Graduate nurse and midwife programs

Applications for the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Program 2021 open on Monday 24 August 2020 and close at 11 pm on Sunday 13 September 2020.

The Northern Territory’s (NT) Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs are designed to provide support and education to ease your transition into practice, and allow for professional and personal development. Programs include extended learning opportunities from debriefing session to case study presentations and many other relevant professional development opportunities.

Programs run over a 12-month period and you will enjoy the support of clinical educators, experienced nurses, midwives and clinical coaches throughout that time.

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To be eligible to apply for the 2021 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs you must:

  • Have completed or be due to complete all elements of your nursing or midwifery degree and be eligible for general registration between December 2019 and December 2020.
  • Be registered as an Enrolled Nurse, Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) prior to 30 November 2020 for February 2021 intake or 31 March 2021 for May 2021 intake.**
  • Be an Australian Citizen or hold a visa allowing ongoing, full-time employment in Australia.
  • Have less than 6 months full time equivalent experience as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse and/or registered midwife, as relevant to the approved program of study. Note: experience gained as part of COVID-19 workforces will be not included in calculations of hours.
  • Not have commenced a Graduate Nurse/Midwife program in any other state or territory.

** Meeting the English Language Requirements

Note: if you are required to undertake an English language test to be eligible to gain registration this must be completed by 30 November 2020 for February 2021 intakes or 31 March 2021 for May 2021 intakes. Non completion of this testing by the required deadline will deem your application ineligible.

Priority consideration

The Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) values diversity and aims to achieve a workforce that is representative of the community we serve, and is committed to improving recruitment, retention and career development opportunities for Australian Aboriginals. To support this Special Measures Priority Consideration for Aboriginal applicants applies to the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs.

In line with the NT’s Strategic Plans, applications are considered in the following priority order:

  • Aboriginal and NT Resident Graduates
  • Interstate Resident Graduates
  • International Student Graduate

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted in full, online via the Northern Territory Government Employment Opportunities Online website, by 11 pm on 13 September 2020. Only online applications will be accepted.

Please refer to the Applicant Information Pack for more detail on how to prepare your application.

Download the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Program Clinical Referee Report form.

Once you have prepared all of your documentation and are ready to submit your application visit the careers website and locate the GNMP application.
Complete all of the required information in the application portal and then upload your documentation.

Please note the panel aims to finalise the process within 6 weeks of applications closing, so please be patient and know that we will update as soon as the process is finalised!

The Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs are designed to provide support and education to ease your transition into practice, and allow for professional and personal development. Programs include debriefing sessions, case study presentations and many relevant professional development opportunities. You will have support through clinical educators, experienced nurses, midwives and clinical coaches.

Programs run over a 12-month period. Employment is offered on a full-time basis (38 hours per week). Requests for part-time employment will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There are two commencement dates in 2021 early February and early May.

The NT Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs take place at:

  • Royal Darwin Hospital/Palmerston Regional Hospital
  • Alice Springs Hospital
  • Tennant Creek Hospital
  • Katherine Hospital.

There are a large range of clinical rotations available as part of the program. You will be allocated to a specific rotation plan at the beginning of your program. A small number of nursing clinical rotations may also be available through Gove District Hospital, Tennant Creek Hospital, aged care facilities and community health centres.

Nursing graduates are generally allocated two six-month clinical rotations. However some hospitals and clinical areas have 12-month specialty clinical rotations. Nursing clinical rotations include medical, surgical and specialty areas such as:

  • intensive care
  • operating theatres
  • emergency department
  • special care nursery and pediatrics
  • renal dialysis
  • mental health services
  • cancer care services.

Midwifery graduates are generally allocated three or four clinical rotations depending on the hospital and clinical area. Midwifery rotations include antenatal, birthing, postnatal and domiciliary care.

If you have identified a particular clinical specialty that you wish to work in, you can request to complete a clinical rotation in that specialty in your cover letter. However, we cannot guarantee clinical rotations.

Once the program is complete, nurses and midwives receive a certificate to validate participation in the formal transition to practice program. To secure ongoing employment, you will be required to apply for available vacant positions.

Last updated: 19 August 2020

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