What is a Graduate Nurse Program (GNP)?

What is a Graduate Nurse Program and how do I find one?

Many new graduates choose to undertake a 'Graduate Nurse Program' (GNP) within a hospital. A GNP is a program conducted by a hospital to induct new graduates into their new role as a Registered Nurse. In many instances, on-going employment is offered to RNs once they have completed the GNP.

What does a GNP application involve?

In the Northern Territory GNP applications are processed through the Department of Health generally require the following documentation:

  1. Cover letter
  2. GNP application form
  3. Statement addressing selection criteria
  4. Resume
  5. 2x referee reports from preceptors
  6. Academic transcripts to date
  7. Clinical placement evaluations
  8. IELTS (International students)

Specific requirements

Check with each employing organisation regarding their specific requirements. If you cannot supply any of the documentation required or are unsure about anything contact the organisation to seek advice about your application.

After being offered a position in a GNP you will need to provide your employer with certified copies of documents prior to commencement.

  • AHPRA Nursing and/or Midwifery Registration/current practising certificate
  • Evidence of completion of nursing qualification (Academic transcript)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate or evidence of change of name (if applicable)
  • Evidence of Australian Residency or Visa Status (if applicable)
  • Immunisation records
  • Criminal History Check (less than 6 months old)
  • Current Working with Children Check (Ochre Card)

What does a GNP offer me?

  • Structured professional development
  • Specifically designed for new graduates
  • Generally 1 year program
  • Provides an opportunity to work in a number of different roles/areas
  • On-the-job training and mentoring
  • Emphasis on learning and development

How do I find a GNP?

  • Contact the relevant Department of Health in your State or Territory for GNPs in public hospitals
  • Contact private hospitals directly or if they are part of a group (e.g. Healthscope)
  • Contact their recruitment team

Expert Tip:

It is VERY IMPORTANT to follow the instructions and submit ALL documentation requested.

In many instances, applications will not be considered if they do not contain all the necessary supporting documentation.

  • All the required documents must be submitted
  • Present your documents in the order outlined on the application form
  • Start collecting relevant information early
  • Check for any changes to requirements
  • If applying for more than one position keep separate folders and notes for each one