| GNP Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many intakes do you offer?
A: Two, in January and February.
Q: How many positions do you offer?
A: Approximately 110-120.
Q: Do you offer part time positions in addition to full time?
A: Yes, part time positions can be negotiated with the Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator.
Q: Do you provide an orientation program?
A: Yes, a comprehensive program including general hospital orientation, ward orientation and a Graduate Nurse Program specific orientation program. This GNP specific orientation program provides an opportunity for graduates to meet with other graduates and share experiences. It also provides tips on time management, safety with medications, intravenous pump management and a whole lot more.
Q: Do you have supernumerary days?
A: Yes, a minimum of four days is provided following the GNP Orientation program. Following this orientation
graduates usually feel much more confident and ready to start their graduate nurse year. For those
people who need a little extra time, the number of supernumerary days can be extended.
Q: How many Clinical Rotations do you offer?
A: Two, six months rotations. The aim is consolidation.
Q: What kind of clinical rotations do you offer?
A: A wide variety of clinical placements are available both in the acute and sub-acute setting.
Q: What kind of professional study days do you offer?
A: All study days are paid. The Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator, in conjunction with
the clinical nurse educators, develop study days relevant to the clinical environment you are working in.
Q: Are graduates able to attend other educational activities within the hospital?
A: Absolutely, many graduate nurses have attended short courses provided by The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Nursing Education Services. There are always in-services provided each day in the clinical areas.
The opportunities are endless.
Q: Do you have a preceptorship program?
A: Yes, you will work with your preceptor/s or "buddy/buddies" for a period of 4-6 weeks where you will work
similar shifts. All preceptors are trained and are of tremendous support to you during your graduate year here
at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Q: Who else will support me in my graduate program?
A: We have ward specific Clinical Nurse Educators, as well as Clinical Support Nurses whose primary role is to
support the graduate nurses. The Nurse Unit Managers, Associate Nurse Unit Managers and Clinical Nurse
Specialists are also available to support you in the clinical area.
Q: How do I apply?
A: You need to apply to computer match as well as to The Royal Melbourne Hospital please see details
on Application Process.
Q: What do I need to include in my application?
A: Please refer to Application Process page.
Q: When will interviews take place?
A: 26 August - 30 August 2013. Please note, it is likely you will be on clinical placement at this time.
This is not a valid reason to request an interview for another time. You will need to make yourself available
for interview, if invited.
Q: What is the interview format?
A: All interviews are personal interviews with yourself and an interview team of two people only. There are no
group interviews. As part of the interview, you will be asked some very basic drug calculation questions; and yes, you will be able to use a calculator.
Q: Do you have an entrance exam?
Q: What else does The Royal Melbourne Hospital have to offer?
A: To name a few:
- No Lift Policy
- Graduate Nurse Program Social Club
- Staff Library
- Peer Support Program
- Friendly and safe working environment
- Secure car and bicycle parking on-site
Q: Is there a Return Policy on applications?
A: There is a No Return Policy on all applications received.
Q: Can I receive feedback about my application at any time?
A: Feedback will only be provided upon appointment following Computer Match results.
Q: What if I am unable to attend my scheduled interview appointment?
A: Please contact the Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator via email or telephone at your earliest convenience.