Nursing and Midwifery
Nurses and midwives deliver care 24/7 within our health service. Making up almost 50 per cent of our work force, our nurses and midwives are at all stages of their professional careers. From new graduates to nurse practitioners, the career opportunities at Townsville HHS are second to none.
Working in North Queensland with the North’s only tertiary-referral facility, our nurses and midwives care for a wide variety of health needs with no two days the same. There are opportunities to deliver care in the community, in rural locations, as well as the opportunity to specialise.
In addition to numerous career pathways, our HHS is proud to have a state-of-the-art research facility and dedicated research support unit to assist our staff with their research. The HHS also works closely with James Cook University, with a Professor of Nursing and Midwifery role jointly appointed to make critical contributions to outcomes for the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research.
Find out more about nursing and midwifery at Townsville HHS
How to apply
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For health professionals, education is support through life-long learning principles. Here at the Townsville HHS, we are committed to continuing the professional development of a workforce that is reflective of the community demographic, is appropriately skilled, and able to meet the changing needs of our community into the future.
We have a number of opportunities to allow our staff to work to their full scope of practice, including undertaking advanced procedures and using of state-of-the-art systems and equipment.
Nursing and midwifery staff also have access to three days professional development leave (pro rata for part-time) to assist in meeting continuing professional development requirements. Financial assistance is provided biannually directly to employees.
Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Program
Our Graduate Nurse and Midwifery Program is designed to facilitate the transition of new graduates into their roles as registered nurses or midwives. The program integrates clinical and practical throughout a graduate’s first year of practice, providing support and guidance within a dynamic clinical setting. Our program provides a unique basis where individuals can realise early-career specialisation and diverse clinical and knowledge skills within an array of areas.
The program, conducted over 12 months, offers graduate positions in various clinical specialities. The program is fully supported and provides:
- Graduate orientation and onboarding
- Mandatory education days
- Facilitated reflection and debriefing sessions
- Sound clinical partnership and mentoring
- Support skill acquisition
- Facilitated education forums.
Graduate positions are available in units within a large hospital, with others based in regional centres, smaller regional facilities and primary health care centres.
Surgical Service Group
Cardiac Catheterisation Lab
Coronary Care Unit
Intensive Care Unit
Surgical 1 (Orthopaedics/Ophthalmology/Gynaecology)
Surgical 2 (General Surgical)
Surgical 3 (Neurosurgical/Ear, Nose and Throat)
Surgical Clinical Decision Unit
Planned Procedure Unit
Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit
Medical Imaging Department
Medical Service Group
Short Stay Unit
Medical 1 (Renal, Respiratory and Gastroenterology)
Medical 2 (Endocrinology and Rheumatology)
Medical 3 (Acute Assessment Unit and Neurology)
Medical 5 (Dementia and Delirium)
Palliative Care Centre
Renal Satellite Unit (North Ward)
Sub Acute Care Unit
Rural and Indigenous Service Group
Ayr (nursing and midwifery)
Eventide Residential Aged Care Facility
Ingham (nursing and midwifery group practice)
Parklands Residential Aged Care Facility
Mental Health Service Group
Adult Acute Inpatient Unit
Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Day Service
Secure Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit
Townsville Community Care/Acquired Brain Injury Unit
Health and Well Being Service Group
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Special Care Nursery
Cleveland Youth Detention Centre
Townsville Community Health Service
More information about the areas available can be found at our facilities page.
Our Graduate Support Team
The Townsville HHS has a full-time nurse educator who is responsible for the co-ordination and management of the Graduate Program, while also providing support and guidance during a graduate’s first year. The nurse educator will also work on the wards, clinically, with the graduate.
Clinical integrators provide clinical support to graduates, helping with early integration and delivery of safe patient care. These positions assist with time management, clinical education, patient care and guidance with policies and procedures, covering morning and afternoon shifts most days of the week.
In addition, all graduate nurses and midwives are assigned a ward/unit clinical partner or preceptor throughout the graduate program. This person provides a resource and support contact to assist with orientating the graduate to their clinical area during the initial months, and during their program.
Applying for a Graduate Nurse or Midwife position
Hear what our previous graduate nurses have had to say about the program.
"Working at Townsville University Hospital (TUH) has allowed me to become a skilled, competent and holistic midwife, enabling me to facilitate informed choice and empower women and their families through their journey of pregnancy and parenthood.
TUH cares for many women throughout North Queensland and we are dedicated to ensuring women have positive healthcare experiences and positive outcomes.
I am proud to be part of the TUH community and proud to work with such an amazing team who want to make a positive change to women and their families."
Spencer, Registered Nurse
"I moved from the Sunshine Coast to Townsville for a graduate nursing position within oncology at Townsville University Hospital (TUH), and definitely do not regret my decision to move.
Not only did I complete the Graduate Nursing Program, I also completed a Queensland Cancer Education Program (QCEP). This educational program saw me completing modules, clinical assessments, attending specialised education days and rotating through three areas of oncology. I also received additional support from the clinical nurse educator of oncology, which was particularly helpful within my graduate year.
Having completed this program I am now able to put this towards my post-graduate study for credit. I love working in oncology, and I love the wonderful patients that I am privileged enough to care for."
Jeremy, Registered Nurse
"My experience in a rural community has been through interacting with a diverse range of clients.
I have had opportunities through a large variety of scenarios including aged care, trauma, emergency, triage, paediatrics and mental health. This has been facilitated in a supportive nurse-led environment, utilising facilities such as telehealth and retrieval services whilst involving myself in the rural lifestyle. This is possibly one of the best exposures there is to a wide variety of clients and situations."
Kirsty, Registered Nurse
Transitioning from a student nurse to a Registered Nurse can be a very overwhelming time for new nurses. The Graduate Nursing Program here at Townsville University Hospital offers novice nurses support and guidance during this pivotal transition period.
The ongoing support from the graduate and nursing midwifery team and my colleagues has enabled me to consolidate theory and clinical practice and has improved my clinical reasoning. Ongoing education and the opportunity to reflect has built a strong foundation on which I can continue to grow both professionally and personally.