Graduate Nurse and Midwifery Programs
Our graduate programs offer you a dynamic and well-structured graduate year. Our aim is to facilitate and support you, the beginning practitioner in your transition from student to Registered Nurse or Nurse and Midwife by providing a structured clinical support program within a theoretical framework. At Latrobe Regional Hospital you will have the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge and skills in a friendly and well-supported environment.
There are six graduate programs:
- Graduate Nurse Program (Nursing Stream) at Latrobe Regional Hospital.
- Graduate Nurse/Midwife Program (Nursing/Midwifery Stream) at Latrobe Regional Hospital.
- Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program between the acute medical/surgical unit and the acute mental health unit (Nursing Stream) at Latrobe Regional Hospital.
- Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program between Latrobe Regional Hospital and Yarram District Health Service (Nursing Stream).
- Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program between Latrobe Regional Hospital and Latrobe Community Health Service (Nursing Stream).
- Mental Health Postgraduate Nurse Program (Mental Health Stream) at Latrobe Regional Hospital.
Graduate Nurse Program (Nursing Stream)
This is a four month rotation through the general areas of rehabilitation, acute medical/palliative care, acute medical/surgical or orthopaedics. There is a further rotation in acute medical/palliative care, acute medical/surgical or orthopaedics. There is a third rotation in an elective specialty unit.
Electives include four months in either:
- Critical Care
- Health Independence Program
- Hospital in the Home
- Mental Health
- Operating Suite (including two of the following areas: day surgery, anaesthetics, scrub-scout and recovery)
Graduate Nurse/Midwife Program (Nursing/Midwifery Stream)
This program is intended for graduates with a double degree in Nursing and Midwifery. This graduate year is suitable for graduates interested in consolidating their knowledge in both disciplines.
Latrobe Regional Hospital midwifery services consist of an 18-bed women’s health unit with 900 births a year. There is a full range of services, including midwifery antenatal clinic, pre-admission, antenatal, labour and postnatal care, domiciliary care, lactation clinic and a level two special care nursery.
Rotations will include both:
- six months in either medical or surgical, in two separate three-month rotations
- six months in the women’s health unit, in two separate three-month rotations.
Collaborative Graduate Nurse Programs (Nursing Stream)
These programs enable you to practice health care provision through the trajectory of illness. It includes primary/preventative health care, acute inpatient care and care in the patient’s own environment.
There are three separate programs:
Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program between the acute medical/surgical unit and the acute mental health unit.
You will gain experience in the acute medical/surgical unit (Tanjil) and the acute mental health unit (Flynn). The program consists of four 3-month rotations which alternate between medical/surgical and mental health, adding up to a total of six months in each unit. The program is intended for graduates with an interest in both general and mental health nursing.
Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program between Latrobe Regional Hospital and Yarram District Health Service.
You will gain experience in two acute hospitals, one in a regional and the other in a rural setting, combined with a community rotation. The program consists of two, 6-month rotations. Six months will be at Latrobe Regional Hospital in the medical/surgical unit and six months will be at Yarram District Health Service in acute medical, the Urgent Care department, district nursing and community palliative care.
Graduate Nurse Program between Latrobe Regional Hospital and Latrobe Community Health Service.
You will gain experience in an acute hospital and community setting. The program consists of three, 4-month rotations. Eight months will be at Latrobe Regional Hospital in the medical/surgical and the medical/palliative care units and four months will be at the Latrobe Community Health Service in district nursing and community palliative care.
Mental Health Postgraduate Nurse Program (Mental Health Stream)
The 12 month Postgraduate Mental Health Program is designed for nurses who have a strong interest and passion to work in the mental health field. The program has been designed for participants to gain acute inpatient experience, as well as the opportunity to experience a wide variety of mental health services offered in the area.
Current rotations are as follows:
- 2 weeks orientation
- 21 weeks acute adult, Flynn Unit
- 12 weeks acute psychogeriatric, Macalister Unit
- 8 weeks Secured Extended Care Unit
- 4 weeks Consultation Liaison/Emergency Department Team
- 4 week elective of your choice (Adult/Aged/Child and youth community mental health services, mother and baby unit, high dependency assessment unit, perinatal emotional health program, dual diagnosis, suicide prevention program, forensic specialist
- Additional 8 days paid study days
As part of the program, the expectation is that you will enrol in postgraduate studies to complete the Diploma of Mental Health and the opportunity to complete your Master of Mental Health. The program incorporates and articulates directly with the Master of Mental Health through Latrobe University. The course is offered by mixed mode via distance education, face-to-face tutorials and attendance at mandatory study days. Clinical placements including specific objectives and learning opportunities form the basis of our Graduate Program.
Master of Mental Health course structure
The course aims to prepare students as mental health practitioners and has three exit points; certificate, postgraduate diploma and masters level. By completing the program through Latrobe Regional Hospital you will obtain credits for two university subjects.
Our graduate programs have many exciting features:
- challenging and rewarding rotations
- clinical supervision (preceptorship) program
- clinical nurse educators
- individualised attention
- generous number of study days
- ongoing education such as transition programs and postgraduate education.
Click the 'Important Info' tab on this website, then go to 'Current Vacancies'. Either register or login to view and apply for a graduate program position. Alternatively, there are links to graduate positions at the end of this page.
Please submit online:
- a completed application form (available to download, see the link below)
- a photo
- a cover letter
- a résumé, including your contact details, work history, a list of your clinical placements and contact details of three referees (at least one manager and one clinical referee such as a preceptor or supervisor preferred)
- your academic transcript (verified by a member of the School of Nursing and Midwifery OR certified by an authorised person). NB: a university printout of subjects completed (including the study score) instead of a transcript is sufficient at this stage
- recent clinical appraisals: 3 for applicants to any of the programs except the dual Graduate Nurse/Midwifery Program where 4 clinical appraisals are required (2 in nursing and 2 in midwifery)
Nursing Stream, Nursing/Midwifery and Collaborative Nursing Stream applicants will also need to apply online to the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria Nurse Computer Match service: http://computermatching.pmcv.com.au
Mental Health Postgraduate Nurse Program applicants do not need to apply to Nurse Computer Match. You will need to apply online to Latrobe Regional Hospital.
Candidates who are applying privately (ie: candidates who are ineligible to apply through Nurse Computer Match) may still apply online to Latrobe Regional Hospital.
The closing date for applications is Friday 21 July 2017.
Latrobe Regional Hospital will be holding an information evening about all of the programs on Monday 5 June 2017 from 6-8pm. This will be held in the auditorium at the hospital. You do not need to RSVP.
The evening will consist of summaries of all the programs, presentations by current graduates, information stalls about all of the units and facilities involved in the programs, a role-play demonstrating the multiple mini interview technique, hospital tours and supper.
For more information about the graduate programs, please contact one of the following people or click on one of the links below.
Nursing Stream, dual Nursing/Midwifery Stream and Collaborative Programs
Jennie Wood, Graduate Nurse and Midwifery Program Coordinator, Staff Development Unit,
Latrobe Regional Hospital, PO Box 424, Traralgon VIC 3844
Tel: (03) 5173 8598 or 5173 8564
Elise Luders, Education Coordinator Staff Development Unit
Tel: (03) 5173 8502
Mental Health Stream
Linda Waters, Psychiatric Nurse Consultant / Manager Mental Health Professional Development Unit
Latrobe Regional Hospital, PO Box 424, Traralgon VIC 3844
Tel: (03) 5128 0051
Kate Emond, Masters of Mental Health Course Coordinator, Latrobe University
Tel: (03) 5448 9119
Links for further information:
For more information about the Graduate Programs, please click on one of the links below: