Graduates and Students

Graduate Program

As a UnitingCare Health graduate with St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital you will have the opportunity to work within ​a world-renowned health care team in one of Queensland’s most complex and high acuity hospital environments. Our 95% retention rate of graduates within the first two years indicates our graduates are committed to providing excellent patient care, and believe UnitingCare Health is a truly great place to work.

Graduate Nurses Program UnightingCare Health

UnitingCare Health is one of the largest not-for-profit private hospital groups in Queensland and is a service group of UnitingCare Queensland, along with UnitingCare Community and Blue Care.

The hospital group is a major provider of healthcare services in Queensland which operates almost 1 000 licensed hospital beds and employs over 4 100 people in its four hospitals:

What sets a UnitingCare Health Graduate Program apart?

Our reputation for graduate support has become a benchmark for other programs within the industry and there are a number of things which set UnitingCare Health apart:

  • High quality hospitals with state of the art facilities
  • Choice of rotations within diverse clinical specialties
  • Options of specialty Perioperative and Oncology Programs
  • A genuinely caring environment with an established network of support services for graduates
  • Extensive educational opportunities including structured graduate study days, formal courses and workshops
  • Planning and establishing a career path beyond your graduate year

Our Graduate Programs

UnitingCare Health offers Graduate Registered Nurse and Enrolled Nurse Programs, dependent upon organisational requirements, at the following hospitals: The Wesley Hospital, St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital and St Stephen’s Hospital.

The graduate programs at each of these hospitals will vary slightly in duration, fortnightly hours of work, and rotations offered. Please see table below for more information on Graduate Registered Nurse and Enrolled Nurse Programs for each facility.

For further hospital information, including graduate brochures and flyers, please click on the relevant hospital link below.

Hospital Program Offered Duration Hours Rotations Offered Intake
The Wesley Hospital 2019 Graduate Registered Nurse Program 12 months (with two 6 month rotations and permanent position upon completion)

Full-time 76 hours/ fortnight 

General Stream:
  • Acute Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Coronary Care
  • Dialysis
  • General Surgery
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Palliative Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory
  • Urology
  • Women’s Health, Plastics & Vascular
 
Peri-operative Stream:
  • Operating Theatre (Scrub/Scout) offered as a full year placement only.
 
Midwifery / Nursing Stream:
This program allows graduates who have dual nursing and midwifery registrations to work across all areas of midwifery, including: labour ward, post-natal and special care nursery; and complete a general nursing rotation.          

Applications for Mid-Year 2019 Program open early 2019.

  2019 Graduate Enrolled Nurse Program

12 months (non rotational placement with permanent position upon completion)

Full-time 76 hours/ fortnight 

Rotations not available – successful candidates will be placed according to hospital requirements

The Wesley Hospital Graduate Enrolled Nurse Programs are advertised regularly throughout the year

St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital 2019 Graduate Registered Nurse Program 12 months (fixed- term) Part-time 64 hours/ fortnight General Stream:
  • Orthopaedics
  • Women’s Health               
  • Neurology
  • Paediatrics
  • Plastics
  • General Surgical
  • Colorectal
  • Rehabilitation
 
Peri-operative Stream:
  • Operating Theatre – Scrub / Scout
  • Post-Anaesthetic Care (Recovery)
  • ​Anaesthetics

Applications for Mid-Year 2019 Program open early 2019.


  2019 Graduate Enrolled Nurse Program 9 months (fixed-term, non-rotational placement) Part-time 64 hours/ fortnight General Stream:
  • Orthopaedics
  • Women’s Health
  • Neurology
  • Paediatrics
  • Plastics
  • General Surgical
  • Colorectal
  • Rehabilitation

Peri-operative Stream:
  • Operating Theatre – Scrub / Scout
  • Post-Anaesthetic Care (Recovery)
  • Endoscopy
  • Cardiac Catheter Lab
  • Day Surgery

Applications for Mid-Year 2019 Program open early 2019.
                        Please note:
  only General Stream is being offered in 2019.

Buderim Private Hospital 2019 Graduate Registered Nurse Program 11 months (fixed term, two 5 ½ month rotations) Part-time 64 hours/ fortnight General Stream:
  • General Surgical, ENT, Gynaecology, Plastics
  • Orthopaedics, Urology, Vascular
  • Rehabilitation
  • General Medical
  • Mental Health

Please note: all areas may not be available for every intake of graduates or every rotation.

Peri-operative Stream:

  • Operating Theatre – Scrub / Scout
  • Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) & Anaesthetics

Maternity / Nursing Stream:
This program allows midwives to work across all areas of midwifery, including birth suite, antenatal, postnatal and special care nursery as well as including a general medical or surgical rotation.

Applications for Mid-Year 2019 Program open early 2019.

  2019 Graduate Enrolled Nurse Program 11 months (fixed term, two 5 ½ month rotations) Part-time 64 hours/ fortnight General Stream:
  • General Surgical, ENT, Gynaecology, Plastics
  • Orthopaedics, Urology, Vascular
  • Rehabilitation
  • General Medical
  • Mental Health

Please note: all areas may not be available for every intake of graduates or every rotation.

Buderim Private Hospital Graduate Enrolled Nurse Programs are advertised regularly throughout the year

St. Stephen’s Hospital 2019 Graduate Registered Nurse Program 12 months (fixed term) Part-time 48-64 hours/ fortnight General Stream:
General Medical and Surgical

Peri-operative Stream:
Operating Theatre – Scrub / Scout

Application Date for 2019 Program to be confirmed.

  2019 Graduate Registered Enrolled Nurse Program 12 months (fixed term) Part-time 48-64 hours/ fortnight General Stream:
General Medical and Surgical

Peri-operative Stream:
Operating Theatre – Scrub / Scout

St Stephens Graduate Enrolled Nurse opportunities are advertised regularly throughout the year