Graduate Programs

Applications for our 2025 Graduate Nurse Program (RN and EEN) and Graduate Midwife Program are now OPEN and applications close Friday 27 July 2024.

Graduate Nurse Program
(Medical/Surgical Wards and Perioperative Streams) 

Our Graduate Nurse Program supports, guides and enables you to develop your professional and personal skills in our caring and community-focused, not-for-profit organisation. We recognise that clinical support is critical to your transition and development.

A snapshot of our program:
  • We offer a 2-year maximum term contract
  • Part-time position at 60 hours per fortnight (0.8 EFT)
  • Ward rotations in general medical and surgical units with opportunities to experience HDU, Day Infusion, Dialysis, Theatre and Maternity OR we also offer direct entry into the Perioperative Graduate Program if this is your preference
  • Supernumerary days are offered during the first week and include a comprehensive two-day orientation designed to prepare you for clinical work. This also includes core clinical competencies such as basic life support, infection control and manual handling. You will then commence your first rotation with a reduced patient load to facilitate your entry into the nursing profession.
  • Structured study days throughout the year
  • Access to onsite education, debrief sessions, feedback and appraisals
  • Professional development support from dedicated preceptors and clinical nurse educators.

Graduate Midwife Program

Our Graduate Midwife Program is designed to enable you to develop your professional midwifery skills and strive for the highest standard of practice and learning in our caring and community-focused, not-for-profit organisation.

We have a beautiful modern maternity unit that contains 3 birthing suites, a Special Care Nursery and 10 ante and post-natal maternity beds.

A snapshot of our program:
  • We offer a 2-year maximum term contract
  • Supernumerary time is offered at the commencement of the program and in the birthing suite
  • Extensive educational opportunities are offered, including Neonatal Resuscitation workshops, obstetric emergencies and foetal surveillance.
  • Professional development opportunities for you to continue working as a midwife at the completion of the graduate midwife program
  • Structured study days throughout the year
  • Regular tutorials, debrief sessions, feedback and appraisals
  • Professional development support from our award-winning maternity unit

Application process

Applications for our Graduate RN Program open on Friday 5 July and close on Friday 26 July 2024.

All applicants will be required to submit a cover letter and current resume via the SEEK links below.  Note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Graduate RN (Ward & Theatre)

Graduate EEN (Ward)

Graduate Midwife

Once we receive your application, you will receive a reply from generic email requesting the documentation below:

  • Copies of your clinical placement reports
  • Academic transcript to date

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a face to face interview which will be held on-site at The Bays Hospital, in Mornington in August 2024.

At the time of interview, you will be required to provide two clinical referees which must be a clinical educator/teacher, preceptor, or senior nurse that you reported to on a clinical placement.

Please note a current and satisfactory police check and working with children check (employee) is required prior to commencement.  This role must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and meet the requirements of The Bays Staff Health policy.

Please note we are unable to provide sponsorship for graduate positions and all candidates must have full working rights in Australia.

Enquiries & Information Evening

Join us for a Graduate Program information evening at The Bays Hospital, Vale Street, Mornington on Wednesday 17 July from 6pm – 7pm.  Please RSVP to stating your preference for the Graduate Nurse (RN or EEN) or Graduate Midwife program.

Email any queries to or contact our Clinical Education team by phone 5976 5247.