Registered Nurse Graduate Program

Our Registered Nurse Graduate Program aims to ensure our graduates are able to effectively manage the responsibilities and routine contingencies of clinical nursing in a safe, timely and professional manner.

The Central Hume Graduate Nurse Program (CHGNP) is a collaboration between, Mansfield District Hospital, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Benalla Health, Tallangatta Health, Yarrawonga Health and Cooinda Village. This collaboration offers a coordinated recruitment and professional development program for Graduates from across the Hume Region.

The CHGNP offers an ongoing professional development program aimed at supporting and assisting early graduates to transition to the workplace. The professional development program includes a pre-employment skills workshop as part of our orientation process, as well as a comprehensive study day program targeting the core goals of the program. Majority of these study days are held at Northeast Health Wangaratta giving MDH Graduates opportunities to network with Graduates from other facilities.

The CHGNP goals are:

  • Demonstration of systematic clinical assessment and decision making skills, necessary for safe effective care of the acutely ill patient and the critically ill patient
  • To practise collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team in a culturally safe manner, valuing ethical behaviour and connecting across boundaries
  • Developing confidence in clinical communication
  • Demonstration of a comprehensive knowledge of the rationales, effects and implications of therapeutic interventions relevant to care of the critically ill patient
  • Evaluation of your own communication practice and leadership using reflective and critical thinking processes

As part of the Central Hume Graduate Nurse Program Mansfield District Hospital offers some unique experiences:

  • Rotations in Aged Care and Acute
  • 3 Graduate positions 0.8 EFT (4 days a week)
  • Individualised support and professional development
  • 1 week Clinical experience at Mt Buller Medical Centre* (subject to arrangement)
  • 4 Days a Week Clinical Nurse Support
  • 3 Day a week Clinical Educator availability
  • Participation in Graduate Nurse specific study days with Graduates from other Regional Hospitals
  • Monthly Graduate specific Reflective Practice/Debrief sessions
  • Opportunity to develop Leadership skills within a supportive environment.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for the rewards and challenges of working in a Rural Health Service


Graduates participate in two rotations across our clinical service areas:

  • Acute Ward:  8 months – including exposure to speciality areas; Urgent Care Centre, Midwifery, Mt Buller Clinic, Operating Theatre, and Recovery.
  • Aged Care 4 Months, Sub Acute Aged Care, including in charge shifts.

Graduates can also apply to participate in our inter-hospital rotation, where Graduates spend 6 months in another Central Hume Graduate Program Hospital to further expand and diversify skills.

If you would like to arrange a visit to our Health Service, please email or phone
03 57758864, you will be warmly welcomed.

Applying for a Registered Nurse Graduate Position:

To apply for a Graduate Nurse position at Mansfield District Hospital graduates must be eligible and meet the essential criteria for PMCV computer match

Application Instructions:

1. Letter of application, addressing the criteria below

  • Why would you like to be considered for the program
  • What you would like to achieve by entering the program

2.  Completed Application for Employment form, (download from Application form for Employment at MDH

3.  Curriculum vitae – including placement history and two professional / clinical referees (please include their work email addresses)

4. Certified copy of academic transcript with results legend

5. 2 X Passport sized photograph

6. Two most recent ACUTE placement reports (not aged care).

7. Current Police and Working with Children checks to be presented at interview. Along with current immunisation record.

Please address letter to:
Ms Anne Jewitt, Director of Clinical Services.

Submit applications via email:

Application dates:
Applications accepted until 5pm Friday 25th November 2022.

For further information Contact:
Rachel Wolfe
MDH Graduate Programs Coordinator
Telephone: 03 5775 8864

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