Registered Nurse Transition Program

Registered Nurse Transition Program

The Registered Nurse Transition Program equips newly graduated Registered Nurses with the skills and confidence to excel in nursing. Within this 12 month program Nurses are supported and empowered to provide safe, efficient and effective nursing in what is their foundational, first year of practice.

We are firmly committed to the delivery of innovative and evidence-based practice in a supportive learning environment. We are passionate about providing a positive, challenging, enjoyable and inspiring workplace that has a lot to offer.

The Registered Nurse Transition Program is offered at St Vincent’s Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital. The program is called GradStart within NSW Health.

Program Information

Applications for a Registered Nurse Transition Program are lodged through the NSW Ministry of Health.

Please indicate your preferred hospital as your first preference. Selecting only one hospital will not give you preference for both St Vincent’s Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital.

Applications for all intakes in 2021 have closed.

For further information regarding the application process, important dates and eligibility criteria please refer to Ministry of Health website:

The St Vincent’s Health Network Transition Program offers:

  • Part Time working 30 hours per week
  • A comprehensive hospital, nursing and transition program orientation program
  • Extended ward orientation and supernumerary time
  • Weekly Continuing Professional Development sessions
  • Ongoing Clinical Supervision/Debrief sessions
  • Minimum of two full day study days (paid), with opportunities for more
  • Rotation in two clinical areas or within a dedicated stream
  • Education and support from a dedicated full-time Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Educators in each area
  • After hours Clinical Nurse Educators provide education and guidance on evening shifts and the weekend (St Vincent’s only).
  • Preceptorship Model
  • Frequent ward/unit based education
  • Access to courses and skills development workshops facilitated by the Nursing Education & Development Centre (paid)
  • Staff wellness opportunities such as fitness passport, meditation, Salary packaging and more
  • Support and assistance with career planning
  • Streamlined recruitment post program offering high retention rates
  • Post program educational and career development opportunities

There are four intakes throughout the year:

  • February
  • March
  • April
  • August

Click here for further information on our St Vincent's Hospital Program. (PDF 1.6MB)

Click here for further information on our St Joseph's Hospital Program. (PDF 1.2MB)

St Vincent’s Health Network Transition Program Brochure

Click here to download.

Position Documents

AHO Award

RN Position Description

For more information on the Registered Nurse Transition Program please contact the Registered Nurse Transition Program Nurse Educator

Tel:02 8382 2363


Enquiry - Nurse Educator, Transition Program


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