Registered nurse graduate program

Our program gives you the opportunity to explore exciting high acuity clinical areas such as cardiothoracics, neurosurgery, major plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopaedics and colorectal surgery. We also encourage our graduates to experience nursing in specialty areas such as intensive care, recovery, peri-operative cardiac catheter laboratory and midwifery.

Intake: JANUARY 2021


Who is Eligible for the 2021 program?

The 2021 Registered Nurse Graduate Program is offered to nursing graduates:

  • Who have completed a Bachelor of Nursing Program or equivalent no earlier than 1st June 2020,
  • With less than 6 months working experience as a registered nurse in Australia or overseas,
  • Who are eligible to gain registration as a Registered Nurse with AHPRA ( and will be available to commence the program on Monday 18th January 2021.

Aims of the Program

The overall aim of the program is to facilitate your transition from student to registered nurse. We are completely committed to developing your career and ensuring that your graduate year will be an exciting and rewarding experience.

We recognise that as a nursing student you may have had limited opportunities to explore different clinical areas. Our program is designed to give you these opportunities so that in the future you will have a better understanding of where you would like to focus your nursing career and then consolidate your nursing skills.

Our Program has been designed to:

  • offer you a wide range of rotation options so that you gain comprehensive clinical experience,
  • enable you to use your knowledge to achieve quality patient outcomes,
  • increase your confidence and strengthen your skills base,
  • develop your ability to work independently and as a team member,
  • enhance your decision making and critical thinking skills,
  • allow you to enjoy your nursing career.


2 x 6 month rotations will allow you to enhance decision making skills and critical thinking skills across a broad clinical mix. Graduates have the opportunity to nominate which clinical areas they would like to rotate to and we try very hard to match you with your requests. You do not need to have undergraduate experience in any of the clinical areas.

The program is conducted over four sites (Fitzroy, East Melbourne, Werribee and Kew) and graduates should expect to rotate to different campuses. St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne is a 12 minute walk from St Vincent’s Private Fitzroy through the beautiful Fitzroy gardens and St Vincent’s Private Kew is only 5kms away in Kew. All campuses are easily accessible via public transport.

Rotations may include:

General Ward Rotations

  • Cardiac/Cardiothoracics
  • Thoracics/Haematology/Renal/Palliative Care
  • Colorectal/GIT/Hepaticobiliary
  • Acute Neurosciences (85% acute surgical)
  • Vascular/Orthopaedics/Plastics
  • Neurosciences/Orthopaedics/Urology/Gynaecology
  • Orthopaedics
  • General surgery, Orthopaedics, ENT, Plastics

Speciality Rotations

  • Midwifery (no midwifery experience required)
  • Coronary Care/ Cardiac Services
  • Day Procedure Unit
  • Intensive Care
  • Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit
  • Paediatrics
  • Theatre- Peri-operative & PACU
  • Cardiac & Vascular Catheter Laboratory

Clinical Support

The Education & Development team at St Vincent’s Private Melbourne is a recognised industry leader and plays a significant role in the success of the organisation.

We are proud to offer one of the highest graduate to nurse educator ratios in the state, so you can be confident that you will have the support you need to achieve your goals. All of our education team members are hands on and are willing to assist you.

Our graduates receive extensive clinical support on each rotation. You will be allocated a preceptor, clinical coach and education consultant. Clinical coaches provide hands on bedside clinical support and education in a friendly and supportive manner.

On your first ward rotation you will receive a graduated workload to assist you in the transition to registered nurse. You will receive up to two weeks supernumerary time for speciality rotations.

We offer extensive education programs, including a minimum of 5 paid study days as well as access to ward based education, twilight seminars and short courses.

Application Details

We welcome applications from all universities throughout Australia and New Zealand. You don’t have to have completed a clinical placement with us to apply.

2021 Program

Important Dates

Applications open: Monday 13th July 2020

Applications close: Midday Wednesday 5th August 2020

Interviews: Commence Thursday 6th August 2020



Eligible applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Nursing Program or equivalent no earlier than 1st June 2020.

Local (Victorian) applicants need to register and apply via the Computer Matching service – for information regarding this service, please contact PMCV at

Interstate and New Zealand applicants are welcome to apply directly to the hospital and if selected for an interview, will have the opportunity to attend an interview with applicants who have applied through computer match. We also offer phone interviews. Applications for interstate and New Zealand applicants close on the same date as applications for computer match close- Midday Wednesday 5th August 2020

International applicants (international students who have studied a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent at an Australian university) are welcome to apply directly to the hospital and if selected for an interview, will have the opportunity to attend an interview with applicants who have applied through computer match. Applications for international applicants close on the same date as applications for computer match close – Midday Wednesday 5th August 2020

Intake commences Monday 18th of January 2021. We offer part time positions (7-8 shifts per fortnight).

