The Eye and Ear Graduate Nurse Program facilitates the development of graduate nurses to become clinically competent in nursing. This includes developing professional relationships and delivering safe patient care in a supportive, professional working environment.

Program overview

Aim of Graduate Nurse Program

To facilitate the development of the graduate to become a competent nurse practitioner. This includes socialisation processes for the development of professional relationships and the delivery of safe patient care.

Length of course

The program is full-time for 52 weeks including six weeks annual leave. Applications close on Friday 8 July 2022 and the program will commence on Monday 13 February 2023. Apply here.

Clinical rotations

The following areas are used for clinical placement for all graduates;

  • Inpatient Ward (ophthalmology and ENT beds)
  • Surgical Admissions and Recovery (SAR)
  • Operating Theatre Suite
  • Emergency Department
  • Specialist Clinics

Clinical support

  • Orientation: When you start your employment at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, you will attend a comprehensive orientation program, which includes a nursing program followed by a general hospital orientation.
  • Supernumerary: In each clinical area you will be supernumerary for a specific period based on both your needs and those of the clinical area.
  • Clinical Support: The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has a long history of supporting new staff. When you start in the clinical areas you will be ‘buddied’ up with a nurse familiar with the learning needs of a new graduate. In addition to our nurse educators, we have very experienced nurses in all our clinical areas, who are always willing to assist new staff.

Learning and development opportunities

The graduate program offers significant opportunities for learning:

  • A comprehensive one-week orientation program followed by five full study days scheduled throughout the year.
  • All study days involve presentations and discussion incorporating professional development and clinical nursing.
  • An extensive online education program. This includes mandatory learning activities for all nursing staff, consisting of both learning modules and practical assessment.
  • Regular In-service sessions.

Our application process

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact our nurse education unit

Ann Vintiadis
Locked Bag 8
East Melbourne VIC 8002
Phone: +613 9929 8651