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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.

Program structure



The graduate year is a 52-week contract.



0.8 EFT


Intake numbers:   

4 positions commencing in February 2020 & 2 positions commencing in May.


Selection process

Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS) in accordance with the Nurse Computer Match guidelines selects candidates according to the “Candidates Priority List”.


Application process

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

         Leongatha. 3953


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.


Information session

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:



Day 1         

  • 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)

Day 4

Organisational orientation. This includes mandatory Fire Training and an introduction to organisational programs and service, including presentations by key personnel.


Clinical rotations

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.


Graduate support

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.


Annual Leave

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


Further Information

For further information please click here to download our Graduate Information booklet.

Click here for the Position Description.



Staff Education


PH: 5667 5502