Graduate Nursing Streams

Learn about the Monash Health Graduate Program Nursing Streams.

Applications for 2024 Graduate Program second round recruitment for unmatched PMCV candidates open 10am Wednesday 4 October 2023 and close 5pm Friday 6 October 2023.  View PMCV key dates.

These streams are open to both PMCV domestic candidates and Australian Trained Temporary Resident (ATTR) candidates. 

The Monash Health Graduate Program provides newly registered Nurses and Midwives with diverse opportunities to consolidate their skills, expand their experience as a beginning professional and grow their career with Victoria’s largest healthcare provider. 

Nursing Program Structure 

Monash Health offers Registered Nurses in their first 12 months of practice a range of stream options across multiple intakes including the General Nursing Stream, Paediatric & Neonatal Stream, and Mental Health Nursing Stream.  

The Monash Health Graduate experience includes: 

  • 12-month structured program, with two 6-month rotations 
  • An option to work Part-time or Full-time:
    •  0.84EFT (64 hours per fortnight)  
    •  Full time 1.0EFT (76 hours per fortnight) 
  • Full-time employees accrue 4 ADO hours per fortnight 
  • Extensive paid orientation and training program prior to commencing in the clinical area 
  • Graduate study days and learning pathways specific to ward clinical specialties 
  • Ongoing employment offered at the completion of the program within Monash Health
  • Graduates in General Nursing Summer, Autumn and Winter Streams are guaranteed rotation in one of five nominated preference areas for at least one rotation (not applicable for Paediatric and Neonatal Stream or Mental Health Nursing Streams) 

General Nursing Streams (Summer, Autumn and Winter)

General Nursing Streams provides newly graduated Registered Nurses the opportunity to consolidate their skills and grow their confidence across a diverse range of practice environments. Streams are available throughout the year with flexible entry offered to accommodate unforeseen circumstances: 

Stream NameStream Clinical CommencementStream pre-commencement Orientation period
General Nursing Summer StreamMonday 5 February 2024, with flexible entry options availableConducted flexibly from December 2023 – January 2024
General Nursing Autumn StreamMonday 6 May 2024, with flexible entry options availableConducted flexibly during April 2024
General Nursing Winter StreamMonday 5 August 2024, with flexible entry options availableConducted flexibly during July 2024

What is flexible entry?

Flexible entry allows for Graduates to commence in their allocated clinical areas prior to or for a short time period after the planned stream clinical commencement date to accommodate: 

  • Individual extenuating circumstances 
  • Organisational/clinical area requirements 
  • Late registration 
  • Last minute changes or delays to clinical placements 

Flexible entry is offered on a case-by-case basis as required. 

General Nursing Stream (Summer, Autumn and Winter) Clinical Rotations

Graduates in the General Nursing streams are guaranteed to rotate to one of their five selected preference areas. This may be in either rotation 1 or rotation 2. For their other rotation, the graduate may be placed in any clinical area across Monash Health.

The General Nursing Streams offer the following specialty preferences, with rotations available at the following sites:

Graduates matched to Monash Health General Nursing Streams (Summer, Autumn and Winter) nominate 5 preference areas from the following options:

Areas/sites
Acute Surgical

DH MMC CH MOOR VHH JMPH

Acute Medical

DH MMC CH MOOR VHH JMPH

Adult Intensive Care

DH MMC CH

Paediatrics

DH CH MCH

Orthopedics

DH

Oncology/Haematology

MMC Moor

Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation

King CH

Newborn Services

DH CH MCH

Day Units & Specialist Clinics 

CH CICC MMC DH MOOR 

Residential Aged Care 

Doveton, King, Noble Park 

Palliative Care 

MMC 

Perioperative 

 DH MMC CH MOOR VHH 

Gastrosciences (including Gastroenterology, Colorectal and Gastrosurgery)

MMC DH JMPH

Neurosciences / Neurology / Neurosurgery

MMC JMPH

Cardiology / Cardiothoracics/ Cardiac Specialties  

VHH CH 

Diagnostic imaging

VHH CH DH MMC MOOR

Haemodialysis 

DH CH King MMC CICC Moor

Emergency 

DH MMC CH 

Renal / Nephrology 

 MMC 

* not all specialties are available at each site

Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing Stream  

The Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing stream is available as an option for the Summer intake (commencing February 2024). This stream offers a unique opportunity to undertake two specialty rotations in a Paediatric and/or Neonatal environment across the Monash Children’s sites (Clayton, Dandenong, or Casey).  

Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing stream Graduates are provided: 

  • An extensive paid general Graduate orientation and training program delivered flexibly throughout December 2023 – January 2024 
  • An additional Paediatric focused orientation program from January 29 – February 2 2024, prior to commencing supernumerary shifts in the clinical area on Monday 5 February 2024 
  • A 12-month structured program, consisting of two 6-month Paediatric or Neonatal rotations 
  • Paediatric & Neonatal specific study days throughout the program 
  • An option to work part-time or full-time: 
    •  0.84EFT (64 hours per fortnight)  
    • Full time 1.0EFT (76 hours per fortnight)  
  • Full-time employees accrue 4 ADO hrs per fortnight 
  • Ongoing employment offered at the completion of the program within Monash Health 

Paediatric and Neonatal Clinical Rotations

Monash Children’s Hospital is one of Australia’s leading providers of integrated children’s health services, caring for more than 100,000 children every year, across three sites – our main campus at Clayton and satellite sites at Dandenong and Casey Hospitals. For more information about the Monash Children’s Hospital, visit the website. 

 Graduates may rotate to paediatric and neonatal areas and specialties within the Monash Children’s Hospital, Dandenong Hospital or Casey Hospital during their program. Areas include:  

  • Paediatric surgical 
  • Paediatric medical 
  • Paediatric oncology and haematology 
  • Paediatric theatres 
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) 
  • Special care nursery (SCN) 
  • Neonatal intensive care (NICU) 
  • Adolescent inpatients 
  • Paediatric day surgical unit 
  • Children’s Cancer Centre (Day Oncology) 

Graduates in the Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing Stream are not required to submit clinical specialty or site preferences as rotations are pre-allocated in this stream. 

Mental Health Nursing Stream  

Mental Health nursing is an exciting and challenging specialty that provides care, treatment, and support for individuals, their families and carers who are experiencing a mental illness or disorder. An essential part of a mental health nurses’ role is to develop and maintain an effective and therapeutic relationship and to provide comprehensive and holistic care. There is a strong focus on working collaboratively with the individual experiencing mental health issues, their family and/or carers, key workers and the interdisciplinary team.  

Mental Health Nursing preference options include: 

  • Acute Inpatient Mental Health 
  • Rehabilitation (Inpatient or Community) 
  • Residential Withdrawal Unit 
  • Perinatal and Infant Inpatient Unit 
  • Early in Life Mental Health 
  • Aged Person’s Mental Health

Contact us

For General Nursing Stream, Paediatric and Newborn Stream enquiries please contact: 

Monash Health Graduate Program team 

Phone: 03 9594 7779
Email: Graduaterecruitment@monashhealth.org 

For Mental Health Nursing stream enquiries please contact:

PRECEPT Education team 

Phone: 03 9792 7587
Email: PRECEPTEducation@monashhealth.org