Epworth Graduate program

Why choose Epworth

At Epworth, we care. We care about our patients and about our people. We care about career development and progression and nurturing potential. We care about innovating; staying ahead of the field. And we care about giving all our people the support and flexibility they need to thrive in our growing, fast-paced and ever-changing organisation.

Top 5 reasons to join Epworth:

  1. We are Victoria’s largest not-for-profit private hospital group.
  2. We are renowned for excellence in diagnosis, treatment, care and rehabilitation.
  3. We embrace the latest in evidence-based medicine to pioneer treatments and services to patients.
  4. We care for our patients throughout their lifespan across more than 40 specialty areas.
  5. We invest all surplus funds into services.

Creating a career as a Graduate

As a recent or soon-to-be graduate, you may know exactly where you want your career to go, or you might still be exploring the possibilities. Choosing to work with Victoria’s largest not-for-profit hospital group provides you with endless opportunity to define your career. Working with Epworth you can transition to high levels of independence and strive for excellence in your clinical practice.

Program highlights

Nine out of ten Graduate Nurses continue working with Epworth once they’ve completed their graduate programs. We put this down to the support, work experience and education you receive as part of the program.

Focusing on acute care and rehabilitation, you’ll find yourself experiencing:

  • An extensive orientation to set you up for success
  • Various rotations across your 12-month program
  • A structured and challenging clinical learning environment that’s supportive and filled with variety
  • A structured theory component including five development days to share learnings 
  • Additional education programs including in-services, workshops, seminars and clinical simulations
  • Ongoing collaboration with education and clinical staff to help shape your experience
  • A sense of belonging through collegiality and shared values

 

  • Find out more about…

    Registered Nurse Graduate Program

    This program facilitates your transition to become a confident and competent registered nurse by providing a 12-month program that is flexible and tailored for you. The program operates across five Epworth sites and offers a choice of rotations including general surgery, plastics, thoracics, vascular, neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, cardiac, paediatric, day surgery, gynaecology, urology, rehabilitation, mental health, emergency, medical, oncology, Peri-Operative and other specialties.

    Mental Health Nurse Program

    This program facilitates your transition into mental health nursing by providing comprehensive specialist education and 12 months of acute clinical experience at Epworth Clinic, Camberwell. You will complete two 6-month rotations between acute mental health care and acute aged mental health along with opportunities for exposure to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Electroconvulsive Therapy and Group Psychological Therapy.

    Registered Midwife Program

    During the 12-month program, you will be supported to strive for the highest standards of practice and to become experienced, analytical midwives.  You will gain experience across birth suite, post-natal ward and special care nursery. There’s also the opportunity for you to include an additional 6-month rotation in acute medical or surgical if you’ve completed your double degree.

    Perioperative Graduate Nurse Program

    This full-time 12-month specialty program, provides you a graduate opportunity to enter into one of the most employable disciplines in nursing! Completing two rotations in either the scrub / scout area or post anaesthetic care unit and anaesthetics you’ll be exposed to a multitude of different procedures every day. Working in one of 50 operating theatres, you will work alongside a team of highly renowned specialist surgeons.

    Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program

    The Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program is an intense but rewarding opportunity that gives you the chance to experience an acute care setting unmatched by any other organisation. Offering 1 or 2 rotations across most clinical units, you can tailor your program to meet your own clinical and situational needs. This program aims to facilitate an increase in your knowledge and skills to perform well in an area of high complexity and to feel confident, competent and valued. To support you further, this program includes a structured theory component including five development days to share learnings.

  • Key dates for you to know

    Applications for our 2022 Registered Nurse & Midwifery Graduate Programs open on Monday 7th June and close on Wednesday 7th July 2021

    Information sessions:

    EHC GNP (virtual) Information Events Bookings via Epworth Events:

    • Tuesday 4th May, 4.30 – 6.30pm
    • Wednesday 19th May, 10am – 12pm

    Speciality GNP (virtual) Information Events Bookings via Epworth Events:

    Maternity GNP Information Session

    • Monday 31st May 3-4pm

    Perioperative GNP Information Session

    • Tuesday 1st June, 3-4pm

    Mental Health GNP Information Session

    • Wednesday 2nd June 3- 4pm

    Enrolled Nurse GNP Information Session

    • October 2021 TBC

    ACN Expo - learn more about Epworth Graduate Programs at the ACN Expo on 24 April 2021

    • Visit our Virtual Booth at the ACN Expo - learn more about Epworth Graduate Programs and at the ACN Expo on 24 April 2021

    Graduate Program Application and Interview –revisit here for information regarding our application and interview process in early 2021.

