Graduate nurse recruitment opens soon

Recruitment for graduate nurse positions in the Department of Health and Human Services will start in September.

Final year UTAS nursing students can apply for positions online at the DHHS website from September 5 for early-2013 positions.

Students will be kept informed and updated as more information becomes available about the recruitment campaign.

Information sessions will be held at the Mersey Community Hospital on August 21, the Launceston General Hospital on August 30 and the Royal Hobart Hospital on September 5.

Those who cannot attend will not be disadvantaged as all the information they need is on the DHHS website.

The exact number of positions is still being determined as the Tasmanian Health Organisations and Statewide and Mental Health Services identify as many positions as possible.

The process for offering new places is complex and the number of positions fluctuates from year to year.

The number of graduate nurses appointed takes into account the skill mix and support requirements of each clinical setting.

There was a surge in the number of positions available in 2009- 2011 mainly due to an increase in the number of vacancies.

DHHS is returning new graduate nurses appointments to a sustainable level but will continue to offer as many positions as possible.

Clinical areas exceeded the 2012 target of 98 positions across the year, with 113 new graduates appointed.

Final year UTAS nursing students have a range of options after graduation.

As in previous years some graduates seek positions with DHHS while others choose opportunities with private hospitals, private practices, aged and community care, private mental health facilities and interstate.

Historically, some nurses undertake additional nursing studies while others seek experience overseas.

Up-to-date information on the Transition to Practice process is available at

Information Sessions


Date: Thursday 30 August 2012

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Venue: Nursing Education Unit, Level 2, Launceston General Hospital


North West

Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Venue: 2D Classroom, 2nd floor, Mersey Community Hospital



Date: Wednesday 5 September 2012

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Venue: Keith Millingen Lecture Theatre, Clinical School, Collins Street, Hobart