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Graduate Study Days

There are four compulsory graduate study days during the year.

The topics have a strong clinical focus and are based on feedback from Graduates. We try to incorporate as many practical elements as possible to assist with transfer and application of learning back to the clinical settings. Presentations include: wound management, ECG interpretation, Medication Safety, access devices, blood transfusion and many more. During the year we incorporate time in our Human Simulator Centre on three of the four study days.

Study days are a great chance to catch up and debrief with fellow Graduates. Under the Victorian Nurses Award you are entitled to a fifth paid study day. You are welcome to join any of our other study days, courses or programs, or enrol in a professional development activity offered externally. Prior to enrolling you will need to discuss your request to attend a study day with your NUM. 

Human Simulator Centre

St Vincent’s state of the art human simulator is housed within our education centre which is fully equipped with the latest multimedia and virtual training technology. We have two functional SIM rooms.  Our mannequins provide staff with the opportunity to expand their skills in a safe learning environment.

The mannequin mirrors as close as is currently possible, the physiological and pharmacological reactions of a human. They breathe, have pulses and can respond to medications, CPR, defibrillation, intubation, ventilation and many other procedures.

Nursing Forum

All graduates need to attend a minimum of 6 Nursing Forums within the 12 months of employment. Each week a presenter will discuss a topic related to nursing practice and knowledge, which is relevant to all nurses.  Attendance at Nursing Forum accrues 45 minutes to Continuing Professional Development time. Nursing Forum is held every Thursday.

Health Service Wide Education

As a major teaching organisation, we have an extensive range of programs available during the year for nursing staff to further their professional development. St Vincent’s can offer you numerous education opportunities after your graduate year. These range from workshops to postgraduate studies. Further details can be found on our website via this link Continuing Education

Care of the Older Person Graduate Nurse Program

St Vincent’s St Georges campus, Kew and Cambridge House offer a specialised Graduate Nurse Program that focuses on care of the older person.

The program includes 2 six month rotations. Clinical placements will be provided in the Ellerslie unit at St Georges and Cambridge House our aged care facility in Collingwood.

The program commences in January / February each year and recruitment for this program will take place post completion of the PMCV process in October 2015.

For further information on the program please contact: Jill Dunn, Nurse Unit Manager, Ellerslie Unit, St Georges, (03)98160471 or email
Abha Kumar, Nurse Unit Manager, Cambridge House. (03) 94176021 or email or email the Graduate Nurse Coordinator at

Aboriginal Graduate Nurse Program

St Vincent’s officially commenced a dedicated Aboriginal Graduate Nurse Program in 2014, to ensure a seamless transition into nursing for Aboriginal Graduate Nurses. Our current 2015 program offers 2 six month rotations with candidates supported by a Practice Development Nurse. The hospital provides cultural mentorship and clinical support to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Nurses.

Aboriginal GNP at St Vincent's in 2016 - to be advised.

For further information on the program please email the Graduate Nurse Coordinator at 

Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

St Vincent’s Mental Health Unit has a unique and highly specialised Graduate Nurse Program to address the needs of new practitioners in Mental Health.

The program includes 2 rotations and clinical placements will be provided in the acute adult in-patient service, community mental health services and aged mental health.

The program commences in January each year. For further information or an informal visit, please contact: Terri Hunt, Clinical Nurse Educator, (03) 9231 4122 or email

Open Evening 12 May 2015, 4pm - 6pm.

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