****Please note : All applicants will be required to register their personal details on our online HR, Workday. Workday will require you to upload a document to complete the registration process, this can be your cover letter and resume. You MUST still supply all of your application documents in HARD COPY***


It is recommended that you start to compile your application so it is ready to submit when applications open

All applications must include:

  • A covering letter
  • Succinct Curriculum Vitae (no more than three pages), with telephone numbers of two professional referees, one of whom must be from an adult acute care placement of two weeks or longer.
  • A certified copy of academic transcript with legend
  • Two certified acute medical or surgical ward clinical assessment tools (eg. ANSAT), of two weeks or longer and either from second or third year placements undertaken in Australia or New Zealand. We do not accept clinical assessment tools from Paediatrics, Emergency, Mental Health, Intensive Care, Theatre or Community nursing placements. We do understand that this may leave you with limited options to send in and therefore depending on the length of your medical or surgical ward placement and with the approval of the RN Graduate Program Coordinator we may accept clinical assessment tools from one of the above listed placements. Please send the entire document, not just the summary. We require every page of the document including notes pages.
  • Passport sized photo
  • We no longer require certified identification
    • international candidates are required to include a photocopy of their passport
    • local students are required to include their PMCV number
  • An email address
  • Registration on Workday:

Certification of Documents

Documents that have been certified by your university must have the following:

The official university stamp identifying the university, and must be signed by a representative from the clinical school.

Documents certified outside the university such as your proof of identity must follow the AHPRA guidelines for document certification which can be found on the AHPRA website

Do not provide photocopies of certified documents as this is not in line with AHPRA Guidelines.

Applications can be sent by post or hand delivered to reception at our Fitzroy site. Please address your application to:

Fleur Gladwell
Registered Nurse Graduate Program Coordinator
St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne
59 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Hand delivered applications can be left at the drop box located at the main entrance to the hospital. You will not have to enter the hospital or be COVID screened.

We require applicants to register with our online HR system-Workday. All documents must then be sent in hard copy.

Applications received via email will not be accepted.

We don’t require you to assemble your application in a particular order and if you wish you can staple or bind your application.

Interview Process

We endeavour to respond to your application within in 48hrs of receiving it. All applications will be opened and reviewed by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

If you have been selected for an interview you will be contacted via telephone. If you have not been selected for an interview you will receive a letter via email. You will have some choice and flexibility when selecting an interview time, the earlier your application is received the more flexibility you will have in selecting a suitable interview time- aim to have your application in at least a week prior to the closing date.

Our interviews will commence on Thursday 6th of August. They will be an individual face to face interview in line with social distancing requirements

We know that you will be nervous so we aim to make your interview experience fun, interactive and enjoyable.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I improve my chances of being selected for an interview?

We know that you have put a lot of time and effort into preparing your application and we will open and review all applications. Please pay particular attention to your spelling and grammar. It is a good idea to get someone to check your application. Make sure you send in all of the required information. Aim to send in your application at least one week prior to the closing date. We will notify you within 48hrs of receiving your application if you have or have not been selected for an interview. We do this so that you have the opportunity to apply to an alternative hospital if your application has been unsuccessful.

Unsuccessful applicants have often sent in incomplete applications, have incorrectly certified documents, have made a number of spelling and grammar errors or have sent in an application intended for another hospital. Unfortunately we will not be able to offer unsuccessful applicants the opportunity to resubmit part or all of their application.

I am happy to answer any questions you have when preparing your application- just call or email me.

Will I get extensive clinical experience as I have heard that private hospital patients are not as acute as public hospital patients?

Our patient mix ensures that you will be able to care for patients who have had highly acute and complex surgical procedures such as open heart surgery, acute interventional cardiac procedures, major orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery, craniotomies and spinal surgery, major abdominal and vascular surgery. We also receive acute admissions from surrounding emergency departments and direct emergency ambulance admissions.

Do nurses at St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne receive the same entitlements as nurses at other hospitals?

Nurses at St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne get paid a minimum of 1% higher than public hospitals, and receive the same annual leave and superannuation entitlements.

What is the nurse patient ratio?

Our priority is to ensure that our patients receive the highest standard of care and our nurse patient ratio is determined by the acuity and complexity of the care required. As a graduate you will work in a team of nurses in a collaborative care model.

What level of Medical support is available to assist me with caring for my patients?

Our Surgeons and Physicians visit patients at least daily (often more) and actively liaise with the nurses looking after their patients. We also uniquely have medical and surgical residents/registrars and after hours onsite HMO’s who are available to assist you with patient care. Our ICU, Cardiac and HDU units are available for patients who need extensive monitoring and support. You will always have access to the support you need to provide high quality care for your patients.

What level of allied health support is available?

Our patients have access to full allied health support such as onsite physiotherapy, dieticians, diabetes educator, social work, stomal therapy, occupational therapy and discharge planning. We also have onsite x-ray departments and pathology. These services also offer great support to nursing staff and are always willing to answer any questions you have regarding their service and also patient care.

Will I have to do night duty?

We only require you to complete a maximum of two weeks night duty during the program.

I have not completed a clinical placement with you- will this affect my application?

We welcome applications from all universities and it does not matter if you have not had the opportunity to have a placement with us.

Do I get to nominate which clinical areas I go to as part of the graduate program?

Yes. At interview you will fill out your preferences for which intake you would like to go into and which clinical areas you would like to rotate through. Every effort will be made to ensure your rotations match your preferences however some areas are more popular than others. We never send any graduate to an area that they have ranked in the lower half of preference lists. Graduates are encouraged to rotate into a specialty area as part of the program. All graduate rotations are to acute care areas, we do not offer rotations to aged care or rehabilitation.

What options are available at the end of my graduate program?

All of our RN graduates are employed on a permanent ongoing contract. Upon completion of the program you may have the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical areas, including specialty areas or to further extend yourself with post graduate studies.

For more Information

Should you require clarification regarding application or further information about the program please contact:

Fleur Gladwell
Registered Nurse Graduate Program Coordinator
St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne
59 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy Vic 3065

Phone: (03) 9411 7763