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Graduate opportunities

We offer a comprehensive range of health care services, which provide many opportunities for your emerging nursing career.

We acknowledge that the transition from student to clinician requires support and guidance, so we focus on further developing the knowledge and skills acquired during your undergraduate program. Our hospitals offer graduate opportunities for both enrolled and registered nurses.

About the Graduate Transition

Our graduate transition is designed to develop you into a safe, competent and confident clinician who can work collaboratively in a team. During your transition you will receive:

  • comprehensive orientation and preceptorship support
  • paid study days to support and encourage growth
  • preceptorship and mentoring throughout the transition program
  • supported professional development to solidify and further extend knowledge
  • career advancement opportunities for motivated candidates to make their mark in the organisation.

What do we offer?

Enrolled Nurse
  • Temporary six month contract
  • 48 hours per fortnight with the ability to work up to 72 hours per fortnight.
  • Intake dates are March and September
  • Applications are submitted via Smart Jobs in November and May each year

Clinical experiences potentially offered in the following areas for Graduate Enrolled Nurses:

  • Older person (gerontic)
  • Cardiac
  • Gastroenterological
  • Medical
  • Mental Health
  • Neurological
  • Oncology/haematology
  • Orthopaedic
  • Palliative
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal
  • Surgical.


Registered Nurse
  • Temporary twelve month contract
  • 56 hours per fortnight with the ability to work up to 72 hours per fortnight
  • Intakes dates January and July of each year
  • Applications submitted via the Graduate Portal in August each year (both intakes are recruited to from this one campaign)

Clinical experiences offered in the following areas for Graduate Registered Nurses/Midwifery:

  • Older person (gerontic)
  • Cardiac
  • Gastroenterological
  • Medical
  • Mental Health
  • Midwifery
  • Neonatal
  • Neurological
  • Oncology/haematology
  • Orthopaedic
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Palliative
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal
  • Surgical.


We also offer an opportunity for novice nurses to transition into specialty services. Units that offer specialty transition to practice programs include:
  • Intensive/critical care
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Oncology/Haematology Day Unit
  • Paediatrics
  • Perioperative department (Anaesthetics, Scrub/Scout, Post-anaesthetic care)
  • Procedural areas (radiology, endoscopy, cardiac catheter).

Note: We no longer offer graduate positions in the above areas for first year graduates.


Additional information

Who is eligible to apply?

We welcome applications from enrolled nurses and registered nurses who are approaching graduation or recently graduated.

Registered Nurses apply through the Queensland Government Graduate Portal and must:

  • have completed their first university undergraduate nursing or midwifery course within 24 months prior to application or be due to complete their course by December
  • be eligible to apply for Nursing or Midwifery registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • meet documentation and identity checks required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
  • have not worked as a registered nurse or midwife for more than six months full time equivalent
  • select Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service as their first preference (second preference applicants will not be considered)
  • be a Rank 1 applicant (refer to the Graduate Prospectus on the Graduate portal for more information about Rank).

Graduate enrolled nurses can apply through the Queensland Government Smart Jobs website during the month of November or May if you meet the following criteria:

  • recently completed your Diploma of Nursing (within twelve months of commencing)
  • have not been employed as an enrolled nurse for more than six months full time equivalent
  • have Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or Australian Residency
  • will be registered with AHPRA prior to commencement.
How to apply

Registered Nurse – visit the Queensland Health Graduate Campaign site for more information.

Enrolled Nurse – visit the Queensland Health Smart Jobs website for more information.

Application Period Program start date
Month of November To commence January of the following year
Month of May To commence mid-year September


Contact Us

For graduate transition enquiries, please contact

For application and recruitment information, please contact one of our Recruitment Nurse Managers at

Last updated 20 Nov 2018