Graduate Nurse Program

St Andrew’s Hospital offers Graduate Registered Nurses (RNs) the opportunity to work in a large private hospital where the breadth of services and case-mix provide a rich learning environment.

Becoming a graduate is an exciting and often daunting time. Our Graduate Nurse Program forms the basis for a successful career in Healthcare as graduates make the transition from student to clinician. We know this is a stressful and often emotional time during which graduates will either re-affirm or change their career goal.

Our Graduate Nurse Program is an important part of our workforce strategy and assists us to ensure we employ the right nurses to fit our culture, help us provide the very best care and service and one day, transition into Nursing Leadership.  

The Learning and Development team across all clinical areas collaborate to provide the graduate with experiences and training that will see them emerge as an independent practitioner.

For many, this is a time during which invaluable lessons are learned, inspiring mentors are identified, and lifelong friendships are developed.

This program is not affiliated with SA Health. A separate application is required for graduates wanting to be considered for a position at St Andrew's.

Why consider St Andrew's for your TPPP?

  • A supportive environment
  • A full-time Graduate Coordinator
  • Comprehensive orientation and scheduled study days throughout the program
  • Site specific eLearning courses to consolidate knowledge and skills
  • 2 ward rotations OR a 12-month Theatre or Recovery/Anaesthetics or Procedural Suite/DOSA Program
  • Preceptor program
  • Flexible rostering practices, enabling staff to nominate their shift preferences to fit with their personal commitments
  • A range of wellbeing programs and opportunities, including an onsite gym, personalised support for employees experiencing mental health challenges, and opportunities for self-directed personal growth through online wellbeing webinars;
  • A Competitive Enterprise Agreement and pay rates
  • Salary Packaging benefits  
  • Uniform allowance
  • On site, undercover, secure car park for staff
  • Additional learning and development opportunities
  • Scholarships to financially support post-graduate studies following completion of the Graduate Nurse Program;
  • A strong focus on supporting the physical and mental health and safety of our workforce through dedicated WHS specialists, programs and locally based staff Health and Safety Representatives in all areas.

    What our patients have said about our Graduate Nurses

    • I would HIGHLY like to thank the graduate nurse who showed a great level of professionalism to ensure my overall care whilst I was a patient at St Andrew’s. NOTHING was too much trouble for her, she would always greet me with a friendly smile and would go above & beyond to make sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed to make my time a pleasurable one. I can see  her going far within her nursing career and wish her all the best for the future. (2020)
    • I recently spent a night in the Critical Care Unit – I would like to tell you how impressed I was with the graduate nurse who cared for me – she was kind, efficient, most reassuring & diligent. Let her know how much I appreciated her professionalism and cheery manner (2020)

    2023 Graduate Nurse Program

    • Applications open 3rd June 2022.
    • Applications close 8am Monday 1st August 2022. 

    Application Instructions 

    • Open the St Andrew's Hospital TPPP APPLICATION GUIDE to access detailed instructions on the appllication process
    • You are required to complete this APPLICATION FORM and upload into the portal when requested
    • Enter the application portal HERE

    Information session

    St Andrew’s will hold a ZOOM information session for interested applicants:

    • TUESDAY 19th JULY at 4pm. 
    • Please register to attend by emailing 
    • You will then receive a ZOOM link closer to the date

    Transition to Professional Practice

    • The program is 52 weeks with start dates staggered throughout January-April 2023
    • Commences with a 5-day comprehensive hospital and area orientation
    • Learning is enhanced through an additional 5 supernumerary study days or equivalent
    • Accrued annual leave can be taken throughout the year
    • Contracted hours are negotiable, usually 60-67.5 hours per fortnight with the ability to work up to full- time (75 hours)
    • Pathways to ongoing employment are available (100% of last year's graduates were offered ongoing employment at St Andrew's).

    Aims of the Program

    To provide the graduate with:

    • opportunities to consolidate and integrate nursing knowledge into practice
    • assistance during the transition from Novice to Advanced Beginner
    • an environment that promotes lifelong professional development
    • supportive preceptors and clinical practitioners
    • competency based performance review systems
    • an environment committed to adult learning principles
    • clinical experience appropriate to the level of competency
    • an understanding of the quality improvement process and influencing change

    To successfully gain a place at St Andrew's, graduates will need to demonstrate:

    • Exemplary customer service to everyone they come in contact with
    • The ability to work as a team and cooperate fully with all staff members
    • An endeavour to improve both themselves and the workplace
    • Application of an excellent knowledge base in the clinical setting
    • Safe practice at all times
    • Requirements of the selection criteria

    Clinical Experience:

    Graduates will be employment for 6 month periods in two of the following areas:

    • General Surgery, Urology and Colorectal Surgery
    • Oncology, Plastics, Gynaecology and Breast Surgery
    • Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Spinal, Vascular, ENT, Gynaecology
    • Intensive Care & High Dependency
    • Cardiac Acute and Step down


    Graduates will be employed for a full year within one of the following areas:

    • Theatre scrub/scout
    • Recovery & Anaesthetics
    • Day Procedure Suite/DOSA  (Day of Surgery Admissions). Rotating through the admission area, stage 2 recovery, scopes


    Kerry Holm Graduate Coordinator 
    Alison Sarles