Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about Monash Health’s Graduate Program.

Program Structure

Do I get to choose the Monash Health site where I undertake my rotations?

No, Nursing Graduates are not able to select site preferences, unless they request and are a granted an alternative pathway. Graduates are allocated to sites by the Graduate Program Managers.

The Guaranteed Rotation to Preference Sites is the alternative pathway for Graduates who wish to prioritise location over specialty preference. Graduates are able to nominate a preferred site grouping and will be allocated to those sites for both rotations. Specialty preferences for Graduates in this pathway are considered but not guaranteed. For the site groupings available, please refer to the Nursing Streams page.

If you would like to request this pathway, please ensure you tick the box in Section 9 ‘Stream Rules and Preferences’ of your Monash Health Graduate Program Application Template. This pathway is open to Graduates in the Acute Care, Complex Care and Midyear Streams.

Midwifery and Double Degree Graduates are asked to rank the maternity sites in order of preference and are allocated to a midwifery team at one site for the duration of their Graduate Program. While we endeavour to accommodate first or second site preferences for Midwifery and Double Degree Graduates, we do not guarantee that you will be placed at your preferred site.

Would I have the option to complete an Honours program during my graduate year?

Yes. We encourage our graduates to grow their career and further their knowledge by undertaking an Honours program if they wish to do so.

How many study days are provided during the program?

All Graduates complete a minimum of 5 study days which includes an extensive orientation and specialty study days relevant to their ward area. Some specialty wards may provide additional study days depending on the operational needs of the area.

How many supernumerary days do Graduates get in each rotation?

Graduates receive a minimum of 2 supernumerary days in each rotation. However, some areas will provide additional supernumerary time depending on the orientation requirements of the ward/specialty.

Do you offer support to Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Program applicants?

Yes. Monash Health offers a pathway and dedicated support for Aboriginal Nurses and Midwives. Applicants must still register through PMCV APS and submit an application to the Graduate Program job advertisements via Monash Health eRecruit system.

As a Graduate, am I able to choose the shifts I want to work?

All Monash Health Graduates are required to work a rotating roster, which includes morning, afternoon and night shifts across all days of the week, including weekends and public holidays.

Many wards allow Graduates to request shifts but requests are not guaranteed. This process is managed by the Unit Manager in charge of the ward the Graduate is allocated to for their rotation.

What is the minimum number of hours I can work in my Graduate year?

Monash Health Graduates are contracted to a minimum of 0.84EFT (64 hours per fortnight).

What are my options for ongoing employment after completing the Graduate year?

In the last months of the program, Graduates at Monash Health may choose to apply to jobs within their preferred ward areas or specialties to obtain ongoing employment post their Graduate year.

If the Graduate does not obtain a position, or does not wish to apply to a specific ward or specialty, the Graduate is automatically granted ongoing employment in Monash Health Bureau Pool at the end of their Graduate year. Graduates are then able to continue to apply directly to ward areas whilst working in Monash Health Bureau Pool if they wish to do so.

Streams and Specialties

How many graduate positions are there in each stream?

The following table contains approximate position numbers for each stream.

StreamApprox. position #
Acute Care150
Complex Care150
Monash Children’s 60
Midyear Nursing120
Mental Health Nursing30
Midwifery & Double Degree60
Midyear Midwifery & Double Degree6

What is the difference between the Acute Care and Complex Care Nursing streams?

In the Acute Care stream graduates will be granted one rotation from selected preferences (unless they are accepted into an alternative pathway) from a range of clinical area options including:

  • Acute Surgical
  • Acute Medical
  • Oncology, Haematology and Palliative Care (includes Chemotherapy Day Unit)
  • Gastrosciences
  • Rehabilitation and Residential Care
  • Vascular and Plastics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Renal/Nephrology
  • Paediatrics/Newborn Services
  • Specialty Outpatients (includes Outpatients, Clinical Trials Centre and Infusion Centre/MTU)
  • Day Treatment Units (including Day Treatment Centre, Day Procedure Unit or Day Surgery)

Graduates in the Complex Care stream will be granted one rotation from selected preferences (unless they are accepted into an alternative pathway) from a range of clinical area options including:

  • Cardiac (including Cardiac Care Unit, Cath Lab and Cardiothoracics)
  • Peri-operative (Adult Theatres or Endoscopy)
  • Emergency
  • Haemodialysis
  • Neurosciences (including Neurology and Neurosurgery)
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Residential Aged Care and Rehabilitation

Graduates may rotate to their preference area in either their first or second clinical rotation. For their other rotation, the graduate may be placed in any clinical area across Monash Health.

