Find out more on graduate employment from our graduate handbook for nursing and midwifery graduates.
It's your guide to getting your first job in nursing and midwifery as a new graduate.
Graduate nurse and midwife programs support graduates in their first year of practice, providing an environment where they can consolidate and further develop their knowledge, skills and competence. Graduate programs can provide the platform for developing safe, confident and accountable professionals.
A formal graduate program is not mandatory but it is recommended.
Each year the Victorian Government supports over 1300 graduate places in public health services.
In Victoria, a computer match process simplifies the health services graduate nurse appointment process. The electronic system matches the preferences of both the candidates and the health services.
The Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) administers the process of matching. In their third (final) year nursing students are advised about how to participate in the Computer Match.
Not all providers of graduate programs participate in Computer Match
The Graduate program guidelines provide a framework of principles, to assist health services to develop and provide programs that support beginner practitioners to make the transition to professional practice.
Compliance with the guidelines is a requirement for the Training and Development Grant for places for graduate nurses and graduate widwives.
The principles are available for download:
These guidelines may also have application to programs provided for Enrolled Nurses (Division 2) and those nurses being inducted to new or unfamiliar practice areas.
Building upon the findings from the 2012 study, TNS Social Research was commissioned to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for Victorian graduate programs. The development of the framework, which includes a graduate survey, involved extensive consultation with a variety of nursing and midwifery stakeholders.
This framework is one step in the ongoing development of best practice graduate programs for nurses and midwives in Victorian health services. This broad framework allows health services to review, develop and refine their current programs to meet the agreed aim and objectives of state-wide graduate programs. In the coming years the Department will continue to review and enhance the best practice guidelines and support health services to further develop their programs based on evaluation outcomes.
Both the framework and survey are now available for download.
The Victorian Government committed funding to enhance rural midwifery clinical supervision and maternity care. A key focus of this funding includes attracting new midwifery graduates to work in rural and regional Victoria.
In May 2012, the Departments Nursing and Midwifery Policy team commissioned The Royal Women's Hospital to develop a graduate program outline for combined BM/BN graduates. This outline will benefit rural and regional health service who wish to employ combined BM/BN graduates by providing a template for a supportive combined graduate program whilst recognising the particular needs of rural and regional health services.
The graduate program outline for Bachelor of Midwifery/Bachelor of Nursing dual degree graduates is now available for download.
In response to a commitment to develop and implement strategies to increase recruitment and retention of Aboriginal health workers, the department commissioned the St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, to evaluate their current early graduate program, and to determine what is needed to support a new targeted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate nurse program.
This work is new ground for the hospital sector, and a report has been developed through broad consultation with key stakeholders from Australia and New Zealand. St Vincent's Hospital envisage that the document will provide health services with a guide to the main areas required for consideration when establishing a new graduate nurse program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses. St Vincent's Hospital concludes that "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses should have the same access and opportunities to participate in any graduate nurse program. By bringing groups together in a supportive environment all graduate nurses are able to flourish."
The report is now available for download
The final report outlining the findings and lessons learnt is now available for down loading.
Victorian Early Graduate Programs for Nurses and Midwives - Final report (1625kb, pdf)
Victorian Early Graduate Programs for Nurses and Midwives - Appendices (1666kb, pdf)
Early Graduate Nurse Program Guidelines 2009 (164kb, pdf)
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