Are you a new graduate looking to launch your career as a registered nurse or midwife in 2020? 


GradStart @ NSLHD 

NSLHD is proud to present the GradStart program at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai, Royal North Shore, Ryde and Mona Vale Hospitals as well as Northern Sydney Home Nursing Service and Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services.

Nursing and midwifery at NSLHD is responsive to contemporary challenges and trends in healthcare.  Our facilities and services are fortunate to have skilled and supportive staff providing a dynamic learning environment, allowing newly registered nurses and midwives to become safe and competent practitioners.  Your GradStart experience will be facilitated through interaction with key support people throughout the year, preparing you for the diverse professional world of nursing and midwifery that you are entering.

At NSLHD we offer:

  • Full-time employment
  • An individualised program to meet your needs
  • A supportive learning environment
  • Performance development and review
  • Annual leave


How do I apply?

Applications open:  9 am, Monday 1 July 2019

Applications close:  12 noon, Thursday 18 July 2019

Applications must be submitted through the NSW Health website.


What do I need to know? 

All the information you need to complete your application, including key dates and eligibility criteria, is available in the 2020 GradStart Handbook

You should read this handbook thoroughly before submitting your application.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact one of our Educational Consultants.


When will interviews be held?

Interviews at NSLHD will be held between Monday, 19 August - Friday 13 September 2019. 


What can I expect at interview?

If you have listed a NSLHD facility as your first preference in your application, you will receive an email by Friday 9 August 2019 inviting you to an interview.

You will be interviewed by a panel of 2 or 3 nursing or midwifery staff from NSLHD.  You will be asked a series of questions that relate to the selection criteria (which are listed on page 11 of the Handbook).  You need to think about your clinical experience (either from your clinical placements or work experience as an AIN or EN) and relate this to the selection criteria.  Expect the interview to last around 20 - 30 minutes.


What programs and intakes are available at NSLHD?

The following intakes are available at NSLHD:

  • February:  Midwifery (Royal North Shore Hospital, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital); ICU and Perioperative Streams (Royal North Shore Hospital)
  • March:  NICU (Royal North Shore Hospital); General Streams (Royal North Shore Hospital, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital, Ryde Hospital); Ryde/Cooma Hospital Metro/Rural Exchange; Community Health/General Exchange; Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Nursing
  • July:  General Streams (Royal North Shore Hospital, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, Ryde Hospital); Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Nursing  


Do you have any specialty streams available?

Royal North Shore Hospital offers specialty streams in ICU (February intake), Perioperative (February intake) and NICU (March intake), which are a full 12 months in the specialty area. A limited number of positions are offered and entry is very competitive.

To apply for these streams, please select the following in your application:

  • Select Royal North Shore Hospital as your first Facility Preference.
  • For ICU, select  Intensive Care - Adults/Intensive Care - Paediatrics as your first clinical preference.
  • For NICU, select Intensive Care - Neonatal as your first clinical preference.
  • For Perioperative, select Operating Theatre as your first clinical preference.

Opportunities for a rotation through the Emergency and High Dependency Units are available at Ryde Hospital, while Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital offers opportunities for rotations through Emergency, ICU and Operating Theatres as part of the General Stream. 


Further information  

For further information specific to our different facilities and services, please see the links and contact details of our Educational Consultants below:

​Midwifery (please refer to our flyer here)

​Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

​02 9477 9506

​Royal North Shore Hospital

​02 9463 2136

​Nursing (please refer to our flyer here)

​Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

​02 9926 4496/ 8438 9059

​Royal North Shore Hospital

​02 9926 4670

​Ryde Hospital

​02 9858 7315

​Northern Sydney Home Nursing Service

​02 9887 5623

​Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol

​02 9887 5027


For more information on the GradStart interviews and recruitment process at NSLHD, please contact the NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Directorate on (02) 9462 9486 or email