and interprofessional colleagues. On successful completion of the program, graduates are employed in an ongoing capacity within the organisation.

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?
You will have two rotations of six months each. These areas include acute and subacute inpatient, community and mental health.

When does the General Stream Graduate year commence?
The 2024 General Stream Graduate Nursing program has two intakes. These intakes commence in January and March 2024.

How many Graduate positions are available?
There will be 60 graduate nursing positions available in the 2024 General Stream program.

How much support will I receive during the General Stream Graduate program?
All graduate nurses at Bendigo Health are well supported as you make your transition as a registered nurse. There are a team of Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators that will support you during your graduate year. You will also receive support from the wonderful and supportive staff around you in your area – NUMs, ANUMs, CNSs, RNs, ENs and the multidisciplinary team.

How much supernumerary time will I receive?
You will have supernumerary time at the start of each rotation – the time for this differs between clinical areas, but at a minimum you will receive four days for rotation one and two days for rotation two.

How many study days are there?
There are four compulsory study days, two per rotation in the General Stream graduate program. These are paid days and are included in your rostered hours. 

Am I employed part time?
Yes. You are employed 0.8FTE which means you work 8 shifts (64hrs) per fortnight.  

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?
Nursing is a 24/7 career, so depending on the rotation, you will work a combination of day, evening, night, weekend and public holiday shifts. Some rotations are Monday to Friday only.

Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife Graduate Program

Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife

Bendigo Health offers a combined Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife graduate program.

This program is specially designed to support the transition of dual registered graduates as they transition into the roles of nurse and midwife at Bendigo Health.  Graduates will experience two six month rotations in nursing and midwifery to provide the opportunity to explore and develop in each profession.

The midwifery rotation will focus on the consolidation of knowledge and skills in caring for women and babies throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal journey. The nursing rotation will focus on the consolidation of knowledge and skills in caring for either neonatal or adult inpatients in an acute clinical setting.

Graduates will be supported by the nursing and midwifery education teams and clinical support staff, as well as the broader departmental teams.  Study days during each rotation will provide the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills.  

On successful completion of the program, graduates are employed in an ongoing capacity within the organisation.

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?

You will have two rotations of six months each.

Within your midwifery rotation you will focus on the consolidation of knowledge and skills in caring for women and babies throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal journey. The nursing rotation will focus on the consolidation of knowledge and skills in caring for adult inpatients in an acute clinical setting.

When does the RN/RM graduate year commence?

Graduates in this program will commence in either January.

How many graduate positions are available?

There are four graduate positions available in this program.

How much support will I receive during the RN/RM graduate program?

Graduates will be supported by the nursing and midwifery education teams and clinical support staff, as well as the broader departmental teams.  Study days during each rotation will provide the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills.  

How much supernumerary time will I receive?

Supernumerary time may differ between clinical areas, however you will receive a minimum of four days supernumerary time at the commencement the Graduate Program.

How many study days are there?

You will attend a range of paid study days relevant to each of your rotations. These include orientation, Foetal Surveillance Education Program, NeoResus and PROMPT (obstetric emergencies), plus additional study days with the General Stream Graduate Program.

Am I employed part time?

Yes. You are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight shifts (64hrs) per fortnight.  

What shifts do I work during the graduate program?

Nursing and Midwifery is a 24/7 career, so depending on the rotation, you will work a combination of day, evening, weekday, weekend and public holiday shifts. 

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program

Bendigo Health is passionate about facilitating the professional development of all nurses and are excited to offer a supportive graduate program for newly graduated Enrolled Nurses. 

Graduates in Enrolled Nurse graduate program commence in residential aged care to consolidate nursing knowledge and skills, before utilising these transferable skills to progress to a second 6 month rotation in an acute or sub-acute inpatient department. 

This program has intakes in April and October.

While working 0.8 EFT, the program offers you the opportunity to consolidate nursing theory and practice. You are supported by the Learning, Education and Development (LEAD) team, clinical support nurses, nurse unit managers and nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

On successful completion of the program, graduates are offered ongoing employment at Bendigo Health.

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?
Graduates will undertake a 12 month program with 2x 6 month rotations. Each graduate will complete 1x hospital based (acute/subacute) and 1x Residential Care rotation. Applicants will have the opportunity to submit a preference for preferred department allocation.

When does the Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program commence?
The next intakes of the Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program commences April and October 2024.

How many Graduate positions are available?
There will be 24 positions offered across two intakes.

How much support will I receive during the Enrolled Nurse Graduate program?
All graduate nurses at Bendigo Health are well supported as you make your transition to nursing. There are a team of Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators that will support you during your graduate year. You will also receive support from the wonderful and supportive staff around you in your area – NUMs, ANUMs, CNSs, RNs, ENs and the multidisciplinary team.

How much supernumerary time will I receive?
Supernumerary time may differ between clinical areas, however you will receive a minimum of four days supernumerary time at the commencement of each rotation.

How many study days are there?
Five study days across the 12 month program. Study days are paid days and are included in your rostered hours.

