Graduate Nurse Program – Registered Nurse

Program Structure

EGHS Graduate Nurse Program commences in the first week of February and runs for 52 weeks on a minimum 0.8 contract. Participants are entitled to six weeks annual leave (pro-rata).

Number of positions available

  • Six to nine positions each year

The program includes:

  • Three clinical rotations over the year, including Acute care, Aged Care and either Community Nursing or Peri-operative Unit
  • Two-day EGHS orientation, supernumery days at the commencement of each rotation
  • Five study days throughout the year
  • Care of the older person program
  • Clinical Support five days/week

Clinical Support

Clinical Support is provided by the Clinical Support Nurse/Educator and experienced preceptors in each clinical rotation. Clinical Support ensures that the graduate nurse develops their skills and knowledge in a safe and encouraging environment.

Clinical Rotations

Each graduate will have a four month rotation through acute, aged care and either perioperative or district nursing for a further four months.

  • In-patient Unit — 18 bed acute unit covering medical, surgical, paediatric, palliative, midwifery, oncology and Urgent Care Centre.
  • Lowe Street — 45 bed aged care facility
  • Community Nursing— two nurses visit 16-24 clients/day, incorporates hospital in the home, palliative care and hospital at risk program
  • Peri-Operative Unit— two theatres, operates five days/week, six chair dialysis, opthamology, ENT, gynaecology, urology, general, orthopaedic
  • Willaura Hospital – 20 bed aged care facility

Why Choose EGHS?

  • Program is based on current Department of Health & Human Services guidelines and evidence based practice
  • Supportive learning environment
  • Diversity of clinical rotations
  • Graduate Nurse study days
  • Opportunities to network with other rural graduate nurses
  • Access to multiple resources for ongoing professional development
  • Financial support for career progression
  • Corporate uniform provided
  • Free parking
  • Six weeks annual leave during graduate year
  • Café Pyrenees – health food options
  • Salary packaging
  • Close proximity to Grampians, lakes, wine districts and restaurants
  • Easy access to major cities Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne
  • Flexible staff accommodation available


Guidelines for your Application

Applying for your GNP is a 2-step application process:

  1. Ensure you have applied via the Allocation & Placement Service (APS).  For further information, please visit
  2. Apply directly through EGHS through the ‘apply online’ (scroll down)

Please provide:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae including names and contact details of two clinical placement referees
  3. Academic Transcript
  4. Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) – one from 2nd, 3rd and 4th year (if applicable)
  5. Specify what hours you prefer to work (minimum 6 days per fortnight required)

Applying on-line uploading instructions

Three sections to upload documents as follows:

  1. Cover letter and CV (as one document)
  2. ANSATS (copies as one document)
  3. Academic transcript (one document)

Applications close on 30 June.

Interviews will be conducted either face-to-face or via MS Teams (based on individual requirements such as distance or clinical placement)

To arrange an individual site tour and for further information, please contact:

Training & Development Manager (03) 5352 9404 or 


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