    • Graduate Program Application and Interview – Applications will be submitted via our careers site Monday 7th June – Wednesday 7th July. Interviews will be conducted using an online platform. Please revisit here for information regarding our application and interview process in May 2021.

    Graduate Program Intake – these differ across the year depending on the program and the site. During the interview process, you will be given a preference of program commencement.

    • Graduate Program Intake – these differ across the year depending on the program and the site. During the interview process, you will be given a preference of program commencement.

    Epworth HealthCare (all sites) will NOT be participating in the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria, computer matching process in 2021. All applications for our Graduate Program should be directly submitted via the careers site. Please ensure you make contact with a Graduate Coordinator if you require further information regarding the application process.

  • Locations where you will be

    Enrolled Nurse Program:

    • Endorsed Nurse: Epworth Geelong, Epworth Eastern, Epworth Freemasons, Epworth Richmond.

    Registered Nurse Program:

    • Registered Nurse: Epworth Geelong, Epworth Eastern, Epworth Freemasons, Epworth Richmond, Rehabilitation (Epworth Brighton, Epworth Hawthorn, Epworth Richmond, Epworth Camberwell), Epworth Clinic (Epworth Camberwell).
    • Mental Health Nurse: Epworth Clinic (Epworth Camberwell).
    • Registered Midwife: Epworth Freemasons.

    Specialty Nurse Program:

    • Perioperative Nurse: Epworth Eastern, Epworth Freemasons, Epworth Geelong, Epworth Richmond.
    • Midwifery: Epworth Freemasons.

    During the application process, you can identify the location where you’d liked to be placed and we’ll make every effort to accommodate your preference.

  • How to see if you’re eligible

    Graduate Nurse or Midwifery Program

    To apply, you will need to have:

    • Be on track for successful completion of a Bachelor Of Nursing/Midwifery in 2021
    • Anticipate AHPRA registration for commencement in 2022
    • Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency; OR New Zealand Citizenship

    Epworth HealthCare (all sites) will NOT be participating in the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria, computer matching process in 2021. All applications for our Graduate Program should be directly submitted via the careers site. Please ensure you make contact with a Graduate Coordinator if you require further information regarding the application process.

  • How you can apply

    Advertising and submission of your application will be through the Epworth’s Careers Portal. To help you prepare, you will need to collect the following documents and upload them as part of your application process:

    • Recent CV
    • Cover Letter
    • Academic Transcript (watermarked)
    • Two (2) recent Clinical Placement Reports (watermarked)
    • Passport sized photograph of yourself

    To answer any questions you may have about the application process, please reach out to the local Graduate Coordinator at the hospital you’re interested in completing your program

     
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • How long are the programs?

    Epworth Graduate Nurse Programs are 12 months.

  • What support is available?

    You’ll have access to a designated onsite graduate coordinator who you will meet during the matching process. They’ll be available to answer most of your questions and can connect you in with other people across Epworth. There are also educators, preceptors and clinical coaches to coach and guide you throughout your program

  • What are the working hours?

    You’ll have access to a designated onsite graduate coordinator who you will meet during the matching process. They’ll be available to answer most of your questions and can connect you in with other people across Epworth. There are also educators, preceptors and clinical coaches to coach and guide you throughout your program.

  • Do you offer ongoing professional development?

    Once you’ve finished your program, the world is your oyster. If you choose to work with Epworth, in collaboration with major universities, there’s an extensive range of post-graduate and research opportunities available.If you’re uncertain of your career direction, take advantage of the Introduction to Specialty Practice program, Enrolled Nurse short course or Perioperative Introductory Program where you’ll have your clinical knowledge developed, skills and assessments enhanced and improve your clinical decision making. Epworth also runs a multitude of seminars and workshops to continually progress your skills and knowledge in areas of interest.

  • How do I continue to work with Epworth following the completion of my program?

    We hope that you will want to continue working with us when you finish your program. Toward the end of the program, there’s a re-employment process you can enter though we encourage you to mention your intentions to your Graduate Coordinator sooner rather than later. We’ll be very happy to have an ongoing conversation with you and assist in exploring your options and opportunities.

  • Do I need to have completed a placement with Epworth to apply?

    Not at all. Applications are welcome from all students.