Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Programs

Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Programs

Bendigo Health offers a range of Graduate Programs designed to support your development from student to registered nurse or midwife. Each program includes a comprehensive induction and orientation, supernumerary time, supported learning and development opportunities/study days, debriefing and clinical support. See below for the great range of graduate programs on offer at Bendigo Health.

How to apply

Application process

 Registered Nursing/ Registered Midwifery Graduate Programs

Step One

  • You will need to register to participate in the GNMP Match via the Allocation and Placement Service (APS) Website (https://allocations.pmcv.com.au)
  • Select Bendigo Health in your health service preferences
  • Nominate 2 referees
  • You can do this from Monday 7 June 2021 to Friday 9 July 2021

 

Step Two

  • You will need to register to apply for positions at Bendigo Health via our online recruitment system which is available by clicking here
  • Once registered you can apply for the Graduate Nursing and Graduate Midwifery position at Bendigo Health for 2022 that interests you
  • You can do this from Monday 7 June 2021 to Friday 9 July 2021

In 2022 we will have the following Graduate Nursing and Midwifery positions available:

  • Graduate Registered Midwifery Program 2021 – Midwifery Stream (2 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing/ Registered Midwifery Program 2021 – RN/RM Stream (6 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing Program 2021 – Perioperative/Perianaesthetic Stream (6 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing Program 2021 – Mental Health Stream (15 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing Program 2021 – Aged Care Stream (8 positions)
  • Graduate Registered Nursing Program 2021 – Blended Stream (50 positions)

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program

Step One

  • You will need to register to apply for positions at Bendigo Health via our online recruitment system which is available by clicking here

  • Once registered you can apply for the Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program 2022. Please note – you do not have to register with the Allocations and Placements (APS) GNMP Match process to apply for this position.

  • Intakes for this program commence in May and November each year. Applications open in February  and August.

Midwifery Graduate Program

Midwifery

Bendigo Health Women's and Children's Services offer a 12 month midwifery graduate program to support newly qualified midwives to consolidate their knowledge and skills in caring for women and babies throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal journey. 

The graduate year is supported by the midwifery education team, the broader midwifery group and the medical team within the service.  

Graduates participating in this program gain confidence, feel a genuine part of our multidisciplinary team and develop competence as a midwife at the end of their graduate year. Graduate midwives are offered structured study days throughout the year to consolidate their theoretical foundation in midwifery. 

For more information contact:  [email protected]

FAQs

Do I get to rotate through the different areas in maternity?
Yes. You will rotate through antenatal clinic, Birthing Suite, Special Care Nursery, Women’s Ward and midwifery home care. The amount of time you spend in each area will vary.

When does the Graduate year commence?
Your graduate year will commence on Monday 14 February 2022 and runs over a 12 month period.

How many Graduate positions are available?
There will be two graduate positions available in 2022.

How much support will I receive during my graduate year?
All graduate midwives at Bendigo Health are well supported as you make your transition to a registered midwife. There are two clinical support midwives, two midwifery educators and one special care nurse educator that will support you during your graduate year. You will also receive lots of support from the staff in your area. This includes managers, acting midwifery managers, clinical specialists, nurses, midwives, doctors and the multidisciplinary team. You will also be allocated a mentor at the commencement of your graduate year to provide you with extra support.

How many study days are there?
You will attend compulsory study days relevant to midwifery. The total number of days are to be finalised for 2022, but will include orientation, FSEP, neoResus and PROMPT. These are paid days and are included in your rostered hours. 

Am I employed part time?
Yes you are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight shifts (64 hours) per fortnight.
Annual leave is five weeks and should be taken throughout the 12 month period.

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?
You will work a combination of day, evening, night, weekday, weekend and public holiday shifts. Shift times are as follows:

Birthing Suite/Women’s Ward/Special Care Nursery: AM 0700-1500 / PM 1330-2200 / ND 2130-0730
Antenatal clinic: 0830-1700
Midwifery home care: 0800-1630  

When will interviews be conducted for the Registered Midwife Graduate program?
The planned dates for interviews for the 2022 graduate midwife program will be conducted during August. Interviews will either be via video or face to face, depending on COVID-19 restrictions at the time. This will be confirmed closer to the date.

