New Graduate Nurse Transition Program

2024 New Graduate Nurse Transition Program

Sydney North Health Network is facilitating the 2024 New Graduate Nurse Transition Program.

NB: applications for the 2024 program have now closed.

If you would like more information about mid-year intakes please email kmcbride@snhn.org.au

2025 intake will open in October. 

This program allows new graduate nurses to be employed in general practice for a period of 12 months.

Employment after that period is at the discrepancy of the nurse and the General Practice

To take part in next year’s program an expression of interest (EOI) must be submitted. This is the process for both new graduate nurses and General Practices.

The Graduate Nurse Transition Program is similar to graduate nurse programs in the tertiary care system.

Throughout the 12-month period of employment you will:

  • Be allocated a dedicated nurse coordinator to provide you with support.
  • Take part in graduate education days.
  • Be able to access online learning modules


To apply for the 2024 New Graduate Nurse Transition Program

You must:

  • Have graduated (or, are about to graduate) from your Nursing degree in 2023/24
  • Have gained registration with AHPRA from January 2024
  • Have a genuine interest to work in primary care / general practice
  • Be committed to attending face-to-face education days and completing online modules
  • Have full working rights in Australia.


Please complete the Expression of Interest below to apply.

Important dates

January 2024 – New Graduate Nurse Transition Program commences

16 October 2023 – Expression of Interest for 2023 New Graduate Nurse Transition Program opens (for Nurses and Practices)

10 December 2023 – Expression of Interest for the 2023 New Graduate Nurse Transition Program closes (for Nurses and Practices)

Mid-November-End December  2023 – Nursing Interviews for the program take place

December 2023- January 2024 – Introduction to designated practice for successful applications takes place

To qualify for the program General Practices must be able to:

  • Offer full-time (38 hours per week) employment to a new graduate registered nurse, for a period of 12 months. (Part-time may be negotiated)
  • Provide a senior nurse (s) who is happy to act in the role of mentor to the new graduate nurse


The practice, senior nurse mentor, and new graduate nurse will be supported by Sydney North Health Network.


This is a structured program. Training includes face-to-face education days, online learning modules, nurses’ network meetings, and access to wider Primary Health Network education and events.


If your practice meets the above criteria, please submit an Expression of Interest by filling in the form below.

    Please enter your practice details:

    Does your practice employ a full-time senior nurse who is happy to act in the role of mentor? (required)

    Important Dates

    1st November – 15 December 2023 – Nurses interviewed by SNHN

    December 2023 – Successful applications introduction to designated practice

    29 January 2024 – Nurse Transition Program commences

    29 January – 9 February 2024 – New graduate is supernumary


    The new graduate nurses will start in the practice from January 2024, once they have received their AHPRA registration.

    If you have any further questions about the program please contact:

    Kerry McBride on T: 02 9432 8283 or E: kmcbride@snhn.org.au

    “The Cottage Surgery has been involved in the program since 2019. We have had 3 graduate nurses placed with us. We have been happy with the nurses, and the support the program has provided both to the nurses and the practice. The program provides online and face-to-face training to help nurses to gain skills in primary care.

    Each graduate nurse has been a good fit for the practice team. They have been engaged in patientcare and quality improvement activities. We would highly recommend this program for other practices.”

    – Dr Kiril Goring-Siebert – The Cottage Surgery

    “I completed my new graduate nursing year through the SNHN transition program. I have always been interested in primary health care nursing. It is an area of nursing I did not think I would be able to enter straight after graduation. The SNHN New Graduate Nurse Transition program makes this possible.

    My new grad year was a very positive experience. My placement was at an excellent general practice in Hunters Hill. The practice is run by a supportive team of GPs and practice nurses that work to achieve the best outcomes for all patients.

    Working as a practice nurse I have gained a wide range of skills. From performing baby health checks, immunisations, and COVID vaccinations, to triaging patients, and, my personal favourite, chronic wound management.

    There are many opportunities to grow and develop your nursing in General Practice. The possibilities seem endless.

    The program coordinator Amy was a great support, guiding me through my first year of nursing. The program provides regular education days designed for practice nursing. It also takes into account areas of particular interest for the participants. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in primary health care.”

    – Charlotte Harkin – Hunters Hill Medical Practice

    “I started the program in 2022 and I found it to be great. SNHN supported me from transitioning from student nurse to registered nurse. Having another nurse as a mentor has helped me to learn the skills I need to work in a general practice”.

    – Manu Bedi, St Ives medical and cosmetic