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The program

Aim of Graduate Nurse Program   

To facilitate the development of the graduate to become a competent nurse practitioner. This includes socialisation processes for the development of professional relationships and the delivery of safe patient care. 

Length of course

The program is full-time for 52 weeks including 6 weeks annual leave. Applications close on Friday 9 July, 2021 and the program will commence on Monday 14 February 2022. Click here to learn more about the application process.

Clinical rotations

The following areas are used for clinical placement for all graduates;

  • Ward 8 (ophthalmology and ENT beds)
  • Surgical Admissions and Recovery
  • Operating Theatre Suite /Day Surgery Facility
  • Emergency Department
  • Specialist Clinics

Clinical support

Orientation: When you start your employment at the Eye and Ear you will attend a comprehensive orientation program, which includes a nursing program followed by a general hospital orientation.

Supernumerary: In each clinical area you will be supernumerary for a specific period based on both your needs and those of the clinical area.

Clinical support: The Eye and Ear has a long history of supporting new staff. When you start in clinical areas you will be ‘buddied’ up with a nurse familiar with the learning needs of the new graduate. In addition to our nurse educators, we have very experienced nurses in all our clinical areas, who are always willing to assist new staff.

Learning and development opportunities

The graduate program offers significant opportunities for learning:

  • A comprehensive one week orientation program followed by 5 full study days scheduled throughout the year.
  • All study days involve presentations and discussion incorporating professional development and clinical nursing. 
  • An extensive online education program. This includes mandatory learning activities for all nursing staff, consisting of both learning modules and practical assessment.
  • Regular In-service sessions.

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