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What is the RN Graduate Program? 

Bupa is offering newly graduated RNs the opportunity to develop their career in Aged Care. This 12month program covers four placements themes and focuses on the opportunities that exist in the aged care sector. A bit like an internship, this program will support graduates through skill development, critical thinking, and self-reflection. 

How is the program structured? 

Bupa’s Registered Nurse Graduate Program will include four three-month placements covering the following areas of Nursing: 

The components of the program are indicative only and may change. Speak to us about the current program inclusions when you apply for the program.

How does it work? 

Each placement will commence with professional development days (Professional Development Day will be either virtual and/or Face-to-Face delivery to suit cohort size and location), facilitated by the Quality & Education Team. The sessions will focus on induction and each placement theme, allowing for discussion between the graduate cohort. Throughout the 12month period, Registered Nurse Graduates will be supported by an onsite Mentor (Care Home Clinical Manager/Quality & Education Team/Senior Registered Nurse) and remotely with regular virtual check-in meetings with the Quality & Education Team. Each Registered Nurse Graduate will also be supplied with a handbook and learner plan which will assist them to navigate their online learning, assessment pieces, and maintain a reflective journal. 


What happens if I already work for, or start working at Bupa before the Registered Nurse Graduate Program commences? 

If you are an internal Registered Nurse entering the program: you will officially commence the Registered Nurse Graduate Program when program commence.

If you are a carer moving into the Registered Nurse Graduate Program: ensure you have completed your AHPRA Registration when program commence.

If you start with Bupa as a Registered Nurse Graduate prior to the program commencing: commence your AM shifts and complete the standard induction program with your Care Home.  

What is the Registered Nurse Graduate’s Responsibilities?  

While you are part of the Bupa Registered Nurse Graduate Program, responsibilities include all RN role requirements as outlined in the position description, as well as formal learning, preceptorship, and clinical placements within the Care Home. Responsibilities for the 12-month program include: 

  • Attending Professional Development Days
  • Liaise frequently and openly with mentor 
  • Maintain course handbook and reflective journal 
  • Complete scheduled competencies 
  • Work inside their scope of practice and only complete tasks once deemed competent 
  • Complete assigned self-paced learning materials
  • Meet regularly with Quality Services Education Team 


How may the roster work? 

It is envisaged that the roster will work as indicated below. Information about shifts, placement and mentoring are indicative only and may differ depending on the nature and circumstances of the program you are allocated to. Operational requirements may at times necessitate modifications or changes to components of your roster.


  • Registered Nurse Graduate to work Monday - Friday AM shifts for first 6 months 
  • Registered Nurse Graduate NOT to be in-charge for 12 months 
  • Aim to roster in the same community of residents 
  • Placement 3 to be completed in Memory Support Unit (where available) 


  • Placement 1 - 3 completed in the same Care Home
  • Placement 4 (optional) Regional Rotation
  • Each placement commences with Professional Development Days & 1:1 Buddy Shifts
    • Placement 1: 5 Professional Development Days + 5 Buddy Shifts
    • Placement 2: 1.5 Professional Development Days + 1 Buddy Shift
    • Placement 3: 1.5 Professional Development Days + 1 Buddy Shift
    • Placement 4: 1.5 Professional Development Days + 1 Buddy Shift

Mentor & Buddy:

  • Mentor to be expert senior clinician working in the same Care Home (Senior Registered Nurse or Quality and Education Manager) 
  • Buddy to accompany Graduate Registered Nurse on shift may be Mentor or other capable Registered Nurse
  • Mentors will be supported with program led by Quality & Education Team

What happens at the end of the program? 

Upon successful completion of the program, Registered Nurse Graduates may continue in their RN positions, having met BVAC’s employment criteria and standards. There is no guarantee of ongoing employment. Please speak to your manager for further information.

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