Am I employed part time?
Yes. You are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight shifts (64hrs) per fortnight.  

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?
Nursing is a 24/7 career, so depending on the rotation, you will work a combination of day, evening, weekday, weekend and public holiday shifts. Graduate Enrolled Nurses are not expected to work night shift in the first 4 weeks of each rotation.

Critical Care stream graduate program

Critical Care

The Critical Care Stream Graduate Program provides an opportunity for graduate nurses to experience a mix of acuity as they rotate between the Emergency Department (ED), Short Stay Observation Unit (SSOU) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

Graduates will be supported in all areas to develop and consolidate clinical knowledge and skills within their scope of practice relevant to the needs of patients in their care.

During the graduate program you will work 0.8 EFT. Support is provided by the Learning, Education and Development team, clinical support nurses, nurse unit managers and nursing and interprofessional colleagues. On successful completion of the program, graduates are employed in an ongoing capacity within the organisation.

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?
You will have three rotations of differing lengths. The majority of your graduate year will be spent in the ED, with a shorter rotation to SSOU and supernumerary time in ICU. Each graduate will spend the same amount of time in each area.  

When does the Critical Care Stream Graduate year commence?

The 2024 Critical Care Stream Graduate Nursing program commences in January 2024.

How many Graduate positions are available?

There will be 12 graduate nursing positions available.

How much support will I receive during the Critical Care Stream Graduate program?

All graduate nurses at Bendigo Health are well supported as you make your transition as a registered nurse. There are a team of Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators that will support you during your graduate year. You will also receive support from the wonderful and supportive staff around you in your area – NUMs, ANUMs, CNSs, CNCs, RNs, and the multidisciplinary team.

How much supernumerary time will I receive?

You will have supernumerary time at the start of the ED and SSOU rotations. The rotation to ICU will be exclusively supernumerary.

How many study days are there?

There are four compulsory study days spread across the program. These days will be linked in to the General stream program – promoting networking opportunities. These are paid days and are included in your rostered hours. 

Am I employed part time?

Yes. You are employed 0.8FTE which means you work 8 shifts (64hrs) per fortnight.  

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?

Nursing is a 24/7 career, so depending on the rotation, you may work a combination of day, evening, night, weekend and public holiday shifts.

Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Mental Health

Bendigo Health Mental Health Services provides Child, Young Person, Adult and Older Persons community mental health services.

The aim of the Mental Health Graduate program is to facilitate the transition from student to registered nurse within a supportive environment, offering opportunity for clinical experience and professional development in Mental Health. The program encourages consolidation of mental health nursing skills and knowledge within a holistic framework of nursing practice. Support is key, with the program offering individual and group supervision plus a preceptor within each rotation. Clinical supervision is known to nurture resilience and reduce burnout in nurses.

Each graduate is employed at 0.8EFT and offered three, four month clinical rotations in either Child, Young Person, Adult, Older Person In-patient or Community mental health settings. Our Mental Health Graduate Program requires Graduates to enrol into the Master of Mental Health Nursing Course at LaTrobe University. Candidates are advised to seek advice regarding university costs of subjects, eligibility for Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS and government scholarships. The Mental Health Graduate Program also attracts advanced standing credit points towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing.  The Graduate Program provides 12 monthly study days that align with Master of Mental Health Nursing course.  

For more information contact: Mental Health Professional Development Unit (MHPDU) on (03) 5454 7612

Click here for the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program brochure.

FAQs

How many rotations do I have and do I get to choose where I go?
There are three rotations of four months each divided up between inpatient, residential and community teams. Once we know who our Graduates are we ask them to nominate their preferences for rotations. Although we can’t guarantee everyone’s choices, graduate nurses usually get some of their preferences.

When does the Graduate year commence?
The 2024 Graduate program will commence on Monday 29 January 2024.

How many Graduate positions are available?
There will be 21 Graduate positions available in 2024.

How much support will I receive during the Mental Health Graduate program?
All Mental Health Graduate nurses (including General Stream Graduate nurses doing the Mental Health rotation) will be assigned a Clinical Supervisor, a Preceptor and will also attend Group Clinical Supervision at the start of each study day. On inpatient rotations, a dedicated Graduate Support Nurse is available to provide guidance and assistance to you on the floor. There are always supportive staff and managers on each rotation and Bendigo Health has a wonderful staff support program.

How many study days are there?
There are 12 compulsory study days, one on the third Tuesday of every month (except December, where the study day is the second Tuesday of the month). These are paid days and are included in your rostered hours.

Do I have to enrol into a university course during the Mental Health Graduate Program?
Yes. You will enrol into the Master of Mental Health Nursing course at La Trobe University. Credit points are obtained for successful participation in the Graduate program.

Am I employed part time?
You are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight days a fortnight, this is to assist with having enough time to complete the university requirements and achieve a work life balance.

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?
Depending on the rotation, you will work a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts. You are not required to work night shift during the Graduate year. Some community rotations are Monday to Friday.