Helpful information

Key Dates

PMVC Key Dates

BH Information session – Dates to be published

BH applications open for all graduate registered nursing and midwifery positions – Monday 7 June

BH applications close –  Friday 9 July

PMCV closing date for change of preference – Wednesday 15 September

Allocations and Placement match results available – Monday 4 October

Shortlisting and interview process – Monday 9 November – Friday 20 November

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program – Direct applications to Bendigo Health open August 2021 and February 2022

Useful Links

2022 Graduate programs information session

Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Virtual Expo
Coming soon...

International students

All applicants for graduate nursing and midwifery programs (with the exception of Aged Care) must be registered with the PMCV Allocation and Placement process.

Bendigo Health does welcome direct applications from international students for the Graduate Nursing Program - Aged Care stream. Applicants must hold a relevant VISA with full working rights for the duration of the graduate program.

Applications are to be made online at Bendigo Health careers and are required to submit all requested documents. Applications will be considered in conjunction with applications registered with PMCV.

Should there be any unmatched positions at Bendigo Health, these will be advertised from 15 October, 2021, on the PMCV Allocation and Placement website.

Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program

Aged Care

Providing an exceptional opportunity in gerontological nursing, a specialty Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program is offered at Bendigo Health.  The 12 month program offers two six month rotations in residential aged care facilities.  

During the program, graduates will study two Bendigo Health accredited subjects (one per semester) that provide credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Gerontological Nursing (Australian Catholic University – (ACU)).  To be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Gerontological Nursing with ACU, you will need to complete two more subjects during your second year of practice. 

This program assists in building your specialised knowledge and skills of gerontological nursing, whilst being supported by Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators to consolidate your professional practice. Support is also provided by the nurse unit managers, clinical managers, nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

Graduates work 0.8 EFT during the program and are offered ongoing contracts with Bendigo Health upon successful completion of the graduate program.

For more information please contact the Nursing Education Transition Programs team [email protected]

FAQs

When does the Graduate year commence?
The 2021 Graduate Nurse Program will commence on Monday 1 February 2021.

How many positions do you offer?
We offer eight positions in the Aged Care program.

How many clinical rotations do you offer?
We offer two clinical rotations. Each rotation is six months in duration. The aim of providing two rotations is to give each graduate the opportunity to experience and learn in two different residential aged care facilities.

Can you explain a bit more about the course?
The course is run in affiliation with the Australian Catholic University (ACU).  During the first year (your graduate year), you will study two subjects (one each semester) with Bendigo Health.  This means that you will be working and studying at the same time during your graduate program.

During your second year of nursing practice, you can complete the remaining two online subjects with ACU. You will then have completed all four subjects to be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Gerontology).

For further information about the course please contact Margaret Mweemba (Nurse Educator Transition Programs – Aged Care) by emailing [email protected] or by phoning 0419 447 629.

What is the delivery mode of the course?
The course has a blended delivery and includes face-to-face study days and self-directed online learning.

How many professional study days do you offer?
We offer eight onsite, compulsory and paid study days for the Gerontology Course. You will also attend other paid graduate nursing study days.

How many hours do I need to spend for my study?
Approximately eight hours per week.

Am I employed part time?
Yes you are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight shifts (64hrs) a fortnight, this is to assist with having enough time to complete the course requirements.

What shifts do I work during the Graduate Program?
You will work a combination of morning, evening, weekday, weekend and public holiday shifts.  As a graduate nurse, you are not required to work night shifts.

How much support will I receive during my Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program?
We offer a variety of support to our Aged Care Graduate Nurses in addition to the Graduate Nurse Program. We provide support through our dedicated and professional health care team.  This includes the Director of Nursing, Nurse Unit Managers, Clinical Managers, Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Allied Health.  You are also guided by the Nursing Educational team that includes the Nurse Educators and Clinical Support Nurses.

Our Graduate Support Program provides Formal and Informal assistance including regular face to face meetings, informal chats and supervision, group debriefing and education sessions.

When will interviews be conducted for the Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program?
The interviews will be conducted in August 2021.  You will be notified of the date and time.  The interviews will be either face to face or via video depending on COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

Blended Stream Graduate Nurse Program

Blended Stream

The Blended Stream Graduate Program provides an opportunity for graduate registered nurses to experience a mix of acuity and diversity across settings by undertaking two six month rotations. The options available for rotation include: 

• Medical - cardiac/oncology
• Medical - renal/stroke 
• Surgical – general
• Surgical – surgical observation unit
• Orthopaedics
• Emergency 
• Cancer Services
• Day of Surgery Admission
• Cardiac Catheter Laboratory
• Rehabilitation - stroke/neurological
• Rehabilitation - orthopaedic and amputee
• Aged Care
• Dementia Care (Simpkin House)
• Mental Health - acute adult unit
• Community Nursing Service
• Specialist Palliative Care Unit
• Specialist’s clinics
• Children's Ward
• Short Stay Observational Unit

Recognising the important role nurses play in all settings, graduates are provided with guides and opportunities to develop and consolidate knowledge and skills that are both unique and transferable to any area of nursing practice, laying strong foundations for career progression beyond the graduate year. 

