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Graduate Nurse Program 2024

Applications are now open for Cabrini Health’s Registered Nurse Graduate Program 2024



About the program

Cabrini’s Graduate Program has been redesigned to put newly qualified registered nurses in control of their transition to professional practice. Our unique Program can accommodate novices as well as Graduates.

Participants have access to a variety of support throughout the Program, including:

  • Interactive study days, where they can expand their knowledge and skills learning from our experienced educators and leaders
  • Generous supernumerary time to transition knowledge to practice
  • Career guidance
  • Debrief opportunities

The Program spans 12 months and offers up to two different clinical rotations for participants. Applicants are asked to nominate up to three rotation preferences, with at least one guaranteed preference.

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Program rotations

Program rotations are offered in the following wards, specialities and locations:


  • Acute Cardiac Services. Treating cardiac medical conditions and acute procedures such as Cardiac Angiograms, thoracic and post Cardiothoracic procedures.
  • Respiratory and Medical Services. Treating acute and chronic respiratory and medical conditions.
  • Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery. Caring for postoperative patients who have had joint replacements, neurosurgery, or intracranial procedures.
  • Vascular, Plastics and Upper GI. Caring for patients post plastic, reconstructive, cosmetic, upper gastrointestinal or vascular procedures.
  • Colorectal, Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal. Acute surgical ward specialising in major and complex colorectal, hepatobiliary, and upper gastrointestinal surgery.
  • Urology and Gynaecology. Caring for patients post urology and gynaecology procedures such as TURP, radical prostatectomy and hysterectomies.
  • Short Stay Orthopaedic and Neurology. Caring for patients who have undergone ankle, shoulder, spinal and other similar surgery.
  • Acute Gerontology. Medical ward specialising in care for patients with acute and chronic medical conditions.
  • Stroke and Neurological. Medical ward specialising in care for patients post stroke and acute/ chronic medical conditions.
  • Oncology (inpatient). Caring for a wide range of oncology patients across the spectrum of their oncology experience.
  • Perioperative Services. Exposure to 19 operating theatres, including 2 brand new, with exposure to all speciality surgeries through a rotation of scrub scout, anaesthetics or PACU.


  • General Medical and Oncology. Caring for a wide range of oncology patients and those with general medical conditions.
  • Short Stay Surgical. Caring for patients post surgeries, including ENT, orthopaedics, plastics, paediatrics, and breast cancer surgery.
  • Rehabilitation and orthopaedic. Specialising in the care and rehabilitation of surgical patients.


  • Mental Health at the Lisa Thurin Women’s Health Centre. Focusing on the treatment of mental health conditions including mood disorders, eating disorders, and addiction.

“Cabrini is big enough to offer all the professional opportunities I want in my career. Plus, Cabrini has a really friendly community, and people who actually care about each other”. - Cabrini Graduate Nurse Paediatrics - Belle

Secure your future with permanent employment

Successful applicants will be offered the choice of a full-time (38 hours per week) or part-time (30.4 hours per week) employment contract. At the conclusion of the 12-month Program, our Graduates are supported in their deployment to a guaranteed, ongoing role on one of our wards or speciality areas.

The Program seeks to ease the transition into the unique nursing workforce and prepare our Graduates for their nursing career. Rostering flexibility is encouraged, and experience will be gained working daytime, evening, weekend, and night shifts. Shift lengths are generally 7.6 hours, however this may differ between wards.

Cabrini has many professional development opportunities to take participants beyond their Graduate Program year, including the chance to partake in post-graduate studies and other Transitions to Specialty Practices critical care areas. Our Graduate Program alumni have also developed careers beyond nursing, working in education, leadership, quality, compliance and corporate services.

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Additional benefits

  • Maximum salary packaging benefit of up to $15,900 tax free per year
  • Salary packaging of Apple watches, iPhones and iPads available
  • Hospital sites close to public transport with discounted MYKI Commuter Club fares
  • Free uniforms

How to apply

  • CV, including details of clinical placements undertaken
  • Details of two clinical referees (name, position title, email address)
  • Certified copies of your academic transcript
  • Two recent acute clinical placement reports (including your final year)

Shortlisted candidates will be emailed an invite to participate in a video interview.  These will commence before the application closing date of 30 July 2023.

Candidates who are further shortlisted from their video interview will be invited to attend a Cabrini Graduate Discovery and Assessment Day.  This will involve face to face interviews, team assessments, a hospital tour, and an opportunity to network with our current and past Graduates, Nurse Managers and other Cabrini leaders.

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