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Graduate Nurse Program
Information for 2021 Program
Gippsland Southern Health Service's Graduate Nurse Program is a unique and exciting program, which will give first year Registered Nurses exposure to a diverse range of clinical experiences within a rural health service. Spread over two campuses at Leongatha and Korumburra, and only 20 minutes to the beach or 1.5 hours to Melbourne, avoid the peak hour commute and join us at GSHS. Over the last five years 64% of our Graduates have been employed at GSHS after their Graduate year.
The graduate year is a 52-week contract.
4 positions commencing in February 2020 & 2 positions commencing in May.
Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS) in accordance with the Nurse Computer Match guidelines selects candidates according to the “Candidates Priority List”.
Please forward a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the details of two referees.
Include a short paragraph on why you wish to work in a small rural hospital and what you hope to learn and achieve from this experience. Please also include a colour photograph of yourself and a copy of your most recent clinical appraisal.
The Education Department,
Gippsland Southern Health Service,
Private Bag 13
Graduate Nurse Program
Gippsland Southern Health Service believes that: -
A first year Registered Nurse is able to function in an effective and competent manner when in a supportive clinical environment;
During the first year of clinical practice, a first year Registered Nurse will consolidate their nursing knowledge and apply this knowledge safely in the clinical setting;
As a Registered Nurse, the Graduate is able to identify personal and professional learning needs and set specific objectives to be achieved during the course of the program;
The health service has the responsibility to assist the graduate in achieving their learning objectives by providing guidance and support.
GSHS will be holding a Graduate Information session and tour in May 2021 - date and venue to be advised. Please RSVP by contacting our Education Department ph: 5667 5502 or via e-mail: email@example.com
Introduction to the Graduate Year – expectations, both personal and organisational
Tour of both campuses
Meeting with senior nursing staff
Basic Life Support and ‘No Lift’ manual handling.
Day 2 & 3
First rotation orientation (buddy up shift)
Organisational orientation. This includes mandatory Fire Training and an introduction to organisational programs and service, including presentations by key personnel.
Graduates rotate through all clinical areas at both Korumburra and Leongatha campuses. This includes Medical/Surgical, Residential Care and Operating Suite/Day Surgery. The emphasis will be to provide broad exposure to all aspects of rural nursing.
Staff educators will be available as needed and will facilitate meetings throughout your Grad year. You will be expected to bring your Graduate Nurse Competency Record to each of these meetings. You are required to forward your Preceptor Appraisal, which is completed after each rotation, to the Education Centre.
Professional development leave
All Graduates are allocated paid professional development leave to attend 5 paid study days either on campus with the educators and other specialist staff, or off campus at regionally provided seminars.
You are expected to attend the Deteriorating Patient course which will be held on a date yet to be announced. It is the Graduate’s responsibility to request this date as ‘Professional Development Leave’ when you start your first rotation.
All internal education provided to the Graduates is needs based and developed with the Graduate’s learning needs and objectives considered.
Five weeks annual leave are allocated during the last 6 months of the Grad year. We will consider your requests if specific dates are required.
Graduates will be assessed as follows:-
Learning objectives to be nominated prior to the commencement of each rotation
Competency assessments to be completed during each rotation
Performance appraisal will be attended on the completion of each rotation
Minimum 20 CNE points for ongoing professional development attendance must be demonstrated
For further information please click here to download our Graduate Information booklet.
Click here for the Position Description.
PH: 5667 5502