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Graduate Nurse Program 2024

​Our Graduate Nurse program aims to provide a supported environment for graduate registered nurses to transition into the workforce, consolidating both theoretical knowledge and clinical skills. We are looking for positive, caring and enthusiastic applicants.

Rotations may include Acute and Aged Care. 


The program is managed by the Clinical Education Coordinator and we also provide a dedicated Clinical Support Nurse for mentorship who supports graduate orientation and is available to attend clinical areas for bedside support and teaching. Each rotation has specific objectives and graduates also participate in a Quality Improvement project as part of their program. Study days are onsite in small groups to encourage team building, targeted education and interaction. 

Program Summary

  • Three x 4-month clinical rotations

  • one intake per year - February

  • 0.8EFT positions (8 shifts/fortnight)

  • Possibility of 0.6 eft on discussion

  • Six position

  • Graduate specific orientation

  • Graduate professional development and five in-house study days including iv-cannulation competency, male catheter competency

  • Extensive support network

  • A team of dedicated clinical support nurses and educators are committed to the wellbeing and success of graduates at KDH

  • Supernumerary days

  • Salary packaging

  • Free car parking

  • A celebratory graduation ceremony upon completion of your Graduate Nurse Program


Clinical rotations

The Graduate Nurse Program is designed to ensure the development and consolidation of basic nursing skills in the provision of person-centred care. Clinical rotations are allocated based on Graduate Nurse nominations and placement availability.

Clinical rotations at Kilmore District Hospital include:

  • Acute medical, surgical and GEM ward

  • Caladenia – high acuity age care

  • Specialty rotation in theatre/recovery or Urgent Care Centre


Orientation, training and paid professional development days

The program begins with a structured orientation and induction program.

Our four-day orientation program consists of organisational, program (2 days) and local area orientation (2 days), designed to be both fun and informative, giving you the opportunity to get to know other Graduates, members of the nursing education team and your first rotation clinical area at Kilmore District Hospital.

The two-day program orientation is comprised of different activities, workshops and competency assessments to help you feel relaxed and confident about beginning in your role as a nurse.

Orientation is followed by 2 days of clinical supernumerary time at Caladenia and Acute Ward, 4 days of clinical supernumerary time in the specialty area, where you will be supported to orientate and integrate into the clinical area, prior to working independently as a nurse.


Throughout the year there are a further 5 study days and opportunities to take part in education opportunities free of charge. These days will provide you with up-to-date knowledge to assist you with your clinical and professional development.


Expert clinical support

Nursing team

Our dynamic nursing team at KDH will welcome and support you.

Nurse Educators and Clinical Support Nurses

Our dedicated team of Nurse Educators and Clinical Support Nurses provide expert clinical supervision, support and education to all graduates within the Graduate Nurse Program, lead study days and mentor the Graduate Nurses through the Graduate Nurse Program.

Nurse Unit Managers and Associate Nurse Unit Managers

Our senior clinical nurse leaders are there to assist, support and listen to all staff, especially those new to a clinical area or role.


Beyond your graduate year

Following the Graduate Nurse Program, Graduates are encouraged and supported to gain future employment within the nursing workforce at KDH that aligns with their career aspirations.

KDH provides a range of programs to support the further education and development of our nurses, including our:

  • University-affiliated Post Graduate programs

    • Post-graduate midwifery care

    • Post-graduate perioperative care

KDH has created a graduate information video that you can watch below. 

Please email our Clinical Education Coordinator with any questions at



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