Graduate Nurse Program

Why choose Fremantle?

We aim to understand and support every graduate’s individual learning needs to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our commitment to you

The Fremantle Hospital and Health Service (FHHS) Graduate Nurse Programs have been specifically designed with the learning needs of the beginning nurse practitioner in mind.

The Staff Development Service actively promotes adult learning and utilises a comprehensive list of resources to assist with translating theory in to practice.

We are committed to facilitating our graduate nurses’ development through the provision of quality, practical-based experiences, educational opportunities, staff development guidance and support.

Program objectives include:

  • advance the skills and knowledge of the novice nurse, enabling them to deliver complex, safe and effective evidence-based care
  • acquire key competencies relevant to the graduate’s work environment
  • enhance the personal and professional skills required to effectively work with multidisciplinary teams
  • engage in projects that directly impact the delivery of patient care through clinical practice improvements
  • assist graduates in developing professional and leadership skills that will enhance their career opportunities and employability
  • orientate the graduate to the culture of health and nursing within a supportive environment.

FHHS Graduate Programs

Fremantle Hospital and Health Service offers three graduate nurse programs.

Graduate Registered Nurse (GRN) Program

This 12 month program has a strong emphasis on application of theory to practice and development of clinical reasoning and leadership skills.

The program includes two, 6-month clinical rotations.

Graduate registered nurses have the option to combine a post graduate university qualification with their GRN program. We are co-badged with the University of Notre Dame Australia to offer the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (external PDF 244KB).

Graduate Enrolled Nurse (GEN) Program

During this 12 month program, the graduate enrolled nurse is educated side-by-side with the graduate registered nurses, reflecting our belief that for enrolled nurses to be able to fulfil their collaborative roles in the assessment of patients and the planning, delivery and evaluation of care, we need to maximise their skills and knowledge.

Graduate enrolled nurses are provided with two, six-month clinical rotations.

State Wide Mental Health Graduate Program (SWMHGP)

This program is an opportunity for graduate registered nurses who are interested in working in the mental health area to build their skills, knowledge and confidence in mental health nursing.

The comprehensive education program includes centralised study days with SWMH GRNs from other sites and local staff development support.

The 12-month program includes four clinical rotations and the opportunity to experience a community placement.

What our graduates say about Fremantle

“I wasn’t just a number, I knew I was important.”

“What a fantastic year, I could not have imagined it being any better.”

“I loved my experience…the skills and knowledge I’ve gained at Fremantle will stay with me throughout my nursing career.”

“Fremantle Hospital is an excellent hospital to work at and learn. Everyone was supportive and friendly.”

How to apply

Applications can be made via the GradConnect (external site).

More information

Answers to frequently asked questions (PDF 115KB) may assist with your query. If not, please email the Fremantle Hospital Graduate Nursing Program team.