Can applicants in the Midyear stream nominate specialty preference areas?

Yes. In the Graduate Program Application Template applicants for the Midyear stream are able to nominate four preference areas from all specialties available at Monash Health. However, while we endeavour to accommodate preferences, we are not able to guarantee rotations into preference areas for Midyear Graduates.

What are my options if I want to do paediatrics in my Graduate year?

Applicants who wish to pursue a career in paediatrics may apply to either:

  • The Monash Children’s Hospital Stream which offers both Graduate Program rotations in paediatric/newborn settings
  • The Acute Care Stream, which offers applicant paediatrics/newborn as one option for their four specialty preference areas. This option would be preferable for applicants who do not wish to complete both of their rotations in paediatrics. Please note that if you nominate paediatrics in the acute care stream, it is considered one of your four preferences, it is not guaranteed that you will rotate to paediatrics.

Please note paediatric/newborn rotations are not offered within the Complex Care stream.

Do you offer adult Intensive Care as a specialty preference option?

No, Graduates at Monash Health do not rotate through the adult Intensive Care Units. Graduates in the Monash Children’s Hospital Stream may rotate through the Paediatric or Newborn Intensive Care Units.

I want to do an Aged Care/Rehabilitation specialty Graduate Program. What are my options?

For Graduates who wish to pursue a career in Subacute or Aged Care nursing, Monash Health offers the Caring for the Aged in Residential and Subacute Settings (CAReS) Alternative Pathway.

CARes is an alternative pathway which allows Graduates to complete their full 12 month Graduate Program in subacute/aged care areas. Graduates who are granted this pathway complete one rotation in a GEM/rehabilitation area and one rotation in a Residential Aged Care setting.

If you would like to request this pathway, please ensure you tick the box in Section 9 ‘Stream Rules and Preferences’ of your Monash Health Graduate Program Application Template. This pathway is open to Graduates in the Acute Care, Complex Care and Midyear Streams.

Alternatively, Aged Care and Rehabilitation is also a specialty preference option in the Acute Care, Complex Care and Midyear streams.

Applications

Can I apply for more than one Monash Health Graduate Program stream?

Yes, applicants may apply to multiple Monash Health Program Nursing, Midwifery or Double Degree streams.

If you select multiple streams including Monash Children’s please apply to both relevant job ads using the same completed template (answers do not need to vary between applications).

If I apply to multiple streams (i.e. Acute Care and Complex Care), will this take up multiple spaces in my PMCV?

Yes, each stream you apply for will take up one space in your PMCV preference list. For more information, please visit the PMCV website at https://www.pmcv.com.au/aps/content/match/76

My placements have been delayed/cancelled due to COVID-19 and I only have second year clinical appraisals, a mental health placement or community placement appraisal available. Can I use these in my application?

Yes, we advise that you submit the two most recent appraisals with your application to ensure you have a complete application lodged to the job advertisement by the closing date. When your third year or acute appraisals become available, you can submit them to graduaterecruitment@monashhealth.org so that they can be added to your application.

Do you require both formative/interim and summative/final appraisals?

We advise applicants to submit summative appraisals only. However, if you undertook a split placement where your formative appraisal was completed in one ward area/organisation and the summative appraisal was completed in a different ward area/organisation, we would accept both of those appraisals as part of your application.

I have never done a placement at Monash Health, will this affect my application?

No. Monash Health welcomes applications from all eligible candidates.

I am not finishing my degree until mid 2022. Should I wait until next year to apply for August 2022 graduate positions?

