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Graduate Nurses Opportunities

Gold Coast Health offers a comprehensive range of health care services which provide a wide range of opportunities for your emerging nursing career. Our graduate transition program focuses on building on the knowledge and skills learnt during your undergraduate program. We acknowledge that the transition from student to clinician requires support and guidance.

Our hospitals offer a range of graduate programs for both enrolled and registered nurses.  

About the Graduate Nurse Programs

Gold Coast Health’s graduate transition program is designed to develop you into a safe, competent and confident clinician who is able to work collaboratively in a team.

  • Comprehensive orientation and precentorship support
  • Paid study days to support and encourage growth
  • Preceptorship and mentoring throughout your placements
  • Supported post-grad education in specialty areas and other professional development to cement and extend your knowledge
  • Career advancement opportunities for motivated candidates to make their mark in the organisation.

What do we offer?

Enrolled Nurse 

  • Temporary 6 month contract
  • 48 hours per fortnight with the ability to work up to 72hrs per fortnight.
  • Intake dates are March and September
  • Applications are submitted via Smart Jobs in November and May each year.

Registered Nurse

  • Temporary 12 month contract
  • 56 hours per fortnight with the ability to work up to 72hrs per fortnight
  • Intakes dates January and June of each year
  • Applications submitted via the Graduate Portal in August each year.

Clinical experiences offered in the following areas:

Graduate opportunities    
  • Medical care
  • Mental Health care
  • Neurological care
  • Oncology/haematology 
  • Palliative care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal care
  • Cardiac care
  • Surgical care
  • Orthopaedic care
  • Gastroenterological care
  • Care of the older person (gerontic)
Registered Nurse Only
  • Paediatric care
  • Neonatal care 
  • Midwifery care 

Upon completion of the graduate year, registered nurses can apply for the following specialty areas:

  • Oncology/Haematology Day Unit
  • Intensive/critical care
  • Procedural areas (radiology, endoscopy, cardiac catheter)
  • Peri operative care
  • Emergency care

GCHHS no longer offer placement 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 must apply through the Queensland Government Graduate Portal and must:

  • Have completed your first university undergraduate nursing or midwifery course within 24 months prior to application or be due to complete your course by December.
  • Be eligible to apply for Nursing or Midwifery registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Meet the requirements of documentation and identity checks required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • Not worked as a registered nurse or midwife for more than 6 months full time equivalent.
  • Select GCHHS as their 1st Preference (2nd 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 are able to apply through our smart jobs website during the month of November or May if you meet the following criteria:

  • Recently completed your Diploma of Nursing (within 12 month of commencing)
  • Have not been employed as an EN for more than 6 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 midyear September

Contact Us

For graduate transition enquiries, please contact the Graduate Program Co-ordinator Belinda Gray at

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


Last updated 13 Nov 2017