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Northern Rivers Graduate Nurse Program- ERH / Cohuna District Hospital

Program Overview

This is a 52-week program commencing January 24th 2022.

The program consists of 6 months at Echuca Regional Health and 6 months at Cohuna District Hospital (CDH).

Two positions at 0.8 EFT (8 days per fortnight).

Experience gained at CDH includes Aged Care, Acute and exposure to Urgent Care Centre.

Rotations at ERH in Medical Ward or Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit with potential exposure to specialty areas with “experience” Professional Development days.

The graduate program is designed to help the Graduate Nurse to transition from student to Registered Nurse and to provide consolidation of nursing knowledge and skills whilst using a holistic approach to the delivery of nursing care.

Support available at both Organisations

  • Access to Elearning programs
  • Accommodation available at ERH
  • Clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Clinical Nurse Educators (ERH)
  • Clinical Support Nurses
  • Graduate Nurse Coordinator
  • Internal in-service programs
  • Orientation time
  • Paid Professional Development days
  • Simulation sessions (ERH)
  • Supernumerary time





Information sessions

Zoom facilitated information sessions are offered on:

Wednesday May 5th 0900-1000

Wednesday May 12th 0900-1000

Wednesday May 26th 0900-1000

Wednesday June 2nd 0900-1000

Wednesday June 9th 0900-1000

Wednesday June 23rd 0900-1000

Interested candidates are encouraged to email Jodie Watson for a link and password for zoom sessions, for more information.

How to apply

Register with Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) Allocation and Placement Service (APS)

List Northern Rivers Graduate Nurse Program Echuca Regional Health / Cohuna District Hospital Option as a preference.

Nominate 2 referees. Provide name, position, email and phone contact details of each referee.

Submit application directly to the Echuca Regional Health Careers site and choose Northern Rivers Graduate Nurse Program Echuca Regional Health / Cohuna District Hospital option. Click here to access the site.

Key Selection Criteria

KSC1 Sound level of knowledge and skill relating to nursing care and the clinical environment appropriate to the position.

KSC2 Commitment to ongoing learning and the ability to accept constructive feedback and appropriate direction.

KSC3 Ability to set goals and objective and meet deadlines as required.

KSC4 Commitment to working as part of a team and the ability to work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team.

KSC5 Commitment to completing all requirements of the graduate nurse program continuing professional development.

KSC 6 Knowledge of contemporary nursing issues, trends and research.

KSC7 Commitment to quality assurance and quality improvement activities.

Documents required for application

Cover letter (1 page)

Curriculum Vitae: please include a list of dates and organisations where placements have been undertaken during Undergraduate Studies.

Academic Transcript: we understand that this will not yet be complete.

Police Check for 2021.

Working with Children Check.

Two Clinical Placement Reports:  We require the entire document preferably from an acute placement in final year. We understand that you may not have completed 2 final year placements so please forward a second-year placement report from an acute placement if needed.

Selection criteria response (brief).


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