Graduate Nursing Streams

Learn about the Monash Health Graduate Program Nursing Streams.

Applications for the 2022 Acute Care, Complex Care and Midyear Streams are now open! Click here to apply

Program Structure

The Monash Health Graduate Program Nursing streams provide Graduates with diverse opportunities to consolidate their skills, expand their experience as a beginning professional and grow their career with Victoria’s largest healthcare provider.

Monash Health Graduate Program offers Nurses in Acute Care, Complex Care and Midyear streams:

  • A 12-month structured program, consisting of two 6-month rotations
  • The option to work either part time (0.84EFT; 64 hours per fortnight or 0.95EFT; 72 hours per fortnight) or full time (1.0EFT; 76 hours per fortnight with an additional 4 ADO hours accruing per fortnight)
  • Fixed term, 12-month graduate contract with ongoing employment offered at the completion of the program within Monash Health

Acute Care and Complex Care Streams

  • Commences February 2022 with a comprehensive orientation program conducted over December 2021 – January 2022
  • Graduates in Acute and Complex Care Streams are granted one rotation from their four selected preference areas unless they are accepted into an alternative pathway (see options for alternative pathways below).
  • The preference rotation may be in either the first or second rotation. The other rotation (non-preference rotation) may be in any clinical area across Monash Health.

The streams offer the following specialty preference areas:

Acute Care

  • Acute Surgical
  • Acute Medical
  • Oncology/Haematology/Palliative Care
  • Gastrosciences
  • Rehabilitation and Residential Aged Care
  • Vascular/Plastics
  • Orthopedics
  • Specialty Outpatients
  • Day Treatment Units (including Day Procedure, Day Surgery and Day Treatment Centre)
  • Renal/Nephrology
  • Paediatrics/Newborn

Complex Care

  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Peri-operative
  • Cardiac (including Cardiac Care Unit, Cath Lab and Cardiothoracic)
  • Emergency
  • Hemodialysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Subacute/Aged Care

Graduate Nurses in the Acute Care, Complex Care and Midyear streams may also request one of the alternative pathways as follows:

Caring for the Aged in Residential and Subacute Settings (CAReS)

For Graduates who wish to pursue careers in Subacute or Aged Care nursing. CAReS allows Graduates to complete their full 12 month Graduate Program in subacute/aged care areas with one rotation in a GEM/rehabilitation area and one rotation in a Residential Aged Care setting.

Guaranteed Rotations to Preference Sites

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 are considered but not guaranteed for Graduates who are accepted into this pathway. Graduates can nominate a preferred site grouping from the list below:

  • Casey/Cranbourne
  • Dandenong/Doveton
  • Clayton/Moorabbin/Kingston
  • Casey/Dandenong/Doveton

Please note acceptance into alternative pathways is not guaranteed and are offered directly to successful Acute Care, Complex Care and Midyear applicants by the Graduate Program Managers after the PMCV recruitment process is complete.

Midyear Nursing Stream

  • Commences August 2022 with a comprehensive orientation program conducted over July 2022
  • Graduates in this stream are able to nominate four preferences from the range of areas from both the Acute Care and Complex Care Streams.
  • While the Graduate Program team endeavour to accommodate preferences where possible, Graduates in the Midyear Nursing stream are not guaranteed a rotation in one of their clinical preference areas.
  • Graduates in the Midyear Nursing stream are also able to request an Alternative Pathway if they wish (see alternative pathways information above).

Mental Health Nursing Stream

  • A two-year structured program; consisting of one 12 month graduate year, followed by a 12 month postgraduate year in the second year
  • Part-time work (0.84EFT; 64 hours per fortnight)
  • Graduates undertake the Master of Advanced Nursing (Mental Health) through Monash University
  • Commences January 2022 with a comprehensive Mental Health orientation program

Rotations are available at Clayton, Casey, Dandenong and Kingston Centre in a range of areas including:

  • Acute Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation (Inpatient or Community)
  • Residential Withdrawal Unit
  • Perinatal and Infant Inpatient Unit
  • Early in Life Mental Health
  • Older Persons Mental Health

For more information on how to apply to the streams, please refer to the How to Apply page.

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