New graduate Program – Registered Nurse

Children’s Health Queensland is a specialist statewide hospital and health service dedicated to caring for children and young people from across Queensland and northern New South Wales.

We are committed to collaborating with all of our healthcare partners, most importantly families, to ensure we consistently deliver safe, high-quality patient and family-centred care.

A recognised leader in paediatric healthcare, education and research, Children’s Health Queensland delivers a full range of clinical services, tertiary level care and health promotion programs.

Queensland Children’s Hospital offers opportunities for new Graduate Registered Nurses to undertake positions in Acute paediatrics. All recruitment for graduate positions will be via the Queensland Health Nursing Graduate Portal.

The graduate program is designed to introduce and build on core concepts related to specialty paediatric nursing in a supportive and educational environment.
The 12-month New Graduate Programs includes:

  • A 7-day orientation program as well as dedicated supernumerary time in clinical areas
  • Dedicated graduate study days during the graduate year
  • Bedside teaching and support to assist new graduate’s integration into the clinical environment
  • Clinical teaching and education opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge with a dedicated education team to support graduates
  • Preceptor/mentorship programs
The Transition to Paediatric Practice Programs are completed alongside the QCH Graduate program. The programs have been designed to provide the RN with learning experiences to extend their knowledge, skills and attitudes in a paediatric area of practice.

Paediatric nurses are assisted to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to facilitate their practice as a competent paediatric nurse providing a foundation to specialisation and effectively function within a multidisciplinary team or independently for a range of issues in a variety of paediatric settings.

The programs have been developed within the context of contemporary paediatric practice and provides a structured process through which the core knowledge and skills of paediatric nursing are developed. The program promotes the unique needs of the paediatric population and supports optimal patient outcomes through the development of a safe and competent workforce. The program consists of theoretical learning, skills based learning, theory and skills based assessment over the 12 month period. Successful completion of a program may articulate to credit towards a Graduate Certificate in Paediatrics or other specialty post graduate course at some universities.

Clinical areas may include:

  • General surgery / burns
  • Orthopaedic / Neurosurgery
  • Short Stay 24hr
  • Perioperative Unit

Critical care

  • Emergency
  • Cardiac Med / Surg


  • General Medical
  • Oncology / Haematology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Babies

Mental Health

  • Adolescent rotation
  • Child rotation

Frequently asked questions

  • Read and follow the directions on the QH Graduate Prospectus
  • Upload your application by the due date as no late applications accepted
  • Ensure your contact details are accurately entered on your application
  • Ensure you read emails (including junk mail) for invitations to complete further district specific questionnaires  and interview dates and times
  • All applicants are recruited on merit-based process
  • We understand it is not possible for all students to have placement at QCH
  • QCH requires all applicants invited to interview to attend in person on the identified date
  • Dates and times still to be identified
  • Clinical reference from one of your clinical facilators from your final year
  • Work reference from line manager where you have been employed (this does not need to be clinical)
  • Passport
  • Drivers licence
  • Clinical placement reports last 2
  • Preference for Peri operative unit and mental health must be identified at application
  • Ward areas preferences are taken into consideration but not confirmed until recruitment process completed
  • Final decisions on recruitment outcomes and placement are not able to be negotiated.
  • Perioperative unit rotation within the department only
  • Mental health rotation within mental health only
  • Currently there are no rotations planned for other areas
  • There is the opportunity to apply for vacant positions in any of areas in Children’s Health QLD including ICU