Graduate Nursing


Graduate Nurses are an essential part of our healthcare team. Each Graduate is provided opportunities to build new relationships and work effectively within a multidisciplinary team, and to strengthen their ability to deal with uncertainty.

The aim of the CGHS Graduate Nurse Program is to:

·         Develop confident, reflective individuals who can work effectively in an interdisciplinary team. 

·         To support our Graduate Nurses so that they enjoy coming to work and are enriched by their experiences.

What Does Our Graduate Progam Include? 

  • ·         A Graduate Nurse Coordinator designated to the wellbeing and success of graduate nurses at Central Gippsland Health Service
  • ·         A full time 52-week supported program
  • ·         6 weeks paid annual leave
  • ·         A rostered Accrued day off(ADO) each month
  • ·         An extensive hospital orientation
  • ·         Preceptorship support
  • ·         Three rotations through various clinical areas
  • ·         Paid supernumerary days in each rotation
  • ·         Paid study days
  • ·         Free uniforms
  • ·         A certificate and badge upon completion of the program
  • ·         Free car parking
  • ·         Salary packaging
  • ·         The opportunity to join an active social club

How Do I Apply For The Graduate Nurse Program At CGHS?

At CGHS we have offer a personalised approach in supporting our graduates as we only take one small cohort of Graduate Nurses in a February intake each year.

·       Complete the CGHS application on line at and upload the following documentation: Curriculum Vitae of no more than three pages that includes names and contact details of three (3) final year clinical referees – phone numbers (including mobile), postal addresses, and email addresses.


·         Official transcript of academic results to date with key of results code.


·         A handwritten letter describing why you wish to take part in the CGHS Graduate Program.


·        Two certified Clinical Appraisals (preferably third year or final year of study) - excluding psychiatric placements.


·         Two passport size photos.


CGHS is a part of the PMCV computer match process. More information about applying for a Graduate year at CGHS and important dates can be found by clicking on the following link

If you have any questions regarding the Graduate Nurse Program you are welcome to contact the Graduate Nurse Coordinator at Central Gippsland Health Service by phone on (03) 5143 8511 or email

Download our Graduate nurse Flyer.


Career Development…

At CGHS we hope that you would like to stay with us after your Graduate Year and pursue further existing opportunities to promote lifelong learning and career development.

These opportunities include:

  • Structured programs that support continued learning and transition into specialty areas after your graduate year.


  • Post Graduate programs in collaboration with universities, supported by Clinical Educators.


Courses available in:

Critical Care
Palliative Care

  • Ongoing employment positions in clinical areas that may be available at or near completion of your Graduate Year.

At CGHS we are proud of our ability to recruit and retain many of our Graduate Nurses.

Additional Services Offered In The Graduate Year

  • Great facilities in a skills lab to provide simulated learning experiences in a safe environment.
  • Library services supported by a Librarian
  • Access to free MIMS online app
  • Inter/Intranet services available through our Library.
  • An online learning platform – Moodle specifically set up for the GNP