During the graduate program you will work 0.8 EFT. Support is provided by the nursing education transition programs team, clinical support nurses, nurse unit managers and nursing and interprofessional colleagues. On successful completion of the program, graduates are employed in an ongoing capacity within the organisation.

For more information please contact the Nursing Education Transition Programs team [email protected] or telephone 03 5454 7828.

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?
You will have two rotations of six months each. These areas include acute and subacute inpatient, community, residential aged care and mental health.

As a part of the application process, you will be asked to submit your preferences for rotations. Although we can’t guarantee everyone’s choices, we provide all graduates with a well-balanced program with different rotation experiences. In 2021, all graduates that submitted their preferences received at least one of their top four preferences.

When does the Blended Stream Graduate year commence?
The 2021 Blended Stream Graduate Nursing program has three intakes. These intakes commence on Monday 31 January 2022, Monday 28 February 2022 and Monday 9 May 2022.

How many Graduate positions are available?
There will be 50 graduate nursing positions available in the 2022 Blended Stream program.

How much support will I receive during the Blended Stream Graduate program?
All graduate nurses at Bendigo Health are well supported as you make your transition as a registered nurse. There are a team of Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators that will support you during your graduate year. You will also receive support from the wonderful and supportive staff around you in your area – NUMs, ANUMs, CNSs, RNs, ENs and the multidisciplinary team.

How much supernumerary time will I receive?
You will have supernumerary time at the start of each rotation – the time for this differs between clinical areas, but at a minimum you will receive four days for rotation one and two days for rotation two.

How many study days are there?
There are eight compulsory study days, four per rotation in the Blended Stream graduate program. These are paid days and are included in your rostered hours. 

Am I employed part time?
Yes. You are employed 0.8FTE which means you work 8 shifts (64hrs) per fortnight.  

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?
Nursing is a 24/7 career, so depending on the rotation, you will work a combination of day, evening, night, weekend and public holiday shifts. Some rotations are Monday to Friday only.

When will interviews be conducted for the Blended Stream Graduate program?
The planned dates for interviews for the 2022 Blended Stream Graduate program will be conducted during August. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, it is anticipated that all interviews will be conducted online. This will be confirmed closer to the time.

Perioperative and Perianaesthetic Graduate Nursing Program

Perioperative and Perianaesthetic

Providing a unique opportunity in perioperative and perianaesthetic nursing, a specialty Interventional Suite Graduate Nurse Program is offered at Bendigo Health.  The 12 month program offers two six month rotations in Theatre (scrub/scout) and Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA) or Anaesthetics and Recovery.  Graduates concurrently study a single postgraduate subject relevant to their first clinical rotation. This subject receives university credit towards postgraduate qualifications. This assists in building specialised knowledge of perioperative or perianaesthetic nursing, whilst being supported by Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators to consolidate and build your nursing skills.

Graduates work 0.84 EFT (66.5hrs per fortnight) during the program and are offered ongoing contracts with Bendigo Health upon successful completion of the graduate program. Support is provided by the nursing education team, clinical support nurses, nurse unit managers, and nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

For more information please contact the Nursing Education Transition Programs team [email protected] or telephone 03 5454 7828

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?

There are two rotations of six months each. Rotations are ‘coupled’ according to the specialty area that graduates are successful in gaining.

DOSA (Day of Surgery Admissions) is linked with Perioperative specialty (operating theatres, scrubbing and scouting roles)

Perianaesthetics is linked with PACU (Post Anaesthetic Care Unit) care of patients.

When does the Graduate year commence?

The 2022 graduate program will commence on Monday 31 January 2022.

How much support will I receive during the Graduate program?

All perioperative and perianaesthetic graduate nurses (including nurses doing a blended rotation) will be assigned a preceptor and will also be supported by the education team including Clinical Support Nurses and Clinical Nurse Educators.

