Graduate Registered Nurse Program

New Graduate Registered Nurse Programs

Join a team of trained and professional staff in the Nambucca or Macleay Valleys and make a difference to the lives of people each and every day.

Our programs are structured to develop your confidence and competence and provide greater career opportunities upon completion.

Employment opportunities within this sector are significant as it is the largest growth industry in healthcare. NVC’s Graduate Nurse Programs are designed to assist recently qualified Registered Nurses during their initial transition period into the workforce.

As a NVC Graduate Nurse you have access to:

  • Challenging and rewarding work
  • Opportunity to work in residential and community care nursing.
  • Excellent salary packaging options
  • Values driven environment
  • Continuing education and career advancement.
  • Development of essential skills including working autonomously and early opportunities to explore leadership roles.

At NVC we are proud to offer two new graduate registered nurse programs and an Allied Heath New Graduate program.

NVC Registered Nurse Collaboration Program

NVCs Registered Nurse Collaboration Program is designed to open doors into the many facets of nursing care.

NVC prides itself on its ability to help a graduate help realise their potential through providing:

  • Comprehensive orientation and preceptorship support
  • Rich clinical experience
  • Exposure to a variety of nursing environments
  • Assist in the development of diverse and complementary skills, by linking two different clinical environments
  • Expose and experience working with a variety of specialisations.

Participants embark on a 12-month rotational program, comprised of:

6 months
working in aged Care
at NVC

6 months
working in acute care
MNCLHD – Macksville Hospital

The program provides the clinical environment and theoretical framework within which the newly Registered Nurse is able to develop and consolidate nursing management and organisational skills.

This program aims to improve human resource management and workforce development strategies across both organisations, while highlighting Aged Care as a speciality.

Some of the benefits include:

Improved clinical assessment skills

Aligned clinical standards between acute and aged care

Improved communication between the two organisations

Sustaining a workforce for the future

Better understanding of dementia in the acute setting

Aged Care Specialty New Graduate Program

NVC’s New Graduate Program is a 24-month specialty program designed to assist new graduates in their transition from study to nursing practice.

It offers graduates the chance to experience specialty areas such as:

  • Palliative Care
  • Dementia
  • Complex and chronic care
  • Specialty funding systems such as ACFI
  • Quality and accreditation
  • Leadership and mentoring
  • Specialised wound care

First graduate year

Provides new graduates with the foundation to excel and grow within the aged care specialty. It offers the chance to experience many aspects within the growing area of aged care and provides many opportunities to expand your career.

Second graduate year

This Program is tailored specifically to you as an individual.  Your Senior Educator and Manager will work closely with you to develop a unique portfolio. This supportive second year program builds on the knowledge acquired in first year and progresses into advanced practices.

Allied Health New Graduate Program

Our Allied Health New Graduate Program is a 12-month structured program to support new Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapists whilst they transition into the workplace.

New Graduates will be supported to develop their skills within both the community setting and residential aged care setting.

Graduates will have the support of senior mentors and will be given the foundation knowledge and tools needed to grow and excel in the specialty area of aged care.

Regular education will be available with targeted education days throughout the year. This education will be centered on activities including daily living, pain management, pressure area and positioning and home modification whilst working in a multidisciplinary team.

Recruitment process


Complete and submit an online application


If your application is shortlisted, you will be offered an interview

Referee check

Please nominate a past supervisor and clinician you have worked with in your application

Offer of employment

You will be advised if you have been successful shortly after the interviews have been completed


When is the start date?

The graduate program commences at the beginning of each year, the official date is provided in the letter of offer.

Do you have a midyear intake?

Yes, NVC offer a midyear intake to graduates.

Does the organisation have salary sacrifice?

Yes, NVC offer attractive salary sacrifice options to employees.

Graduate Support

It can be daunting commencing your new graduate position after 3 years of study. At NVC we believe a strong network of support provides our graduates with a solid foundation for learning, growing and thriving.

We accomplish this by many support systems including:

  • Senior Educator
  • Executive Care Manager
  • Senior Registered Nurses
  • Supportive managers who are Registered Nurses
  • Human resources
  • Mentors

Learning & Development

NVC believe learning and development is one of the most important aspects of a new graduate year.

NVC are passionate about our education program and believe supporting the new graduate registered nurses through education and reflection is a priority.

There are ten dedicated education days within the program, all topics for the training days are selected carefully to stimulate learning and provide support within the first year.

The education program at NVC Group is of a high standard and encompasses a wide range of topics and clinical scenarios, which support all graduates in the workplace.

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The Ageing Process and Communication

This provides an introduction to aged care, a closer look at the ageing body and how this reflects in the clinical setting. Education centered on communication also equips the graduate with the tools to successfully work within a multidisciplinary environment.

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Foundations of Dementia

This day provides an insight into what the umbrella term ‘dementia’ actually is, and how many forms of dementia there are.

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Mid North Coast Simulation Van

Part of the Mid North Coast Health District, the simulation lab provides practical scenario sessions with a simulation dummy providing a real life look at clinical situations.

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Chronic Care Needs and Clinical Skills

Chronic care needs is a growing area in health. This education topic gives graduates a look into the latest evidence based practice within chronic care.

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Wound Care basics and advanced

This education supports the learning of basic wound care and then progresses onto more advanced concepts, including dressings and what to use.

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The Palliative Approach

The palliative approach is a system adopted by Nambucca Valley Care to provide a more holistic palliative pathway. This topic provides a foundation for a graduate to deliver better nursing care.

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Leadership and Management

This topic gives an insight into how a registered nurse can show leadership on the floor in any setting using both practical skills and knowledge.

Other education

Other forms of education in the workplace include:

  • In-services
  • Clinical meetings
  • Mandatory Training
  • Individualised education and formulated pathways
  • Induction and buddy shifts
  • Regular evaluation and support meetings
  • ELearning platform including mandatory, clinical and community modules


Contact details

Human Resource Manager
(02) 6598 5000

Jenny Zirkler
0458 223 062

Karen Louise
0400 014 001