Undertake your 12 month Graduate Transition Year with Ballarat Health Services and work in a large regional hospital, with Victoria's leading regional nurses. The Ballarat Health Services Graduate Transition Year facilitates both your personal and professional growth. A well constructed program will assist your development and help you gain confidence to succeed. You will team with the best in the business and deliver a service that is individually tailored to meet the needs of each patient. 

Graduate Transition Year RN Division 1

A Graduate year with Ballarat Health Services will allow you to: 

  • Broaden your skills through acute, sub acute and psychiatric patient care areas
  • Embrace nursing research and learn through evidence based practice, teamwork and openness.
  • Experience a high level of clinical support from dedicated clinical support nurses

Ballarat Health Services offers a wide range of areas for you to work in. During the program, three clinical experiences provide a variety of clinical exposure for graduates. Each graduate is required to experience both medical and surgical nursing throughout the year.

You will have opportunities to rotate between three of the following clinical areas:

  • General Surgical
  • Paediatric & Adolescent Unit
  • Urology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Perioperative Suite
  • Psychiatric Placement
  • Midwifery (double degree)
  • Gandarra Palliative Care
  • Rehabilitation Unit
  • Inpatient Complex Care (Assessment) Unit
  • ICU / CCU
  • Emergency Department
  • Residential Care Areas
  • Rural Placement (external site)

The Graduate Transition Year has an intake number of approximately fifty-five (55) participants annually. Ten Peer Professional Learning days including new staff induction and nursing orientation is provided throughout the program. While providing support and guidance to the early entry practitioner in assisting a smooth transition from student to registered nurse is essential, the aim of the program is to develop confidence, clinical competence and skills of the multifaceted role of the registered nurse. Realistic learning experiences with regard to professional issues and self-development are also provided. Graduate nurses are employed eight days per fortnight.

Ballarat Health Services participates in the computer matching process for all graduate nurse vacancies. Further information and applications can be found here. 

Further information can be obtained by emailing: graduate.inquiries@bhs.org.au or registering for an information session, details below. You can also download an information brochure here

Care Of the Older Persons (COOPs) Graduate Program is an extension of and an addition to the Transition To Practice graduate program offered at BHS for RN’s. The COOPs program enables the RN the opportunity to undertake post graduate student at Australian Catholic University to work towards completing a Post Graduate Certificate Clinical Nursing – Gerontology. For further information please see here

Information Sessions

Dates for the 2020 graduate program will be released shortly. 

Graduate Transition Year EN

The Centre for Nursing & Health Education offer a twelve month Graduate Transition Year for Enrolled nurses. The program runs annually with an intakes in March. The program is limited to six participants who rotate in two residential areas (low care and high care). Nurses participate in study days and are well supported by a variety of nursing staff and educators.

Further information is available from the Graduate Nurse Coordinator.

Graduate Midwife Program

The Centre for Nursing & Health Education offer a twelve month Graduate Midwife Program which aims to support newly endorsed midwives during their transition. The quality of midwifery care provided rests on the knowledge, skills and values of the clinical midwife. The graduate year of midwifery practice offers: evidence based practice, provides a supportive learning environment, consolidate clinical skills and enhancement of existing knowledge and skills.

Further information is available for the Clinical Nurse Educator-Midwifery.

GMP Brochure

Have something to tell us? We welcome all feedback from patients, family members or carers. Tell us more.