Graduate Registered Nurse Program

Yarrawonga Health offers first year Registered Nurses a unique and exciting program designed to enhance knowledge, confidence and dexterity in the clinical environment, promote autonomous practice and develop resilience. We aim to ensure our graduates develop skills that can be used in a variety of settings within the organisation and be able to effectively manage the responsibilities and routine contingencies of clinical nursing in a safe, timely and professional manner.

Yarrawonga Health Graduate Nurse Program participates in the Central Hume Graduate Nurse Program (CHGNP) in collaboration with Benalla Health, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Mansfield District Hospital, Tallangatta Health and Cooinda Village.

The CHGNP offers an ongoing professional development program aimed at assisting early graduates to transition to the workplace with regular professional development days targeting the core goals of the program and where all CHGNP graduates meet as a group.

What our Graduate Nurses say…

For further information please contact:

Leanne Tanner
Education Coordinator / Clinical Support Nurse
Ph: 03 5743 8166

Applications can be sent to:

Leanne Tanner
Education Coordinator / Clinical Support Nurse

33 Piper Street
Yarrawonga VIC 3730

Frequently Asked Questions

How many graduate positions are available?

  • 6 Registered Nursing positions

How do I apply?

  • The process is the same for all Graduate applicants. It is a two step process where you will need to apply to each facility individually as well as being registered with the Allocation & Placement Service (APS) via
  • Application information and requirements, including a 2024 Graduate Handbook, are available at Allocation & Placement Service (APS) website (
  • The Candidate Handbook can be found here.
  • Information about the application process will appear here when applications are open.

When are applications open?

  • Applications for the 2024 YH Graduate Nurse Program open on Monday 27 May 2024 and close on Friday 21 June 2024

When and where will interviews be held?

  • Interviews will be a mix of online and face-to-face, with dates and details to be confirmed once applications close.

Eligible Candidates?

  • For detailed information surrounding elegibility, please check the 2024 Candidate Handbook at

When does the graduate year commence?

  • YH has one intake in February, with flexible intakes after that.

Registered Graduate Nurses Program

  • Our aim is to consolidate your foundation skills during your first year through rotations across Acute Services, Aged Care and Community.

Am I employed part-time?

  • At YH, Graduates are employed at 64 hours per fortnight (0.8 FTE). You will be provided with a contract to sign prior to your commencement at YH.

What shifts do I work during the graduate program?

  • Yarrawonga Health is a 24 hour/ 7 day facility. So expect to work a mixture of weekdays, weekends and a variety of shift times.
    • Morning (AM) 0700 - 1530
    • Afternoon (PM) 1300 - 2130
    • Night (ND) 2100 - 0730

What study days do I attend?

  • All graduate Registered Nurses will receive professional development days.

What support does YH offer during the Graduate Program?

  • Clinical Support Nurses will help you with your clinical skills development.
  • Clinical Education team who help to plan your education and study days.
  • NUM’s, ANUM’s, CNS’s, RN’s and EN’s and members of the multidisciplinary team are always happy to support your clinical needs and professional development
  • Up to 2 weeks of supernumerary shifts
  • Graduate Debriefing Sessions
  • Allocated Graduate Study Days
  • Pathways planning
  • Ongoing emotional/wellbeing support as required
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • EziWay Salary Packaging

What opportunities are available after the Graduate Program?

There are opportunities for ongoing contracts once your Graduate Program has finished. Towards the end of your year, we recommend that you start applying for positions as they become available.

Post Graduate Opportunities

  • Yarrawonga Health supports further education including postgraduate studies. The Yarrawonga Health 2nd Graduate year program may offer:
    • First Line Emergency Care Course (FLEC)
    • Triage Workshop
    • Clinical Supervision Introductory training.
    • Comprehensive Care of the Older Person
  • After your 2nd Graduate year at Yarrawonga Health, post graduate opportunities are offered such as Acute Care Nursing
    • Peri-Operative Nursing
    • Gerontology
    • or any identified by the learner.

What is the selection criteria?

  • Letter of application
  • CV, including placement history
  • 2 clinical referees i.e.
    • Nurse Unit Manager
    • Clinical Nurse Consultant
    • Clinical Nurse Educator
    • Clinical Facilitator
    • Clinical Support Nurse
    • Please include workplace email addresses, will be entered onto the Allocation and Placement Service (APS) Website as part of your application.
  • Copy of most recent academic transcript with results legend
  • Passport sized color photograph
  • Two most recent Acute full clinical placement reports- that must be inclusive of interim and final reports & may include 2nd or 3rd year reports.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide Yarrawonga Health with:

  • Current Police Check
  • Working with Children's Check
  • Immunisation record
  • Certified Academic Transcript with results legend
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check 

Who can I contact for more information?

Leanne Tanner
Education Coordinator / Clinical Support Nurse