Nursing programs

PCH's Department of Paediatric Nursing Education runs the following nursing programs:

Registered Nurse Graduate Program

Fast facts:  

  • 12-month program
  • two intakes per year (one in February and one in August)
  • two six-month rotations to a variety of clinical areas
  • five-day graduate nurse orientation followed by seven paid study days to enhance role development, reflective practice and clinical knowledge 
  • monthly guided tutorials to encourage and facilitate peer support and sharing of experiences
  • supernumerary days at commencement in each area
  • support from selected preceptors in each area
  • ward-based learning opportunities, which are enhanced by the Clinical Development Nurse
  • participants are overseen and supported throughout the program by the Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator. 

On completion of the program there is an opportunity to apply for a position in the following PCH specialisation programs: 

  • Professional Development Program 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma/Master in Child and Adolescent Health (PCH/Curtin) 
  • Postgraduate Diploma/Master in Nursing (PCH/Curtin)
  • Master in Clinical Nursing – Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing (PCH/Curtin) 


PCH seeks to employ graduate registered nurses who: 

  • Demonstrate evidence of achievement of ANMC competencies.
  • Show a keen interest in caring for children and their families. 

Recruitment for the Perth Children’s Hospital Graduate Nurse Program occurs through the Department of Health GradConnect program (external link)

Further information is available from: 

  • Department of Health website  
  • Career offices at Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, University of Notre Dame, Murdoch University and University of Western Australia
  • PCH Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator.

Registered Nurse Second Year Professional Development Program

The purpose of this 12 month program is to provide the community with registered nurses who have developed skills in leadership and preceptorship, and increased knowledge and skills in caring for children and their families. 

The program aims to enhance recruitment and retention of early practitioners at Perth Children’s Hospital and provide skilled registered nurses in a supportive learning environment. Entry will enable the second year registered nurse to develop to their full potential, evolving in their practice to the level of a confident, competent registered nurse.

The program outcomes are that participants will: 

  • develop and consolidate clinical nursing skills
  • demonstrate increased confidence and competence in the care of children and families 
  • develop leadership and preceptorship skills 
  • demonstrate enhanced critical thinking in the clinical area.

Fast facts:

  • 12-month program
  • one 12-month clinical placement involving a broad paediatric nursing experience
  • a delegated preceptor(s) in the clinical area for the 12-month period
  • program orientation – one day
  • hospital and nursing induction
  • workplace aggression and violence education
  • paediatric life support and simulation training 
  • preceptor study day
  • shift coordinator study day
  • two clinical practice update study days (program nurse’s choice) 
  • eleven tutorials in the 12-month program focusing on: professional and clinical development; leadership development; assessment and management of the seriously ill child and shared experiential learning
  • performance development tool
  • case study or clinical incident presentation
  • Second Year Professional Development Program Certificate of Completion provided on completion of the program.

Selection criteria 

The selection criteria for applications are: 
  1. Registered in Division 1 (Registered Nurse) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), as supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  2. Between 12 and 24 months experience as a registered nurse.
  3. Demonstrated relevant clinical skills and ability to provide competent nursing care. 
  4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team environment. 
  5. Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. Demonstrated ability to undertake patient/ carer teaching.
  7. Demonstrated understanding of the Continuous Quality Improvement Process.
  8. Current knowledge of legislative and regulatory requirements relevant to nursing
  9. Current knowledge of Equal Opportunity, Disability Services and Occupational Safety and Health and how these impact on an individual’s nursing practice, employment and people management.

Application information 

Positions will be advertised on the Jobs WA website. The following documents must be submitted to support your application:

  1. introductory letter 
  2. statement addressing selection criteria 
  3. curriculum vitae 
  4. copy of current nursing registration 
  5. name and address. 

Further enquiries

Coordinator, Professional Development Program
Department of Paediatric Nursing Education

By email (click to reveal) 

By post: 
Perth Children’s Hospital
Locked Bag 2010
Nedlands, Western Australia 6909