Additionally there are always supportive staff and managers on each rotation.

Bendigo Health also has a wonderful staff support program.

How many study days are there?

There are six. These are paid days and are included in your rostered hours. 

Do I have to enrol into a university course during the Graduate Program?

No, this is not compulsory, however is an option you may take up. It involves undertaking one unit for foundational learning relevant to work in the Interventional Suite area of practice, with Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Am I employed part time?

Yes you are employed 66.5hrs per fortnight which means you work seven shifts a fortnight, this is to assist with having enough time to complete the university requirements.

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?

As a Graduate Nurse in Interventional Suite, you will work day time hours of slight variation depending on the particular area, Monday to Friday. No evening shifts, night duty or weekends.

When will interviews be conducted for the Perioperative/Perianaesthetic Graduate program?

Dates for interviews for the 2022 Perioperative/Perianaesthetics Graduate program are to be confirmed due to COVID-19 restrictions currently. This will be confirmed closer to the date.

 

 

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program

Providing a unique opportunity in nursing, a graduate program for Enrolled Nurses is offered at Bendigo Health.  The 6 month program offers the opportunity to work in residential aged care, dementia care, mental health or inpatient rehabilitation.  

While working 0.8 EFT, the program offers you the opportunity to consolidate nursing theory and practice. You are supported by the nursing education transition programs team, clinical support nurses, nurse unit managers and nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

On successful completion of the program, graduates are offered ongoing employment at Bendigo Health.  

For more information please contact the Nursing Education Transition Programs team [email protected]

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?
You will be employed in a single area for six months. These areas include residential aged care, dementia care, mental health and inpatient rehabilitation.

When does the Enrolled Nurse Graduate year commence?
The next intake of the Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program will commence on Monday May 10th, 2021. A second intake will be available later in the year with these positions expected to be advertised in August 2021.

How many Graduate positions are available?
There will be twelve Enrolled Nurse Graduate positions available in the 2021 program.

How much support will I receive during the Enrolled Nurse Graduate program?
All graduate nurses at Bendigo Health are well supported as you make your transition to nursing. There are a team of Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators that will support you during your graduate year. You will also receive support from the wonderful and supportive staff around you in your area – NUMs, ANUMs, CNSs, RNs, ENs and the multidisciplinary team.

How much supernumerary time will I receive?
Supernumerary time may differ between clinical areas, however you will receive a minimum of four days supernumerary time at the commencement the Graduate Program.

How many study days are there?
During 2020 there were five compulsory paid study days across the six month program. Study days are paid days and are included in your rostered hours.

Am I employed part time?
Yes. You are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight shifts (64hrs) per fortnight.  

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?
Nursing is a 24/7 career, so depending on the rotation, you will work a combination of day, evening, weekday, weekend and public holiday shifts. Graduate Enrolled Nurses do not work nights. 

When will interviews be conducted for the Enrolled Nursing Graduate program?
The planned dates for interviews for the 2021 Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program will be conducted during March 2021. It is anticipated that all interviews will be conducted online. This will be confirmed closer to the time.

Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife Graduate Program

Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife

Bendigo Health offers a combined Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife graduate program.

This program is specially designed to support the transition of dual registered graduates as they transition into the roles of nurse and midwife at Bendigo Health.  Graduates will experience two six month rotations in nursing and midwifery to provide the opportunity to explore and develop in each profession.

The midwifery rotation will focus on the consolidation of knowledge and skills in caring for women and babies throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal journey. The nursing rotation will focus on the consolidation of knowledge and skills in caring for either neonatal or adult inpatients in an acute clinical setting.

Graduates will be supported by the nursing and midwifery education teams and clinical support staff, as well as the broader departmental teams.  Study days during each rotation will provide the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills.  

On successful completion of the program, graduates are employed in an ongoing capacity within the organisation.

For more information please contact the Nursing Education Transition Programs team [email protected] or telephone 03 5454 7828.

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?

You will have two rotations of six months each.

Within your midwifery rotation you will focus on the consolidation of knowledge and skills in caring for women and babies throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal journey. The nursing rotation will focus on the consolidation of knowledge and skills in caring for adult inpatients in an acute clinical setting.

When does the RN/RM graduate year commence?

Graduates in this program will commence on either Monday 31 January, 2022, or Monday 14 February, 2022. The start date is dependent upon your first rotation. There may be some variation if commencing on the midwifery rotation first.

How many graduate positions are available?

