Graduate Nurse and Midwifery Programs
Our graduate programs offer you a dynamic and well-structured graduate year. Our aim is to facilitate and support you, the beginning practitioner in your transition from student to Registered Nurse or Nurse and Midwife by providing a structured clinical support program within a theoretical framework. At Latrobe Regional Hospital you will have the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge and skills in a friendly and well-supported environment.
Recruitment to our programs is a little different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Click on the thumbnail below to hear from our education and training team on why you should choose LRH for your graduate nursing year.
If you're aiming for a career in mental health, hear from some of our nursing and allied health postgrads by clicking on the thumbnail below.
We have a number of entry points to our graduate program:
- Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Program (General) at Latrobe Regional Hospital.
- Graduate Nursing Program (Mental Health) at Latrobe Regional Hospital.
In addition, we have a number of exciting collaborative programs with some of the Latrobe Valley’s best healthcare services. The collaborations are between Latrobe Regional Hospital and
- Yarram District Health Service (YDHS)
- Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS)
- Yallambee Aged Care
- Maryvale Private Hospital (MVPH)
We also offer a general nursing graduate program to Enrolled Nurses as well as a 2-year, Postgraduate Mental Health Program that is open to Enrolled Nurses, Registered Nurses and Allied Health staff covering inpatients and community mental health programs.
Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Program (General)
This program consists of two 6-month rotations through any of our inpatient units:
- Nicholson Rehabilitation
- Nicholson GEM
- Avon (General Medical)
- Bass (General Medical)
- Tanjil (General Surgery and Orthopaedics)
- Critical Care
- Hospital in the Home
- Theatre (PACU, DPU, Anaesthetics and Scrub Scout)
- Thomson (Paediatrics, Special Care Nursery and Midwifery)
Graduate Nursing Program (Mental Health)
This program consists of two 6-month rotations through one of our Mental Health inpatient units:
- Flynn (Adult Acute Assessment)
- Macalister (Psychogeriatric Acute Assessment Unit and Nursing Home)
Six months will be spent on one of the units above, with the second 6 months spent working within one of the acute inpatient units mentioned above.
Collaborative Graduate Nurse Programs (Nursing Stream)
These programs enable you to practice health care through both the public inpatient space as well as within another exciting organisation that speaks to either the community, rural and remote nursing, aged care and management or private inpatient nursing.
Yarram District Health Service:
You will gain experience for six months at Yarram District Health Service in the Acute Medical Unit, the Urgent Care Department as well as District Nursing and Community Palliative Care teams. This pivotal 6-month rotation will see you working in a rural setting where you’ll be expected to step up as an integral member of the team, working closely with expert nurses, doctors and allied health staff. The level of independence is high in this role, so be sure to lean on the supports available when needed, knowing that you’re making a huge difference in the lives of the locals you support.
Latrobe Community Health Service:
You will gain experience at Latrobe Community Health Service in District Nursing and Community Palliative Care. This role may take you all over the Gippsland region but your base will be at its central or western sites. This opportunity will get you working in ways that speak strongly to the primary health care nurse inside you. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with individuals in their homes and care for them in a way that’s more personalised than can be offered in the acute setting. You’ll need excellent time management and a broad clinical understanding for a role like this.
Yallambee Aged Care:
You will gain experience at Yallambee Aged Care in Traralgon working in a management role alongside some of the most clinically competent Registered Nurses the aged care industry has to offer. If you’re interested in caring for the aged population and working in a management role, then Yallambee is for you. You’ll be trained up working with the floor staff, learning to navigate and run a high number of beds, providing care and support to the clients as well as managing medication rounds, wound care rounds and end of life care. By the end of your 6-month rotation with Yallambee you should have the skills and expertise to run one of their five houses with little support from the RNs.
