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Nurse Graduate Program

Online applications are open Monday 5th June 2017 at 5.00pm and close Friday 23rd June 2017 at 5.00pm
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Come along to our Information Evening on Thursday 8th June, between 5.00pm - 6.30pm in the Poche Centre Auditorium, Rocklands Road (opposite the hospital) to find out why the Mater is such an extra ordinary place to work.

At the Mater our patients’ care and recovery is our highest priority.
We work in partnership with our patients and their families to take a compassionate and holistic approach to healthcare. We view nurse graduates as our leaders of the future and that is why we invest in developing you clinically, professionally and personally. Our Program assists in linking theory to practice and challenges you to excel.   

To work at the Mater and be part of our Mater nurse graduate program from February 2018,we are looking for remarkable graduate nurses who:

  • Are highly motivated to professional development and quality improvement
  • Have a strong ability to work closely with interdisciplinary teams and provide exceptional "Person Centred Care"
  • Are able to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Are open to respond  to a changing work environment
  • Are accountable for their own practice
  • Have a  commitment to uphold the Mission and Values of St Vincent’s Health Australia


Programs Offered at the Mater

General/Acute Care Graduate Nurse Program

Rotations including the following specialty areas:

  • Oncology/Medical/Surgical
  • Urology/Gynaecology/Surgical
  • Day Surgery/Day of Surgery Admission Centre
  • Heart/Lung/Vascular/Neurological
  • Joint Replacement/Sports Injury management/Rehabilitation
  • Mater Orthopaedic Day Surgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Operating Theatres

Direct Entry Program - Operating Theatres

The direct entry into Operating Theatre offers a twelve month placement consisting of time in the following departments:

  • Circulating/Instrument Nurse
  • Anaesthetics
  • Recovery

Direct Entry Program - Critical Care

Two rotations: the first rotation is within the Heart/Lung/Vascular/Neuro department followed by the second rotation within the Intensive Care Unit.

Part time Graduate Nurse Program

The Mater is offering a part-time only New Graduate Program for the first time in 2018. The Mater is invested in ensuring resilience, wellbeing and self-care as a component of a nurses’ induction into the profession. In order to ensure our New Graduate Nurses are transitioning, and to reduce the incidence of transition shock, we feel it best to offer a part-time program for new nurses. Not only will this promote an appropriate work/life balance for these new staff members, it will also enhance the patient experience by enabling nurses to deliver safer care.

Support at the Mater

Graduate Nurses are supported through a number of avenues including:

  • A dedicated Learning and Development Department
  • Clinical Nurse Educators in all departments
  • Supernumerary time for each rotation
  • Clinical Honours whilst undertaking your Graduate Program aligned with the University of Tasmania
  • Protected Teaching Time
  • Preceptors
  • Facilitated debrief sessions
  • Study days
  • Social nights
  • Individualised learning objective plans

Entry Requirements

Must have AHPRA registration before you can commence the program.
Must have the unlimited right to work in Australia

Application Instructions

  • Applications will only be accepted online.
  • Applications open Monday 5th June 2017 at 5.00pm and close Friday 23rd June 2017 at 5.00pm
  • Interviews will commence the week beginning 31st July 2017;
  • Letters of offer will be sent out on the 12th October 2017
  • Commencement of the program in February 2018.
  • For more information on the program contact  Alison Kingston – or Sarah Sharpe – on (02) 99007590

    For further information about the recruitment process and requirements for our Graduate Nurse program, please download the Nurse Graduate Program Recruitment Outline and Frequently Asked Questions.

Convenient Location

The Mater Hospital is conveniently located less than two kilometres from the city and between the restaurants of Crows Nest and the business centre of North Sydney.

Information Evening

The Mater Graduate Nurse Information evening will be held on Thursday 8th June 2017 between 1700-1830hrs. We invite you to come along, learn about the facility and meet the Clinical Nurse Educators and Learning and Development Team.