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Our Graduate Nurse Program supports graduates to transition from study to becoming confident practitioners. Our 12 month program offers 360-degree support, and creates a community for learning and career development. Specialised interactive workshops will be held offsite during the program to help develop and embed knowledge and capability.



Learning and Development

Graduates will be immersed in a comprehensive 12-month graduate nurse program which offers clinical, personal and professional development.

Specialised interactive workshops will be held offsite during the program to help develop and embed knowledge and capability.


Clinical Mentoring and Buddy Support

Each graduate will be assigned a clinical mentor to support their growth and guide their practice.

Support will also be offered by the clinical practice specialists and the Learning and Organisational Development team.


Online Tools and Resources

Graduates will have access to a range of online resources for their ongoing professional development including AUSMED, MEDITRAX, and ALTURA Learning.


Leadership and Soft Skills Development

The program will focus not only on clinical development but also the importance of soft skills required by nurses. This includes skills such as leadership, resilience and mindfulness.

We want to support our graduates to lead our organisation into the future!


Community and Connection

Graduates will be part of a large community of other graduate nurses, clinical specialists and experienced practitioners from across our organisation and the Health and Residential Care Industry.

RSL LifeCare has appointed a dedicated Graduate Program team to lead and facilitate this community.


Ongoing Feedback and Development Planning

Graduates will be offered ongoing feedback, encouragement and development, both on the job, and through our formal review program.



Program Overview

Learning Topics


Induction Program

Mid-year Dev Day

End-year Dev Day


February July November November
  • Deterioration
  • Hydration & Nutrition
  • Wounds
  • Infection Control
  • Dementia Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Wellbeing & Resilience
  • Adverse Events, Falls
  • Observations, SIRS, Open Disclosure, ISBAR Mental Health
  • Commonly used medications
  • Clinical skills builder: Training provided around key development areas coming out of manager reviews
  • Personal skill builder: Trauma fatigue
  • Leadership skills development: Communication and feedback workshop
  • Clinical skills builder: Development provided around key development areas coming out of manager reviews
  • Personal skills builder: Time management and prioritisation workshop
  • Leadership development: Leading a diverse service workshop
  • Presentation of formal certificate of completion
  • CPD points documentation (20 points)
  • Reward and recognition ceremony
  • 1:1 development planning session: Planning your 2024 development journey with RSL LifeCare
  • Graduate Nurse Program feedback survey


Program Learning Outcomes


  • Manage medication administration safely
  • Provide clinical care services competently
  • Embrace challenges, solve problems and use initiative
  • Effective and efficient communication skills
  • Display professional nursing behaviours
  • Live the RSL LifeCare values
  • Develop people skills and leadership skills
  • Motivation to learn and engage
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Specialised nursing skills development: Dementia care and palliative care



Benefits of our Graduate Nurse Program


Our Graduate Nurse Program includes:

  • A 12-month niche program, supporting on excellence in clinical care
  • Support from your own clinical and onsite mentor and the Learning and Development team
  • Three face to face development workshops in Sydney, all expenses paid
  • Leadership development program to prepare you to be a future leader
  • Competitive salary plus not for profit salary packaging benefits – up to $15,900 tax free, plus $2,650 in tax free meal/entertainment card
  • Accredited development opportunities available after your graduate year, fully funded by RSL LifeCare in partnership with universities
  • Consistent rostering that offers work/life balance
  • Working for us as a carer until you gain your AHPRA registration

Take the first step towards an enriching career with us. Join our Graduate Registered Nurse Program today!



Being a part of the new grad program has given me the confidence and skills to advance my career as a Registered Nurse in Residential Care. Being supported by the Learning & Development team to be able to enable the best possible care for our elderly has been an invaluable experience. I recommend anyone who has finished their nursing degree recently and is interested in Residential Care to definitely apply for this wonderful and supportive program.”

– Talia

“Thanks to this Graduate Nurse program, I have gained valuable insights into dementia care, including the effective use of direction words and providing support. Additionally, I’ve acquired new techniques, such as catheterization and changing batteries in syringe drivers correctly, which have expanded my skillset significantly.”

– Owen

“Graduate Nurse Program has provided me with an excellent grasp of various nursing aspects related to Residential Care, which I will apply daily. Armed with this newfound knowledge, I am determined to make a positive impact in people’s lives. I must also mention that all the mentors were lovely and supportive throughout the journey.”

– Satwika

Registered Nurse Program Graduate Testimonial | Marija Golub

Registered Nurse Program Graduate Testimonial | Monika Sharma

RSL LifeCare a finalist in Best Graduate Development Program – Australian HR Awards 2023

August 2023 – RSL LifeCare’s Graduate Registered Nurse Program has been announced as a finalist in the Australian HR Awards 2023, Best Graduate Development Program category.

The award recognises excellence and innovation in graduate development programs and initiatives in organisations Australia wide. Judged on consultation, strategy, implementation, and results, the winner will be announced on 1 September 2023…

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Undertake a participating certification through the RSL LifeCare Earn and Learn Incentive Program1 and you could be eligible to have your learning fully funded.

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