Maryvale Private Hospital:
You will gain experience at Maryvale Private Hospital, with the chance to work within their general medical, general surgical or operating theatres. This role will give you experience working with a number of different clients and staff as you provide world-class care to the clients that enter Maryvale’s front door. This opportunity gives the graduate the chance to experience top notch private healthcare as you care for the client population from entry to exit. A true collaborative team will be there to support you with excellent staff, ready to help when needed. You’ll need to be clinically brilliant and have a strong compassionate core that will lead you to provide the best care possible.
Graduate Enrolled Nurse Program
This program consists of two 6-month rotations, with one 6-month rotation being in a sub-acute unit and the other in either a medical or surgical unit. This program is not run every year as it is run based on the needs of the unit. When run, it will start in either January or July.
Mental Health Postgraduate Program
The 12-month Postgraduate Mental Health Program is designed for nurses (enrolled and registered) and allied health staff who have a strong interest and passion to work in the mental health field. The program has been designed for participants to gain acute inpatient experience as well as the opportunity to experience a wide variety of mental health services offered in the community.
Current rotations are as follows:
- 3 weeks of orientation through our Master Classes
- Opportunity to work in and specialise in most areas across the Mental Health service.
- Additional 8 paid study days in the first year and an additional 6 paid study days in the second year.
As part of the program, the expectation is that you will enroll in postgraduate studies to complete the Diploma of Mental Health, with the opportunity to complete your Master of Mental Health. A number of educational providers have offered very generous credits towards their Masters programs if you are enrolled in LRH's graduate programs. The course is offered by mixed mode via distance education, face-to-face tutorials and attendance at mandatory study days. Clinical placements including specific objectives and learning opportunities form the basis of our Graduate Program.
Our Graduate programs have many exciting features:
- challenging and rewarding rotations
- clinical supervision (preceptorship) program
- clinical nurse educators, both inpatient and specialty
- individualised attention and support
- generous number of study days
- ongoing education opportunities such as transition programs and postgraduate education options
To apply (positions will open around July 2021)
Please watch this space to see where and how to apply, but normally we will require the following:
- A completed application form (available to download soon).
- A cover letter.
- A résumé, including your contact details, work history, a list of your clinical placements and contact details of three referees (two recent clinical references and one managerial – if that’s not viable, then three most recent clinical references).
- Your academic transcript (verified by a member of the School of Nursing and Midwifery OR certified by an authorised person). NB: a university printout of subjects completed (including the study score) instead of a transcript is sufficient at this stage. We recognise that you won’t have results for all subjects/topics.
- Three of your most recent clinical appraisals. If applying for a specialty or collaborative position, please include the most relevant one in the three you provide (mental health, community, etc).
Nursing Stream, Nursing/Midwifery and Collaborative Nursing Stream applicants will also need to apply online to the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria Nurse Computer Match service: http://computermatching.pmcv.com.au
Mental Health Postgraduate Nurse Program applicants do not need to apply to Nurse Computer Match. You will need to apply online to Latrobe Regional Hospital.
Candidates who are applying privately (ie: candidates who are ineligible to apply through Nurse Computer Match) may still apply online to Latrobe Regional Hospital. Please note though that graduates that are eligible for Computer Match must apply through both PMCV and Latrobe Regional Hospital’s eRecruit platform. If this is not done, then the application cannot be accepted and will not proceed any further. For those who cannot apply for Computer Match (International Graduates, certain visa holders, Registered Nurses who have graduated longer than a year ago, etc) can still apply, but will be consider only during second round offers once PMCV offers have been allocated.
The closing date for applications will be posted here once locked in.
Depending on the recommendations by the State Government and Latrobe Regional Hospital, we could see the information evening provided face to face or over Zoom. Once this is known, the information will be shared on this page. Please keep an eye out for dates.
Need more info?
For more information about the graduate programs, please contact one of the following people:
Nursing and Midwifery Streams (including Enrolled Nurse), Collaborative Programs and the Post-Graduate Mental Health Stream
- The Education Coordinator, Education and Training Unit Tel: (03) 5173 8502
Links for further information
These links will be posted closer to the middle of 2021, please keep an eye out! We’re excited to know you’re considering Latrobe Regional Hospital for your graduate year and look forward to meeting you.