There are six graduate positions available in this program.

How much support will I receive during the RN/RM graduate program?

Graduates will be supported by the nursing and midwifery education teams and clinical support staff, as well as the broader departmental teams.  Study days during each rotation will provide the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills.  

How much supernumerary time will I receive?

Supernumerary time may differ between clinical areas, however you will receive a minimum of four days supernumerary time at the commencement the Graduate Program.

How many study days are there?

You will attend a range of paid study days relevant to each of your rotations. These include orientation, Foetal Surveillance Education Program, NeoResus and PROMPT (obstetric emergencies), and A-E assessment/deteriorating patient simulation day, resilience and self-care and undertake a quality improvement research project.

Am I employed part time?

Yes. You are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight shifts (64hrs) per fortnight.  

What shifts do I work during the graduate program?

Nursing and Midwifery is a 24/7 career, so depending on the rotation, you will work a combination of day, evening, weekday, weekend and public holiday shifts. 

When will interviews be conducted for the RN/RM graduate program?

The planned dates for interviews for the 2022 RN/RM Graduate program will be conducted during August. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, it is anticipated that all interviews will be conducted online. This will be confirmed closer to the time.

Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Mental Health

Bendigo Health Mental Health Services provides Parent and Infant, Adult and Older Persons Inpatient services and Child and Adolescent, Youth, Adult and Older Persons community mental health services. 

The aim of the Mental Health Graduate program is to facilitate the transition from student to registered nurse within a supportive environment, offering opportunity for clinical experience and professional development in Mental Health. The program encourages consolidation of mental health nursing skills and knowledge within a holistic framework of nursing practice. 

Each graduate is employed at 0.8EFT and offered three, four month clinical rotations in either Youth, Adult, Older Person In-patient or Community mental health settings. Our Mental Health Graduate Program requires Graduates to enrol into the Master of Mental health and also attracts credit towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health exit point at Latrobe University. The theoretical material for these subjects is incorporated throughout the 12 study days during the Mental Health Graduate year.  

For more information contact: Mental Health Professional Development Unit (MHPDU) on (03) 5454 7612

Click here for the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program brochure.

FAQs

How many rotations do you get and do I get to choose where I go?

There are three rotations of four months each divided up between inpatient and community teams. Once we know who our Graduates are we get them to choose their top three preferences for rotations. Although we can’t guarantee everyone’s choices, normally each Graduate gets some of their preferences.

When does the Graduate year commence?

The 2021 Graduate program will commence on Monday 1 February 2021.

How many Graduate positions are available?

There will be 15 Graduate positions available in 2021.

How much support will I receive during the Mental Health Graduate program?

All Mental Health Graduate nurses (including Blended stream nurses doing the Mental Health rotation) will be assigned a Clinical Supervisor, a Preceptor and will also attend Group Clinical Supervision at the start of each study day. Plus there are always supportive staff and managers on each rotation. Bendigo Health also has a wonderful staff support program.

How many study days are there?

There are 12 compulsory study days, one on the third Tuesday of every month. These are paid days and are included in your rostered hours. 

Do I have to enrol into a university course during the Mental Health Graduate Program?

Yes you will enrol into the Master of Mental Health course at LaTrobe University. Credit points are obtained for participation in the Graduate program.

Am I employed part time?

Yes you are employed 0.8FTE which means you work eight days a fortnight, this is to assist with having enough time to complete the university requirements.

What shifts do I work during the Graduate program?

Depending on the rotation, you will work a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts, you are not required to work night shift during the Graduate year. Some community rotations are Monday to Friday.

When will interviews be conducted for the Mental Health Graduate program?

The planned dates for interviews for the 2021 Mental Health Graduate program will be conducted on August 19, 20 and 21.. Interviews will either be via video or face to face depending on COVID19 restrictions at the time, this will be confirmed closer to the date.

Which Graduate program do I apply to do a mixture of general nurse and mental health nurse rotations?

You would apply through the General Blended Stream Graduate program and in your cover letter you would state that you would like to be considered for the Mental Health rotation (6 months). There are only two positions available for this Mental Health rotation one in the first half of the year and one in the second.

If I am chosen to do a mental health blended stream rotation do I get to attend the Mental Health Graduate program study days?

Yes you do, the paid study days are on the third Tuesday of every month and you will attend the ones that fall during your rotation. You are not required to enrol in the Master of Mental Health course with La Trobe.