Nurse Graduate Program

2021 FEBRUARY intake for RNs and ENs

  Applications open 24 June and close 13 July, 2020

Interviews: week of 24 August - 4 September
  Program commences: February 2021

Applications will only be accepted online.

You must select only one stream for the 2020 Graduate Program
(multiple applications are not available) - click on the links below.


Download Graduate Nurse Information  (PDF 915.1KB)

Download Graduate Program FAQs (PDF 442.6KB)  

At the Mater our patients’ care and recovery is our highest priority.

We work in partnership with our patients and their families to take a compassionate and holistic approach to healthcare. We view nurse graduates as our leaders of the future and that is why we invest in developing you clinically, professionally and personally. Our Program assists in linking theory to practice and challenges you to excel.   

To work at the Mater and be part of our Mater nurse graduate program from February 2020, we are looking for remarkable graduate nurses who:

  • Are highly motivated to professional development and quality improvement
  • Have a strong ability to work closely with interdisciplinary teams and provide exceptional "Person Centred Care"
  • Are able to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Are open to respond  to a changing work environment
  • Are accountable for their own practice
  • Have a  commitment to uphold the Mission and Values of St Vincent’s Health Australia

Programs Offered at the Mater

General/Acute Care Graduate Nurse Program (RN & EN)

Rotations including the following specialty areas:

  • Oncology/Medical/Surgical
  • Urology/Gynaecology/Surgical
  • Day Surgery/Day of Surgery Admission Centre
  • Heart/Lung/Vascular/Neurological
  • Joint Replacement/Sports Injury management/Rehabilitation
  • Mater Orthopaedic Day Surgery
  • Obstetrics (RN only)
  • Operating Theatres

Direct Entry Program - Operating Theatres (RN only)

The direct entry into Operating Theatre offers a twelve month placement consisting of time in the following departments:

  • Circulating/Instrument Nurse
  • Anaesthetics
  • Recovery

Direct Entry Program - Critical Care (RN only)

Two rotations: the first rotation is within the Heart/Lung/Vascular/Neuro department followed by the second rotation within the Intensive Care Unit.

Direct Entry Program - Orthopaedics (RN only)

The direct entry into Orthopaedics offers a twelve month placement in the orthopaedic wards. 

Support at the Mater

Graduate Nurses are supported through a number of avenues including:

  • A dedicated Learning and Development Department
  • Clinical Nurse Educators in all departments
  • Supernumerary time for each rotation
  • Clinical Honours whilst undertaking your Graduate Program aligned with the University of Tasmania
  • Protected Teaching Time
  • Preceptors
  • Facilitated debrief sessions
  • Study days
  • Social nights
  • Individualised learning objective plans

Entry Requirements

Must have AHPRA registration before you can commence the program.
Must have the unlimited right to work in Australia

Application Instructions

Convenient Location

The Mater Hospital is conveniently located less than two kilometres from the city and between the restaurants of Crows Nest and the business centre of North Sydney.