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. Each program includes a comprehensive induction and orientation, supernumerary time, supported learning and development opportunities/study days, debriefing and clinical support. See below the range of graduate programs on offer at Bendigo Health.

How to apply

Application process

All interested applicants can register their details on the Bendigo Health eRecruit system now, click here to sign up now.  As your preferred program positions are advertised, you will receive notification via email. Applications open on June 10, 2019, for the 2020 programs participating in PMCV computer match.

Computer Match – Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria

Bendigo Health participates in the Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria Computer Match (PMCV) process for the Blended stream, Mental Health, Neonatal/Paediatric, Interventional Suite, Aged Care and combined Nursing/Midwifery graduate programs.

Please refer to the PMCV website for eligibility criteria, registration, application requirements and key dates.
Applications to your preferred programs are made directly to Bendigo Health via eRecruit. Please read the Position Description and Application Requirements carefully as each program will require submission of specific information.
Applicants who do not qualify for computer match can apply directly to eRecruit.  Please note your ineligibility for PMCV in your Application Letter.

Midwifery and Enrolled Graduate Nurse Programs

PMCV is not used for the Graduate Midwifery and Graduate Enrolled Nurse Programs. Please apply directly to the eRecruit position and follow the advertised position instructions. 

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]

Helpful information

Key Dates

• Bendigo Health Information Session: 30 May 2019                        
• Bendigo Health applications open date: 10 June 2019
• Bendigo Health applications close date: 19 July 2019
• Shortlisting process: 22 July - 2 August 2019
• Notifications of interviews: 5 - 8 August 2018 (approximate)                  
• Interviews: Interviews for all graduate programs to commence in August. Applicants shortlisted for interview will be notified of interview appointment date.
• Reference checking: 2 - 13 September 2019

• PMCV closing date for candidates to withdraw or alter preferences: 13 September 2019
• Computer Match results available to eligible applicants: 9 October 2019

Useful Links

2020 Graduate programs information session

Nursing and midwifery students are invited to attend the Bendigo Health 2020 Graduate Programs information session. The session will include presentations on each of the programs offered in 2020, as well as application requirements. Click here to book your ticket.

Neonatal and Paediatric Graduate Nurse Program

Neonatal and Paediatric

The neonatal and paediatric graduate nurse program at Bendigo Health is a specialty program for new nurses with a passion for caring for babies, infants, children and their families. Graduates spend six months in the Special Care Nursery (SCN) and six months in the Children’s ward allowing for consolidation and advancement of knowledge and skills in neonatal and paediatric nursing.

The SCN is a designated high dependency level 4 unit, providing care to neonates born as early as 32 weeks gestation, stabilising neonates requiring more complex care prior to transfer to a neonatal intensive care unit and providing ongoing management for infants no longer requiring tertiary care. 

The Children’s ward delivers nursing care for children of all ages, from infants to adolescents, for a large variety of medical, and surgical conditions, be that acute, chronic or complex. 

Graduates are employed at 0.8 EFT during the program. Support is provided by the nursing education team, 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.

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
• Medical - oncology/renal 
• Surgical – general
• Surgical – short stay observation
• Orthopaedics
• Emergency 
• Children’s ward
• Day of Surgery Admission
• Cardiac Catheter Laboratory
• Rehabilitation - stroke/neuro
• Rehabilitation - orthopaedic and amputee
• Aged Care
• Dementia Care (Simpkin House)
• Psychiatry - acute adult unit
• Community Nursing Service
• Hospice 
• Specialist’s clinics. 

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.

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.  

Graduates concurrently study BH’s long-standing Contextual Care of Older People (formerly the Certificate of Gerontological Nursing). This course receives university credit towards postgraduate qualifications. This 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.

Graduates work 0.8 EFT 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, nurse unit managers and nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

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

Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program

Enrolled Nurse

Providing a unique opportunity in nursing, a graduate program for Enrolled Nurses is offered at Bendigo Health.  The 12 month program offers two six month rotations with opportunities in residential aged care, dementia care and mental health.  

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]

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 anaesthetics/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

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.

Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife Graduate Program

Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife

New to Bendigo Health in 2020 is the 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 6 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 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.