Graduate midwife and graduate nurse programs

Graduate Midwife Program

Purpose

The purpose of the Graduate Midwife Program (GMP) is to facilitate the transition of beginning level Midwifery practitioners into the workforce. Graduates gain exposure to a variety of clinical settings in a supportive environment, while consolidating theoretical learning, critical clinical skills and judgement. The program aims to:
  • promote personal and professional development,
  • consolidate and develop clinical midwifery skills and theoretical knowledge,
  • enhance professional responsibility and accountability for practice,
  • encourage critical inquiry in clinical practice, and
  • promote the development of collegial networks with midwifery colleagues, health professionals and the community.

Who is eligible?

Open to midwives within their first year of practice who are eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

About the program

The program is designed for midwives in their first year of practice and consists of a 12 month pre-arranged clinical rotation, with paid study days, regular tutorials and clinical support including a mentorship program. Clinical placements may include Midwifery Group Practice, Antenatal Clinics, combined Antenatal/Postnatal Wards, Labour and Birth Suite, Breastfeeding Centre, Visiting Midwifery Service, Special Care Nursery, Mother and Baby Unit, Emergency Centre and Adult Special Care Unit.

Availability

The selection process is competitive with more candidates than places available. Recruitment into the program occurs twice a year.

Program start February  September 

Recruitment  July (of previous year to start date)  March 

Applications

Applications for graduate positions (nursing and midwifery) at KEMH are accepted through the WA Health GradConnect portal (external site).

More information

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Graduate Nurse Program

Purpose

From 2020 Women and Newborn Health Service (King Edward Memorial Hospital & Ward 3B Perth Children’s Hospital) will be offering a new Graduate Nurse Program that will provide newly graduated nurses with the opportunity to work in two specialist areas of neonatal and women’s health nursing.
On completion of the Graduate Nurse Program there may be an opportunity to apply for a position at either KEMH or PCH.

Who is eligible?

Registered nurses who are within their first year of practice and who are currently registered with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

About the program

The Graduate Nurse Program is a 12 month program which includes:
  • two six month rotations  one in neonates at KEMH or Ward 3B at PCH and one in either gynaecology or women’s health perioperative nursing.
  • places available in February and August
  • four paid study days - two per rotation to enhance role development, reflective practice and clinical knowledge
  • monthly seminars for peer support, clinical and professional development
  • supernumerary days at commencement in each area
  • support from a selected preceptor in each area
  • ward based learning opportunities which are enhanced by the clinical development nurse.

Applications

Recruitment for all graduate programs at public hospitals in Western Australia occurs once per year. Graduates apply through the the WA Health graduate nurse connect portal  and indicate their preferred hospitals. 

More information

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Graduate Mental Health Nurse Program

Purpose

The Graduate Mental Health Nurse Program is run in partnership with Edith Cowan University. This program will give newly graduated nurses the opportunity to gain experience at KEMH Mother and Baby unit and a regional program. Graduate nurses who complete the program can expect to enhance their confidence and competence as mental health nurses with well documented performance evaluations. 

Who is eligible?

Registered Nurses who are within their first year of practice and who are currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

About the program

The Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program is a 52 week full-time contract consisting of:

  • six months with KEMH Mother and Baby Unit and six months with WACHS
  • formal study days through Edith Cowan University
  • supernumerary days in the clinical area
  • rotational nursing roster (may include day, afternoon and nights)
  • support from experienced mental health nurses and Instructors.

Applications

Applications for graduate positions at KEMH are accepted through the WA Health GradConnect portal (external site).

Further information

Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program flyer
Contact – Nurse Manager,  Mother and Baby Unit (08) 6458 1799.