When will interviews be conducted for the Mental Health Graduate program?
The planned dates for interviews for the 2024 Mental Health Graduate program will be on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 August 2023 (these dates could be subject to change). Interviews will be conducted via Zoom. 

Which Graduate program do I apply for to do a mixture of general nurse and mental health nurse rotations?

You would apply through the General Stream Graduate program and in your cover letter you would state that you would like to be considered for the Mental Health rotation (6 months). There are only two positions available for this Mental Health rotation one in the first half of the year and one in the second.

If I am chosen to do a 6 month mental health rotation from the General Stream Graduate Program do I get to attend the Mental Health Graduate Program study days?
Yes. The paid study days are on the third Tuesday of every month (except December, where the study day is the second Tuesday of the month) and you will attend the ones that fall during your rotation. You are not required to enrol in the Master of Mental Health course with La Trobe.

Mental Health Enrolled Nurse Graduate/Transition Program

Mental Health Enrolled Nurse

The Mental Health Enrolled Nurse Graduate/Transition program provides a supportive environment for enrolled nurses to gain new mental health nursing skills and to consolidate prior learnings.

Nurses will have access to clinical supervision, group clinical supervision and preceptorship. This support plays a key role in assisting new graduates and transition nurses with the demands of working in a fast paced and ever–changing environment.

Commencing late 2023, the program includes study days that explore the nuances of mental health nursing which will help provide a strong foundation for a rewarding career.

Graduates will be offered two, six month clinical rotations in either Older Persons, Adult in-patient or Community Mental Health settings.

Each graduate/transition nurse is employed at 0.8 EFT. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be offered a minimum of 0.6 EFT within Bendigo Health.

Click here for the Mental Health Enrolled Nurse Graduate/Transition Program brochure.

For more information contact the Mental Health Professional Development Unit (MHPDU) on (03) 5454 7612.

FAQs

Will I have orientation?

You will take part in an orientation week, and each setting will orientate you to their environment once you arrive. During orientation, you will be introduced to our mental health service, electronic documentation and other key learnings.  You will have support from the Mental Health Professional Development Unit, Clinical Nurse Specialists and the team you will be working with.

Do I get to choose where I go?

There are two, six month rotations and you will be able to list your preferences. Although we can’t guarantee you will get everything you nominate, we will try to match you to your preferences.

How many positions will be available?

There will be 6 EN/Transition Graduate positions available in 2023.

How many study days are there?

There are up to 10 paid study days during the program which will enhance your understandings of mental health conditions, treatment options and how to communicate and build therapeutic connections with clients. These days are included in your rostered hours.

What shifts do I work during the program?

You will work 0.8FTE which means you work 8 days a fortnight (64 hours). This is to assist with work/life balance as you transition into your new career. Depending on your rotation, you will work a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts. You are not required to work night shift during the program. The community rotation will be Monday to Friday.

Midwifery Graduate Program

Midwifery

Bendigo Health Women's and Children's Services offer a 12 month midwifery graduate program to support newly qualified midwives to consolidate their knowledge and skills in caring for women and babies throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal journey. 

The graduate year is supported by the midwifery education team, the broader midwifery group and the medical team within the service.  

Graduates participating in this program gain confidence, feel a genuine part of our multidisciplinary team and develop competence as a midwife at the end of their graduate year. Graduate midwives are offered structured study days throughout the year to consolidate their theoretical foundation in midwifery. 

FAQs

Do I get to rotate through the different areas in maternity?
Yes. You will rotate through Birth Suite, Women’s Ward and Women’s Clinic, which includes midwives clinic, assessments and midwifery home care. The amount of time you spend in each area will vary.

When does the Graduate year commence?
Your graduate year will commence in January or March and runs over a 12 month period.

How many Graduate positions are available?
There are a total of eight positions available in 2024. They are a mix of PMCV registered candidates and direct applications from post-graduate midwives.

How much support will I receive during my graduate year?
All graduate midwives at Bendigo Health are well supported as you make your transition to a registered midwife. There are midwifery educators, clinical support midwives and passionate colleagues throughout the areas you work.  You will also receive lots of support from the staff in your area. This includes managers, acting midwifery managers, clinical specialists, nurses, midwives, doctors and the multidisciplinary team. You will also be allocated a mentor at the commencement of your graduate year to provide you with extra support.

How many study days are there?
You will attend required study days relevant to midwifery. This will include orientation, FSEP, neoResus and PROMPT, plus additional days with the General Stream Graduate Program. These are paid days and are included in your rostered hours. 

Am I employed part time?
Yes you are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight shifts (64 hours) per fortnight.
Annual leave is five weeks and should be taken throughout the 12 month period.

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?
You will work a combination of day, evening, night, weekday, weekend and public holiday shifts. Shift times are as follows:

Birthing Suite/Women’s Ward/Special Care Nursery: AM 0700-1500 / PM 1330-2200 / ND 2130-0730
Women’s Clinic: 0830-1700
Midwifery home care: 0800-1630