No. Applicants interested in commencing in August 2022 will be required to apply to the Midyear Streams through this round of PMCV.

Applicants will need to select the relevant Midyear stream option on the first page of their Monash Health Graduate Application template and lodge their application in the relevant 2022 Graduate Program job advertisement.

Those applicants that are eligible to participate in PMCV APS also need to rank Monash Health Graduate Program – Midyear stream as one of their four preferences.

Should I include my upcoming placements when filling out the application form?

Yes, if you are aware of any scheduled future placements, please include these in your application template.

I am completing a double degree in Nursing and Paramedicine, should I include my paramedic clinical placements in the placement section of the application template?

If you would like to include these placements in your application template, you can do so as long as you clearly indicate which placements were paramedic placements and which were nursing/midwifery. However, it is not a requirement that they be included.

I am still waiting for an updated transcript with results from Semester 1, 2021. Can I submit it after applications close?

We advise you to submit a copy of the most recent transcript that you have available with your application. Once you receive your up-to-date transcript you can email this to us at graduaterecruitment@monashhealth.org.

Do I need to have my clinical appraisals or transcript certified before submitting them with my application?

No. Monash Health accepts scanned copies of paper clinical appraisals or pdf copies of digital appraisals. They must be true, exact copies of the originals.

The dropdown boxes/fillable fields in the Monash Health Application Template are not working for me. What can I do?

If you are completing the Monash Health Graduate Application Template on an older Apple computer/device, your software may not support the use of the dropdown boxes/fillable fields in the document. If you do not have access to a PC with Windows, applicants are able to delete the dropdown menu field and manually enter their selections.

What type of experience can I include in the ‘Employment’ section of the application template?

  • Any healthcare related paid work experience (i.e. previous PCA or RUSON role)
  • Any non-healthcare related paid work (i.e. retail or hospitality jobs etc)
  • Unpaid volunteer work

Does Monash Health require a photo be submitted with our application?

You may submit a photo with your application by uploading this to your eMercury account profile if you wish to do so. However, it is not a requirement.

Do I need to provide contact phone numbers for my referees?

References are conducted via email. Phone numbers are only used to contact referees if we are unable to reach them via email. We understand that some referees will elect not to provide a phone contact number. If your referee does not wish to provide you with a contact number, double check with them that you have their correct email address before adding this to your application to ensure we are able to reach them.

Do Double Degree Nursing/Midwifery Graduate applicants need to provide 2 nursing references and 2 midwifery references or can they be all midwifery referees?

We advise double degree applicants to provide one reference from both nursing and midwifery if possible. If this is not possible, you are able to provide all midwifery referees such as midwifery educators, placement facilitators or buddy/preceptor midwives who have worked with you during clinical placement.

International students who are ineligible to participate in PMCV

I am an international student. Can I apply for the Monash Health Graduate Program?

Applicants who are ineligible to participate in PMCV APS can apply for Graduate positions through the PMCV APS Ineligible Nursing, Midwifery or Double Degree streams job advertisement (Ad #46392).

Can PMCV Ineligible applicants apply for the CAReS pathway?

Yes. Please indicate that you wish to request entry to the CAReS alternative pathway in your Monash Health PMCV Ineligible Graduate Application Template.

Will PMCV Ineligible applicants also be undertaking video interviews from 19 – 21st July?

Shortlisted PMCV Ineligible applicants will be invited to participate in either phone or video interviews from September onwards.

Interviews

When sitting a video interview, do we have time to prepare answers to the questions?

The interview system will allow a couple of minutes for you to read the question, then approximately 2 minutes to respond. We recommend that you complete your interview in a quiet, private place to minimise disruptions as you will be unable to delete and re-record your responses.

Do you have any tips for interview?

  • Approach the video interview as you would a face to face or in-person interview, wear smart casual business attire, aim to look neat and professional.
  • We would advise you to avoid wearing scrubs or university student placement uniforms for interviews.
  • Answer the questions as clearly and concisely as possible. You will only have a couple of minutes to answer each question.
  • Relax and be yourself.
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