The time spent as a graduate nurse or midwife can be both exciting and rewarding yet, it is not unusual for graduate nurses and midwives to be challenged by their expectations of nursing practice and the reality of the role (Graf et al, 2020).

Nurse & Midwife Support are experienced in providing information, resources and support to graduate nurses and midwives throughout their graduate year and then into their career future. If you have concerns about being a graduate or you missed out on a graduate position and would like to chat to someone you can call Nurse & Midwife Support, our national confidential support line 24/7 on 1800 667 877. We provide free confidential advice and referral, promote better health for nurses, midwives and students and safer care for the public.

Being a Graduate

A graduate year is a year of transition stages which include continuous learning, time to consolidate knowledge and skills, and gain confidence to practice independently.

In this section, you will find information about how to prepare for the challenges and the rewards during this time of your career


Graf, A.C., Jacob, E., Twigg, D., & Natabi, B. (2020). Contemporary nursing graduates’ transition to practice: a critical review of transition models. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29 (15-16), 3097-3107.